They asked me to design a site that would (according to the script) send unsuspecting surfers into a homicidal rage.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
He has wonderful conversations with the shadows that flicker in the candle light. He listens to the secrets whispered by the cracks along abandoned castle walls. His eyes remain open in the deepest of dreams. He dines with the ghouls that lurk beneath his bed and pays homage to the skeletons that reside in the corners of his closet.
Vincent Marcone is his name, and it's only a matter of time before his works creep their way into you.
What do you do for inspiration?
Music is a vital catalyst for my inspirations. I will often investigate the latest on various internet radio stations for fresh soundscapes that transcend what "pop" has been trying to feed us.
Movies have profound effects on my imagination as well. A film that has touched me will often leave some sort of vague imprint within my work.
I am also constantly reading odd fairytales and folklore that are on the fringe of being forgotten. They contain untold truths that I hope to capture within my imagery.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
amoeba corp (one of the first great flash sites to make its appearance on the web - years later, I'm still impressed by its clean and clever design)
Limbik Frequencies (when my ears need to feed)
Requiem for a Dream (a site that transcends the web - the message is as powerful as the design itself….this is the site that initially got me excited about flash)
What software couldn't you live without?
Living or dead, I would jump out of my skin without Photoshop.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Thus far, I'm very surprised and proud of the level of recognition that www.mypetskeleton.com has achieved. This little portfolio site of mine, has brought about more attention that I had ever fathomed. It's wonderful to have my digital world visited by so many people. I really can't think of a better compliment.
I don't regard many people as an "idol". However, I have always held David Bowie in very high esteem. The man's life represents an ongoing work of art. I have been impressed by him on countless different levels. Earlier this year, he picked mY pEt sKeLeTOn as his "site of the month". I was especially flattered by this, coming from the "thin white duke" himself.
I wouldn't regard this as my "biggest" achievement - but it does put one hell of a smile on my face.
Who is your target audience?
I think my work reaches people who are looking for something different on the web. Stray cyber surfers looking for a particular mood often find their way to my digital home.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I'm currently working on my latest project - "www.JohnnyHollow.com", which should be available sometime this fall.
My pEt sKeLeTOn has pushed many of the "Johnny Hollow" mp3's as a bonus section on the site. We (Johnny Hollow) had no idea that there would be such a great response to the songs - and have been encouraged to finish the album by many pushy (god bless'em) fans. The site will be an amalgamation of art, music and prose dedicated to our message.
I've just recently worked with the good people at "WitchBlade" productions, to assemble a mock website for their final season episode. They asked me to design a site that would (according to the script) send unsuspecting surfers into a homicidal rage. I was asked to put together a site that combined a corporate design that had a subtle darkness to it. I had a great time putting this together. It was interesting to create a site that adapted to a story line, rather than an online audience.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
This is a difficult question to answer since many of my projects don't necessarily involve online traffic (illustrations, tutorials, fine art, etc) - the last site that I designed was a digital prop for the TV show "WitchBlade" - which had everything to do with film and nothing to do with real online visitors. Having said that, the statistics off of my own site suggests that the next "real" site I put together should be hit rather severely. I guess I'll find out for sure when "JohnnyHollow.com" is running in the fall.
What did your very first site look like?
It was mysteriously eaten by a digital gremlin who found that particular string of binary coding rather tasty. I actually miss it very much. It was a simple html site that was designed around my dead gold fish "Dopple". I had attempted to resurrect the little guy with my old E6 Microtek scanner - because EVERYONE knows that the radiation from scanners can reanimate dead pet fish! Sadly, for some ungodly reason, it didn't work - but he made a hell of a cool image for my entry page.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
I can't answer this due to the very real fact that there are design snipers all around us….one wrong name and "KA-POW!" - GAME OVER! Just like my dead pet fish "Dopple" - my body waiting to be reanimated by some large "Kinkos" photocopier…
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I have written quite a few tutorials for "Computer Arts" magazine, but I haven't written any books thus far. I'm hoping to find the right publisher to bind my work with the stories that they tell...
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
I've been rather bored of what's available in T-shirt designs as of late, which is why I've been designing my own line of Ts. Of course I'm biased in this, but I'd rather wear shirts that aren't worn by 25 million other people. Having said that, if 25 million people buy my shirts, I will certainly change my tune.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
Where would it go?
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Never fall asleep with the light on. You never know what may find you.
It's been a privilege, Vincent, thanks very much.
Thank you, I'm very happy to be counted amongst such a talented group of creatives.