.

Before the internet, somebody would spend 10 years in their room writing a book. You don't see that type of single-minded dedication applied to the web very often.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

My computer related bio is as follows: At age 10, got a ZX-81 and started programming by coding ASCII space invader games.

At university I studied Computer Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence. After a horrible job as a C programmer for a huge corporation, I joined a multimedia software company.

Been working at various multimedia/web design companies since then (Amaze, Huge, RGA), mainly doing Director and Flash development.

My personal site is Airtight Interactive

  What do you do for inspiration?

I find inspiration in the media that I grew up with: comics, magazines and arcade games. I think websites should be as easy to use as reading a comic book, as visually exciting as a magazine and as fun as playing Pac-man.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

Sites that I go to everyday include:

MXNA - Macromedia development news aggregator.

Guardian Unlimited - UK based news site.

Flickr Photo sharing site.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

My son Caspar :)

  What software couldn't you live without?

Err.. Flash?

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I'm currently working at Brightcove, helping build the future of 'internet TV'. Lots of cool stuff about to happen.

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

For Flash work: Yugop, Group94 and wefail

  Who is your target audience?

People with large fore-brains.

  What area of web design lacks the most?

I feel that web designers need to do their own thing more often. There is a definite herd mentality to the web. If you spend all day checking other people's sites you will end up building something that looks the same.

Before the internet, somebody would spend 10 years in their room writing a book. You don't see that type of single-minded dedication applied to the web very often.

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

My first real site was a web-zine called "SLACK", featuring text and animated gifs stolen from other sites. Unfortunately no one read it except me.

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

People don't read books anymore, do they?

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Yes, in one form or another. It's so widespread right now that it won't be going away soon. Even if it does, any skills you learn using Flash will be transferable to whatever replaces it.

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

I taught myself Flash 5 by building a Q-BERT clone.

To learn Flash, think of something you would like to see or use and try to build it. Keep bugging people with questions - but not me :). Post questions on flash forums.

  What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?

I really want to buy a $200 trash can, but my wife won't let me.

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

You can't go wrong with Banana Republic.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Turn off the internet and build something you would like to see. It's better to build something crappy then it is to watch other people's stuff.

  It's been a privilege Felix, thanks very much.

Indubitably.


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