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The high point was being interviewed on MTV (2000) with my jazz influenced heavy metal band 'BigEasy' (yea yea... stole the name... now we're broken up and half the members are lost...) and low point was cutting my ponytail (which was a good idea in retrospect).

  Please give us a bio of yourself.

I'm Nik Khilnani, a guy with a love-hate relationship with Flash since Flash 3. Right now I hate Flash 'cause it doesn't do what I want it to and of late I've been using it quite a bit.

The usual plug....Nik's personal site http://nuthing.com just got nominated at FlashForward2002 NYC as a finalist in the Application category.

Thanks to Miko, Peter, Fernando, Databhi, Matt and everyone else at Ultrashock and everyone who ever shared a FLA source file online.

Thanks to www.Praystation.com (the first flash site I visited on a regular basis and tried to download the entire site), www.Kimble.org (first site that kinda made me wanna learn Flash) and www.Entropy8.com (for getting me interested in website design in the first place).

Nik worked with Miko 'n Peter (nrg.be) at Ultrashock for a long while which won the People's Choice award at Macromedia UCONN in 2001 & Best 3D for its v4 intro by JuxtInteractive at FlashForward2001. Nik also wrote material for the FriendsOfEd Flash 5: Dynamic Content Studio a very long time ago.

The life history follows...

Nik was born in the Philippines, grew up in New Orleans and New York. Lived in India for a long while (Mexico for 8 months somewhere in between), is back in the U.S. and just floated to Richmond, VA from NYC (from Buffalo before that). Nik spent a long while doing school (6 yrs for under grad) and graduated from school with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science (May 2002). I guess I had a lot of fun.

The high point was being interviewed on MTV (2000) with my jazz influenced heavy metal band 'BigEasy' (yea yea... stole the name... now we're broken up and half the members are lost...) and low point was cutting my ponytail (which was a good idea in retrospect).

  What do you do for inspiration?

I have no clue. I don't think I do very original work so it's evident I need some more inspiration. I tried nature. I went to Central Park and looked at all the nice trees, cycled a lot, tried to absorb the beauty around me.

It worked out great. I cycled a lot, got exercise, drank beer on the grass and learned to appreciate girls more. Not that appreciation was lacking but being with girls while drinking beer to kill your hangover on a Sunday afternoon just doesn't let you think about Flash and Chaos theory and stuff.

I tried games, sci-fi etc. Now being glazed (too many glazed chocolate donuts do that...) in front of the PS2, Xbox kinda thing is great... but that don't help either.

I don't like to get up. Also, if I got up I'd lose out on the glazed donuts so why would I? Passing the donut around also gets in the way of doing any work.

I tried browsing.... too many sites online to browse. I found my bookmarks increased by 300 or something and I never went back to any of the sites I bookmarked, so I forgot their names and what they looked like and so it's as if I'd never browsed them.

A lot of them were sites like mine (old ones I mean). 1 update a month... and that's a news update. Didn't work... If I were an average web user, I would never visit my site more than once each version update. After the initial eye candy I'm bored. The eye candy is great but it don't lend too much to a website after the first few visits.

I'm not too good at finding inspiration for design... I'm still searching though...

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

http://stereotypography.com - http://forums.ultrashock.com - http://chattyfig.figleaf.com

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Buying my new Acura RSX - Type S, 200 hp on a 2600 pounder... 0 - 60 in under 7 secs or something like that...

I don't think I did anything outstanding or great with Flash although I really appreciate being interviewed, nominated at FlashForward, given the opportunity to write material for a book and meeting all the people I've met.

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

www.fork.de - www.hi-res.net - www.randommedia.co.uk

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I like building applications or anything that does something useful/functional. Been working on some interesting XML based TaskManager/Scheduler, LayoutUIManager, etc.

Did some intranet stuff that was 1000% more functional than my website, A Patient Information System for a bunch of medical clinics (Flash/Xml, Java/Xsl, MySQL).

  What area of web design lacks the most?

It all lacks. That's the good thing. We try to fill up the holes, everyone tries in their own way which is very interesting. Flash lacks security tho....

  What software couldn't you live without?

Macromedia Flash and WinAmp.

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

A lot... The current version apparently got a lot of attention. I don't think it deserves all the attention it's getting but hell, I'm not going to complain.

  Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?

I wrote material for Friends Of Ed : Flash 5 Dynamic Content Studio. I can't type y'know. I think too fast for my hands. So as long as Word has a good spell checker I would be interested in writing material for books.

  Who is your target audience?

Me. A programmer/designer.

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

Ooooooooook. www.nuthing.com/nuthing/v1/ (no longer online)

First time with Flash and 3Dmax and the illustrate or vetra3d plugin or something I think.

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash?

The current intranet project I’m working on, XML based engine for task managing, layout, actions, data etc. Not finished yet...

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Yes. It better be. I don't wanna code HTML and JavaScript for IE and Navigator and now Mozilla and Opera etc again.

Flash will stay. It has so much to offer. Version 7 will kick ass as well.

The initial excitement has passed so now people are creating actual websites and applications.

This will reduce the number of bad flash sites out there and will help mend flash's reputation. People still associate flash only with bad intros and processor heavy animation.

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

Source files are great. Learn from them, don't use them.

The best way to learn is to dissect something and see how it works and then try to build it yourself with minimum reference to the source file.

Challenge yourself. There is only so much source files can teach you. You have to push yourself to do things you haven't done before. And take a 15 min break for every 1 hour of computer time.

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

While flashing... I don't care as long as it's comfortable. Otherwise I don't have too much of a preference but I find myself collecting Gap (cheap pants that are virtually disposable...), Express for men (was Structure), banana republic, Abercrombie & Fitch (I don't like them but I still have their clothes... no idea how), Guess and anything else that looks nice.

Hmmm maybe I do have a preference.

I hate shopping. I don't know how to shop, I walk in, look around and I'm out in 30 secs. Or I get all confused, 'cause I have no idea what I want and then if I'm taken by my girl friend she gets her way, or if single... I just learn to do the laundry more often.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Flash is one of the tools to get things done. Not the only one.

  It's been a privilege, Nik, thank you very much.

Thank you for having me, appreciate being acknowledged and interviewed.


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