After being sat in front of a computer with Photoshop and Flash literally all day long for 2 years, I had better become somewhat good.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

Dashiell Ponce de Leon, 24, 5'11.

-Nationality: Cuban

-Speak: English, Spanish & Some Japanese.


  What do you do for inspiration?

I find most inspiration in film and at my office, I kind of have a nice view.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Completing the new version of www.Flashlevel.com was a big achievement, but releasing a hot new site for a client we have in a week or so will be far more satisfying.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

www.IGN.com, www.MOVIES.COM and www.EBAY.com.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Photoshop, Flash.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

1 project, scheduled to be released very soon.

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

There are way too many companies, and I am not really into that kind of research at this time.

  Who is your target audience?

Why not target everyone?

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

It was nauseating. I believe it is online, but you probably would not like to see it.

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

I am now trying to focus more on our company and building a portfolio. Maybe in a few years I'll be ready for a book if I am ever given that opportunity.

  What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it?

It must be the new Flashlevel, due to the little amount of time we actually had to come up with it and put it all together.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Sure, with more and more enhancements. Why not?

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

After being sat in front of a computer with Photoshop and Flash literally all day long for 2 years, I had better become somewhat good. My advice would be to experiment and try new things, sometimes-weird things look nice

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

I try to be as comfortable as possible, therefore I look nothing like a professional. It looks more like I'm going to the beach when I come to my office. Shorts, T-shirt, sandals, barefooted? Yes.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Today Flashlevel would be as bad as the first site I ever created if it wasn't for Martin Sandstrom AKA "MASA", Flashlevel's Main

Programmer/Application Developer. So, big thanks to him & to all friends that were around while our new site was under development.

  It's been a privilege, Dashiell, thank you.

Likewise, always glad to be here.

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