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Find what makes you happy, and do it, as long as it doesn't involve pain.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

Started in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 18 on skate, hip-hop, and hardcore music lifestyle magazines.

Moved to LA at 21 and worked at Loadtv as co-head of in house agency Load Media Design.

Created websites for Andy Dick, Sundance TV, and Snoopdogtv. Then went to DNA Studio as Sr. art director, also worked on several properties including Traffic, Legally Blonde, Montel Williams, Universal Focus, USA Films.net, Star Trek Trivia, and Game Show Network.

At G4 TV, helped work on branding the network's launch and was responsible for the design direction for all on-line sites.

Most recently worked as owner/partner and VP of creative at exopolis.com where I worked on every aspect of the business.

Leading the creative for clients such as Maroon 5, Friday Night Lights, HBO, Cinemax, Lollapolooza, ABC Family, Coke, Diet Coke, Merril Lynch, Fuse, VH1, Universal Studios, J Records, and so on.

Built the creative team from the ground up, designing the identity of the company and all of its many promotional materials.

Now at new studio E.G.G. (Enjoy Greener Grass) with new business partner Mike Kellogg as Design Director and Partner.

  What do you do for inspiration?

Same as everyone else I'd guess. Movies, music, reading, people watching, nature, it's never ending.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

google.com - between maps and images I just use it constantly.

amazon.com - I'm a closeted shopaholic

comcastic.com - currently my favorite, keeps me busy and always entertaining.

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Being where I'm at now with E.G.G.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Illustrator mainly, but can't imagine living without, itunes, photoshop, aftereffects, cinema 4d, mail, and safari either.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

A whole product line with the Angry Garden series, limited edition prints, clothing, books, skateboards, short films, etc.

Launching our e-commerce soon, a couple of flash based applications, and a gang of client work.

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

Psyop.tv

mk12.com

nakd.tv

  What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

All depends.. If the project hits all the design sites and portals we'll get a gang of traffic but it usually only last a couple of weeks.. then back to normal.

  Who is your target audience?

Everyone's mom in middle America, including my own.

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

Oh man, um, not so good. I think my very first site was for my portfolio at burntgraphix.com.

The first one I made was with Page Mill of all things. It came free with some other application I’d bought. It's definitely not around any longer... I put it to sleep. Just had to be done, for its own good.

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

I haven't written any books but we do have a couple in the works that will hopefully be out by mid 2006.

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

I'd have to say the hardest thing I ever did in flash was sit there, frustrated, for hours, staring at code.

After a couple of hours of it I find out there is just one little letter that is wrong in a label and it's all over. So I guess learning is actually the toughest thing I've done in flash.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

I do think flash will be around for a long time to come. It will of course continue to change dramatically as the years progress.

Maybe they will get the rest of the bugs cleaned up in the next few years!

  What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?

Well considering I'm self taught I'd say you don't absolutely need school.

It's obviously a great direction for a lot of people but it's not always an option for everyone. If you feel you need it, you probably do.

  When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?

Previous relationships mainly. Though getting our site up and out to the world helps too.

Having sites like FWA, K10K, Surfstation, Design is Kinky, Linkdup, Ultrashock, etc to really push us out there was amazing.

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

Books, books, and more books. Countless hours, nights, weekends playing around with new designs, directions and techniques.

My advice would be don't focus to much on what everyone else is doing. It's easy to get caught up in that game. Just find your inspiration and go with it.

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

60 gig video ipod.. It’s so pretty.

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

Wearing a Carhart hoodie right now but not sure if that makes me a labels man. It's one of the few clothing companies that makes products to fit us tall guys.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

Find what makes you happy, and do it, as long as it doesn't involve pain.

Killing is bad. Down time is good. Love everyone like they were family.

Don't eat fast food! Loving someone doesn't mean you have to like them.

Plants are your friends. Don't speak to strangers, unless their cute!

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

Thanks... I appreciate it.


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