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I think I covered everything I wanted to say already. Maybe something deep like "keep eating your vegetables" would be nice.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

My name is Manuel Tan but most people call me Manny. I live and work in NYC. I run a website called uncontrol where I experiment with programmatic movement associated with natural motion.

  What do you do for inspiration?

I always tell everybody to sketch as much as you can. If you have an idea for something, keep a record of it so you don't forget it. Lately I've been going to the park and I do my sketching there.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

How Stuff Works, to see how stuff works.

Brickshelf - it's a site where people post their lego creations. You'd be amazed to see what people can create using small plastic blocks.

Most E-mailed Content - it's a good ph-test for the mindset of the people on the internet, kinda like a sneak peek at what people are interested in during that time.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Surpisingly, it's Textpad. It's an incredibly simple and streamlined text editor that just does everything I want it to do.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

I recently finished a class in C programming and I am so happy it's over. It's one of the toughest languages I've ever tried to learn. There's still a lot more to learn and I hope to continue my programmatic movement using openGL with C. The only thing that would top that will be when I finally get a drivers license.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

Aside from work-related projects, I recently met some people with similar interests in experimental art. They work in a variety of other mediums like sound, installation art, physical computing, etc. We hope to create some gallery art soon.

  Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?

Hi-Res!, just because they've created some of the most involving and original experiences online to date. Method because they understand information architecture better than most companies. Digit because they have the most technically impressive and understated work I've seen in a while.

  Who is your target audience?

I don't know because I never really thought about it. In a weird way, uncontrol still remains a hobby for me and not a business. I do what I like on my site.

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

The majority of my experiments are usually under 30k, so if I get slammed on any particular month my bandwidth can handle it. I recently started using quicktime movies where file size starts to become an issue, i.e. – bigger monthly payments. I haven't found a good solution yet so if anybody has a few megs they can spare and a large transfer rate, please feel free to email me.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Yes in one form or another. Hopefully it involves tie-ins with the Sim's Online game.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

There are plenty of sites that are technically and visually savy. One of the things that I've noticed and I'm also guilty of this is that no one seems to be doing anything different.

You could create and integrate the best nav scroller in the world but you realize that it's still a scroller. You can create the most beautiful wallpaper in the world but it's still wallpaper. There has to be other avenues to explore aside from revisiting old and accepted methods.

  What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

No it's sadly not online. I lost it in an old computer that blew up. It was still an experimental site but it consisted mostly of Director experiments using trails and fluid cursor motion. It had a tendency to lock up other peoples' machines.

  Have you written any books?

I've been published in a variety of books and magazines where I answered interview questions like these.

I've written a chapter in 2 books published by Friends of Ed, New Masters of Flash 2002 Annual and Flash Math Creativity. I'd like to write a sci-fi novel mixing technology and the new testament but I doubt anybody would publish it.

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash?

My latest experiment or project is usually the toughest because I'm always learning something new.

  How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

Start simple, build and do everything yourself. Kinda like the karate kid school of Flash and Design. Using existing code is great for learning but to really understand a block of code, figuring out its string and weak points is something you only know if you build it yourself.

I have not done a full on spining 3D world yet because I haven't built one on my own.

  What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?

Dickies because it's so durable, it's easy to wash, and it don't wrinkle.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

I think I covered everything I wanted to say already. Maybe something deep like "keep eating your vegetables" would be nice.

  It's been a privilege, Manny, thanks very much.

Thank you.


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