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I built lots of fake websites just because it was fun, and eventually my style evolved into what it is today.

  Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I’m a multimedia developer specializing in rich online experiences using Flash as my tool of choice.

I’m currently Senior Developer at Grip Limited working on brands such as Honda, Acura, Labatt, and lululemon.

  What do you do for inspiration?

I mainly check out other current works but I do like to travel and see other cultures when I get a chance. I just finished a three week trip around Europe and found a lot of inspiration scattered throughout.

  Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

Enigmind – Love every aspect of this site, very nice transitions.

Pjotro – Very unique, amusing and well executed.

YouTube – Endless entertainment.

  What software couldn't you live without?

Well I make my living using Flash, I spend a lot of my spare time using Flash, and I love Flash, so it’s hard to say really.

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

I think Big Spaceship is number one right now; it’s too hard to choose between the other two, there’s so much great talent out there.

  Who is your target audience?

My target audience is mainly other designers and developers. They’re my hardest critic because they understand the technologies and what they’re capable of.

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

Can’t really remember details but if you can imagine the worst possible site you’ve ever seen, then think of something much worse, it was probably something along those lines.

And no, thankfully it’s not online anymore, not sure if it ever was actually.

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

I haven’t written any books and at this point I’m not really planning to. Just thinking about the amount of time it must take makes me dizzy.

  Do you think Flash is here to stay?

I definitely think Flash is here to stay, and I love where it’s headed.

The capabilities are growing so much with each release and so many new devices are able to serve up Flash content now with the numbers constantly rising.

I think Flash will be almost everywhere within the next 10 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?

It all depends on the learner and the teacher, some people can greatly benefit from it and others might not take away anything.

I definitely think anyone can get into the business without any formal training. If they have the dedication and will to learn and practice on their own then anything’s possible.

I attended a post-grad interactive multimedia program and learned a lot but the tool I use the most (Flash) was mainly self taught through online sources and countless hours of screwing around.

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

As I said in the question above I mainly learned Flash through experimenting and online sources.

I built lots of fake websites just because it was fun, and eventually my style evolved into what it is today.

So my advice would be to do what’s fun for you and even if you don’t have any commercial work lined up just build/design stuff for fun, it’s great practice and some projects could end up to be nice portfolio pieces.

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

I just purchased a 500Gb Fantom external hard drive.

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

Depends where I am really. If I’m in the office I can be a bit of a label whore, mainly labels from other countries that I’ve visited though, depends on what’s clean really.

If I’m at home usually my favorite 8 year old Russell Athletic sports pants and a t-shirt.

  It's been a privilege, thanks very much.

Thank you.


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