I think most websites are just over designed and lack solid concept. But I think it gets better with each year.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

My name is Tomas Celizna, I am 26 years old and I have degree in Information Management. Prior to starting design studio dgu I worked for about a year for a internet start-up here in Prague. I still love the web.

  What do you do for inspiration?

I am still waiting impatiently until 'it' comes. :-) What inspires me a lot is music, which I listen to nearly all the time - I really love exploring new and different styles and kinds of music.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

pitchforkmedia.com, quatermass.net, newstoday.com, k10k.net, moma.org/Russian, newordergetready.com (no longer online), 010101.sfmoma.org + many many others.

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

We are happy that our projects are often listed on design portals, so the traffic always gets boosted significantly.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Accepting one needs any software to live, I am saying: "Probably Photoshop and Flash. Total Commander, WinAmp and Miranda is a plus :-)"

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

dgu.cz (for quite a long time :-)), sound postproduction studio website, a museum, a photographer... We always welcome new projects - I tend to get excited with each new one :-)

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?


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

My all time favourites are, for example Method, Hi-Res! and Basedesign, I like Honest's work, Flat, de-construct, Foundation33, Intro, perimetre-flux, Standard Rad, thonik... there's so many I look up to.

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

The problem is that I am very strong in coming up with challenges for myself. Always check our last project :-)

  Who is your target audience?

Depends on the project. We try to approach each project individually based on its character. Our client list is very diverse - ranging from cultural institutions, non-profit organizations through commercial and government clients to personal ones.... We are also focused not only on websites - we do a lot of print, broadcast and environmental work too.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

I think most websites are just over designed and lack solid concept. But I think it gets better with each year.

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

No comment :-)

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

Not yet & no plans due to my busy schedule.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Definitely. This is just the beginning :-) There are still so many issues that need to be solved in terms of usability and so on.

  How have you learned so many skills and can you offer any advice for newbies?

I started with a Flash manual and I got most of my coding skills from FlashCoders list. Needless to say I used to code a lot at highschool (assembler and so on).

  It's been a privilege, Tomas, thankyou.

Thanks for this opportunity.

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