Things like the pilot of Miami Vice where there are just these transcendent moments where it slips from being a police drama into a music video, like where Tubbs is in the strip club and just starts dancing, fixed on the girl on stage and it becomes this whole separate episode laying on top of the narrative.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
Born and grew up near Portsmouth on the south coast of England. Went to university in Norwich and then spent some time studying for a masters in critical studies in the film department at UCLI'm currently living in London, working at Relevare.
What do you do for inspiration?
I find that quite hard to answer, inspiration strikes in a lot of different ways and feeling inspired doesn't necessarily have any connection to actually creating something.
As far as feeling inspired in general goes, I like cinema a lot and it's something I can get really excited about. Things like the pilot of Miami Vice where there are just these transcendent moments where it slips from being a police drama into a music video, like where Tubbs is in the strip club and just starts dancing, fixed on the girl on stage and it becomes this whole separate episode laying on top of the narrative. I find that kind of thing quite inspiring.
Also, I saw part of an episode of Star Trek the other day and I thought that was fairly outstanding, in its use of colour and composition in depth, and the way Shatner and Nimoy and Kelly presented themselves to the audience, again making up this intricate composition.
Of course neither of those are literally cinema, but I would describe them as cinematic in the feelings they achieve. I like music as well. I've got some of Goblin's Argento soundtracks recently and they're awesome. I've also been listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy lately; they have a very strong narrative element. A lot of other stuff as well. I could write a list but I won't.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
Too many to mention I think.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Not really anything I could pick out.
What software couldn't you live without?
Flash is quite useful.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
A lot of vague ideas. I've just finished doing five chapters for Flash MX Studio for friendsofed, so I've got reviewing to come for that. Things at work.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
Again, too many to mention really, probably more interested in individual sites than the companies who made them.
Have you written any books?
I've written chapters in a few flash books.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
Not really very much I don't think.
Who is your target audience?
I don't really have a target audience I just do stuff and then if it fits with other stuff that's on nooflat I'll put it on there and if not I won't.
What area of web design lacks the most?
Not sure I understand this question. If you mean what do I dislike on the web then I guess too much flash where it's not really appropriate or necessary.
What did your very first site look like?
It was very complicated and it had several different ways of navigating, floating menus that followed the mouse, but could be changed to draggable or docked, etc. It was pretty bad, but it taught me a lot.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash?
The hardest thing I did was I think when I started work at Relevare before I really knew how to do anything in flash 5 and I had to do a Windows Explorer style thing for creating xml files. It ended up quite a mess but it worked pretty well.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
I suppose it or something similar. It's just a medium really so I'm not super bothered.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I guess the main thing would be to work stuff out for yourself and to persevere.
Set out what you want to achieve and don't rest until you have achieved it. Don't rely on other people.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
Hmm. I have very particular taste in clothes, but it's not something that comes down to one label or other. I have a mandarina duck jumper that I like.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
It's been a privilege, Jamie, thanks very much.