I would love to write a book someday but I barely have time to write to my blog... If I did, it would probably be about a Flash programmer who was also a spy. Also, he drives a motorcycle.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
Hi my name is Julian and I enjoy long walks on the beach, cute little puppy dogs, and uhhh.... wait - wrong bio.
I am the Director of Creative Technology at Fuel Industries in Ottawa, and a graduate of the Multimedia Production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
What do you do for inspiration?
I can't say I do one specific thing, but I find myself trying to get inspiration from anywhere but the internet these days.
When I’m suffering from a creative block I usually find myself going to a bookstore and looking through the books in the arts section.
Trying to get inspiration from the same medium you’re designing for only results in a lot of derivative ideas.
I find going back to art and music – raw creativity – is the best way to keep fresh ideas coming.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
infosthetics.com - This site is filled with great data visualization projects
guitarshredshow.com - What’s cooler then a crazy guitar solo?
vodafone.com/flash/futures - I mean come on - it's the future.
What software couldn't you live without?
Hands down - iTunes. I am always the most productive when my headphones are on.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
We have more than I can count on both hands right now.
We’ve doubled the size of our shop over the last year, and we’re still working to capacity all the time.
The next major projects we have coming out are a Flash game for Johnson & Johnson baby bath products and a 3D interactive walkthrough of the Alberta Legislature building.
It’s going to allow students from all over the province to explore the building and the history it contains right from their classrooms.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
Most of our campains are viral, and nobody is going to pass on something that looks like it was designed by an amateur.
Creative, original ideas and hot design drive that viral traffic, and those are two things we do very well.
Well if they didn't we wouldn't be doing a very good job, so I like to think that our designs and sites have a big impact on traffic.
Who is your target audience?
I guess that would all depend on the project. There’s no one target market that we aim for, so we have to keep in mind who it is we’re talking to right from the idea phase of every job.
It’s most often younger males who are playing games online, but more and more we’re seeing women playing more games, and consequently, we’re doing more games aimed specifically at women.
What area of web design lacks the most?
Buzz words! There are clearly not enough buzz words. Terms like "the Flash Platform" and "Web 2.0" lack a certain flare.
I think we need to enlist the guy who makes up all the secret operation names for the CIA.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
Thank God it's not online - and being a programmer, all I can say it wasn't pretty.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I would love to write a book someday but I barely have time to write to my blog, so I’m not sure if I'll ever get around to it.
If I did, it would probably be about a Flash programmer who was also a spy. Also, he drives a motorcycle.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
If I had to pick one thing it would be the multi-user portion of fuelindustries.com.
Besides the video chat, our business development team can control potential client’s experience on the site using Flash Media Server.
But I try to make sure that there is something challenging in every project I do.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
For sure. There is nothing that anyone can do to make it go away. Well, I suppose Adobe could make it go away if they wanted… but I really don’t see that happening.
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
This industry is built on talent and not a degree of any kind.
If you have the talent and the passion to make it in the industry you will.
What you get from school is the opportunity to grow and find your strengths. It also teaches you how to teach yourself, which is an important skill to have in this business.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
Doing great work is always the best way to get new clients.
At some point, you have to get in front of them to show them your work, but if your work isn't great that meeting will be very short.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I learned a lot in school but never really started to see my full potential until I started working on client projects and working with a great team.
Continue to push yourself on daily basis and surround yourself with really smart people.
What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?
A ticket for the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers hockey game.
We won 4-1. :)
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
How did you know I wear an overcoat? That pocket protector isn't mine I swear.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
At all times, try to avoid stepping on rattle snakes.
It's been a privilege, thanks very much.
It's been my pleasure. Keep up the great work on keeping us all inspired.