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Talking with friends who have written books or even just a full chapter, I've come to think that I probably wouldn't want to put myself through such torture.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I was born in 1975, the year of the rabbit. I grew up in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area where my entire family still lives.

My education started off in architecture/urban design then I transferred schools and wound up getting a BS in geography/urban design.

I worked for several years at an engineering firm in the environmental planning department doing all sorts of things. I won't bore you with details.

I had the opportunity to switch careers and become an art director and partner in a small upstart design studio where I pretty much cut my teeth for a few years.

After figuring things out for myself and yearning for more I moved to NYC (East Village then Park Slope, Brooklyn to be exact) and worked briefly for SpikeTV and then Heavy.

After that I worked at Big Spaceship for about a year and a month.

Then another great opportunity was presented to me, which led me to where I am now as Design Director at Hello Design in Los Angeles.

All along the way I've participated in some group exhibitions, helped with The Drama magazine and taken on all sorts of freelance projects.

My own site Stopbreathing dot com needs a serious dusting off. I'll get around to it one day.

So that's the short of it.

  What do you do for inspiration?

Participate in life. Listen to people. Stay observant.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

I can't really list any new or slick "cool" sites really because there's just too many to list and there will just be another slew of them next week.

So here are a few that I regularly go to for substance...my favorites:

Design Observer - for great dialogue and news involving design of all mediums

The Morning News - selected news and funny articles

Google - of course

  What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Switching careers and being where I am today in such a short time.

  What software couldn't you live without?

My life functioned nicely before it all so I guess I could still function without it all. Although it's hard to take away things once you've grown accustomed to them...so maybe OSX I couldn't live without these days.

  What projects do you have in the pipeline?

At Hello we always have some interesting things in store. Nothing I can speak about specifically at the moment.

Personally I'm just continually working on drawings and such. I've been helping with art direction and layouts, etc. with The Drama Magazine for a while now. So that's always an ongoing thing. Issue 008 will be on the streets sometime in July so keep yer eyes peeled.

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

Too many, but if I have to limit it and aside from Hello Design and my past employer Big Spaceship...I enjoy the work from these guys:

- Syrup

- Odopod

- North Kingdom

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

Fortunately it is not online. It was a site for a friend running a small graphics shop. I just want to forget.

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

I have not written any books. I've participated in chapters for books, but not personally written a book.

Talking with friends who have written books or even just a full chapter, I've come to think that I probably wouldn't want to put myself through such torture.

Would I rule out writing a book...no… the timing and the motivation combined with inspiration would move me to doing so, plus I would severely need the help of someone whose writing skills are better than my own.

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

Every project is tough and has its own set of problems and challenges, believe me I've seen all sorts and continue to see new things crop up.

Each project also builds experience which benefits the next project as far as how to deal with these problems, and so you get better and faster and push yourself and your buddies that much harder.

I remember one project in particular that now looking back would be so easy to accomplish, was a site for the band Onelinedrawing.

The coder and myself had such a time figuring out how to spin all these graphics in circles including this huge graphic with out performance loss or crunchy looking images...etc.

I'm sure if you're reading this your thinking "pffft...sooo easy..geesh", but at the time it was tricky.

Was it my toughest project, not at all.

I would say my most recent project that's been interesting and tough at times is the Yaris Digital City Guide for Toyota in conjunction with Saatchi & Saatchi L

This project had lots of elements to incorporate along with heavy video usage. Long hours on this one.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

I think the idea of it is definitely here to stay and will most certainly change and morph over time.

Flash is just a tool and it's going to change, but providing great concepts and content via motion and experience is the way to go to capture folks and to bring attention to brands.

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

Work, work and work. Then sleep an hour or two and work some more.

Working at a place that has great designers and flash people will also help out with that learning curve. Always work with people better than yourself....always.

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

A portable Weber grill for Memorial Day cookout. Yeah, I'm a high roller.

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

I like labels. They're fun at times. But I'm a t-shirt jeans kind of guy.

  Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

I thank the good man above for allowing me to be successful and get paid for doing what I do and meeting so many great friends along the way...oh and don't forget to laugh and work with people better than you.

  It's been a privilege, thanks very much.

Thank you, I appreciate the opportunity..take care.


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