Getting married, having children and getting out of the office at 6pm will be my biggest achievement in the future.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I started working as a designer when I was 17 and I've been in this field for more than 8 years.
Worked mostly in Korea and had a chance to work for Firstborn Multimedia in New York from 2004 to 2005.
I love exploring any types of new skills and tools related to computer graphics such as 3d & motion graphics and so on. I’m doing freelancing jobs now and clients are mostly global companies.
What do you do for inspiration?
I love all kinds of visual things like movies, arts and photography, anything that can stimulate my brain. I do web surfing. But I don’t normally get inspiration from the web because I think it can limit my creative imagination.
There are thousands of things out there that can inspire you.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
I’ll work as a designer for the rest of my life. So I can say that I’m still on the way to the biggest achievement of my own.
Out of work, getting married, having children and getting out of the office at 6pm will be my biggest achievement in the future.
What software couldn't you live without?
Photoshop, 3dsmax, aftereffects, and of course flash.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I’m doing 3 projects right now. Two projects are microsites for global companies and one is for international movie festival. I cannot mention the name of companies at this moment.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
Group 94 - Cool and clever navigation
Hi-ReS - Creative edge
PSYOP - awesome broadcast works
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
When it’s chosen by fwa, we have a lot of visitors. It’s always good to know that there are many people who are interested in my works
Who is your target audience?
It can be anyone. I believe good design should be able to inspire anybody.
What area of web design lacks the most?
The variety of interactions. One of the greatest things about the web is that it can interact with users in many different ways.
Of course each web site has a different purpose of being. But many sites tend to just simply show some information in one way when it shouldn’t be like that. It’s just not fun.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
I made my first site 8 years ago. So it's not online anymore. It was my personal website and didn’t look great. But I was very proud of myself at that time.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I was asked to write a book twice. But since I still have a lot to learn, I think I should focus on developing myself, rather than spending time on writing books. And I'm terrible at writing.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
I recently worked on KIA Carnival project. We only had like 3 weeks to make this web site.
Although we didn’t have any technical issues, it was hard to manage the timeline. I worked mostly with 3dsmax, Aftereffects, and flash for final. Though it was hard, I did have fun working on this project.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
Yes. But it definitely needs to be improved on performance.
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
I haven't taken any courses or been to any art schools. So I don’t know what it’s like to be in a class to study design.
But I believe from my experience, the most important thing is that you have to have great interests in this field and enjoy learning what you need and want.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
I work by myself now. Probably for freelancers, the most effective way to get new clients is to show a convincing portfolio.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I would like to say do not try to master all the skills at once. Just play with what you know first. That's how I developed my skills.
And once you become comfortable with one or two skills, you can move on to the next one.
And as I mentioned before, the most important thing for designers is that you have to enjoy it very much otherwise you’ll get tired soon and won’t be able to keep going.
What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?
I guess it would be a VGA card for my computer. I had to upgrade the card for working in better performance ;)
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
Whatever I can get from my closet. I don’t spend much time on fashion. But my girlfriend already filled my closet with her taste.
Q. Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Q. It's been a privilege, thanks very much.
Thanks for this opportunity.