I am really sick of hearing music on sites that sounds like a cheap porno movie from the seventies. I think people really underestimate the importance of great music and sound fx.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
My name is Nino Del Padre I am the President and Lead Designer of Del Padre Visual Productions, Inc. a full service video and interactive media company in Western Massachusetts. I started the company in 1991 in a walk in closet in my mother's apartment working with mostly event video production; I started CD Rom and web design in 1995. Today the company is one of the leading studios of its kind servicing local and global clients from LEGO to NASA.
What do you do for inspiration?
I like to watch movies and listen to music. I also like to write music, most of the music we use in our productions was created by me.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Becoming a father is one of them but I am also proud of being the cover story of last October's issue of my favorite magazine AV Video Multimedia Producer and being named as one of the top 100 producers in the country last year.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
What software couldn't you live without?
The obvious ones, Flash and Photoshop
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I just wrapped up a really cool one for NASA that we worked on with Lucas Films LTD and McLain Science and Education, to be displayed at the Smithsonian Institute as well as 200 other museums around the country.
It is a compelling and high-tech presentation that will focus on the science of STS 107, a space shuttle mission scheduled for launch mid 2002. Incorporating digital video segments of launch footage, interviews with the STS 107 crewmembers and various interactive visual representations of experiments.
Working with George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic, Droid R2-D2 from the Star Wars empire acts as co-presenter in this interesting look at the effects of space flight on human physiology. Live presenters will interact with this educational multimedia platform at over 200 science museums across the country.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
The delpadre.com site gets about 45,000 unique visitors a month from the Macromedia Director Showcase and many award and inspirational sites.
Who is your target audience?
Anyone and everyone! We create and appeal to a diverse audience. We do work for Funeral Homes to major Toy Companies like LEGO and Hasbro.
What area of web design lacks the most?
Music, good music at least. I am really sick of hearing music on sites that sounds like a cheap porno movie from the seventies. I think people really underestimate the importance of great music and sound fx.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
No, I don't have time to write my own checks!
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it?
The hardest thing that we ever did with Flash and Director was the creation of the "Virtual Showroom" for LEGO Systems.
Moving from a standard print catalogue to a virtual showroom, the LEGO North American Sales Team needed an interactive solution for showcasing the complete LEGO product line (over 300 products).
Additionally, LEGO required the Virtual Showroom to provide customers the ability to view and order products and print sell sheets via laptops.
Finally, LEGO required that orders placed and saved on the computer (offline), could later be transmitted to LEGO's SAP order entry system-via the Web. The product is now in its fourth version and is in use every day all over the country.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
Not good and no. It was the delpadre.com inception built in Microsoft word in 1995 and it was cheesy!
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
A lot of screwing around with wacky ideas. Drink a lot of coffee and don't be afraid to experiment.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
I go with the Hefner look, a white cotton robe, and a black knitted hat and my favorite Sketchers boots (when I am working at my home studio) otherwise our seven employees and myself dress pretty casual, (I look good in anything)
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Don't give up in your dreams, they might take a long time to obtain but if you work hard enough you will get there.
It's been a privilege, Nino, thanks very much.
No, Thank You!