We are seven strong at SUBAKT. There are 5 men and two very pretty women and when we are flashing we are all naked (it's better for inspiration!!).

  Please give us a brief bio of yourselves..

Started in 2000 by Frédéric Sofiyana (graphic artist) and Stéphane Lefèvre (photographer), the SUBAKT Creative Arts Studio creates, develops and delivers original art works blending design, graphics, photography and sound.

Outside our contract work for customers, creative activity carried out by SUBAKT includes a 3-media research and development lab handling Web art, print media, and video.

SUBAKT's specialist team is made up as follows: Frédéric Sofiyana: co-founder and creative arts manager, Stéphane Lefèvre: co-founder and photographic director, Marc Guillaumin: arts coordinator, Guillaume Antigny: graphics, web designer, Guillaume Manteau: graphics, web designer, Gaëlle Raux: development, Peggy Tavenne: liaison and communications.

  What do you do for inspiration?

We listen to music a lot, we do brainstorming all together, feeling free to say whatever we have in mind. Sometimes the best way to get an idea is not to think about it.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

www.Surfstation.lu, www.abnormalbehaviorchild.com, www.praktica.net

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Our web site, just because it's a free platform we use to express ourselves. Its ergonomics permits us to include very different kinds of projects: web, print, photo / video.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

We are developing a series of mobile exhibition concepts for early 2003. The idea is to present personal works of SUBAKT members. We'll have web, print, photo and video projects.

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

www.Hi-res.net, www.thedesignersrepublic.com, www.attik.com.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Photoshop, Flash

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

We think so. The new version including video shows that this software is still evolving.

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

It was very simple, with direct access to the projects : www.subakt.fr/v1 (no longer online)

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash?

One of the toughest things we made was www.kenzo.com, because it is fully dynamic, and full of action script.

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

The best way to learn is to experiment and practice over your own limits. Most of us learn in front of our screen. Maybe we have one advice to give. Too many web designers work on their own, searching information, tools, scripts...on the web. We set up SUBAKT because we wanted a place where people could work, talk, think all together (and sometimes sing silly songs...).

  Who is your target audience?

Culture, fashion and music industries.

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

No we haven't but we would like to a lot. We took part in the book : 800*600.

  What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you labels men/ women?

We are seven strong at SUBAKT. There are 5 men and two very pretty women and when we are flashing we are all naked (it's better for inspiration!!).

  It's been a privilege, thanks very much.

You're welcome.

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