In the early days I worked on projects just for fun, I was my own client, but these days there are more and more clients I cannot reject.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I was born and live in Budapest, Hungary. I graduated in a multimedia developer course in 1997. I worked for an animation film studio for 2 years, mostly making tv-commercials in 3d. After leaving this studio I started on working in web design/development, and I hope I will continue to do this for many-many years.
What do you do for inspiration?
I just try to keep my eyes and my mind open. I listen to a lot of music, but I don't think it has an effect on what sites I do.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
4 or 5 years ago i could answer this question easily. That time my favourite sites were www.gmunk.com, brittle-bones.com and http://cmart.design.ru. Nowadays I cannot name any favourite sites. I can see many pages I like, but I cannot choose my favourite ones.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
What software couldn't you live without?
Photoshop and Flash.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I started to design a site for a contemporary classic music trio. I enjoy working on this and this is the first real collaboration project with my girlfriend.
She paints the main scene and the characters, and I will give life to her still images animating them. I also use video footage source for the animations… I hope people will like it.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
If I had to judge without considering other designer's opinion, I would choose WDDG, Hi-Res! and 247 Media Studios.
What effect on traffic do your new designs have?
Thanks to design award sites they have a huge traffic. The most visitors come from thefwa.com.
Who is your target audience?
I might say everybody, but I prefer people who are interested in not so mainstream things. And who have a good sense of humor also.
Where I can, I try to put some fun/jokes in my works, plus I try to avoid business orientated designs.
What area of web design lacks the most?
Surely there are some or many, but I cannot mention anything here. I feel good using and designing the web as it is.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
It was the first version of www.kilfish.com, but it's not online. It was dark with dark images and dark music.
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
Oh, no. The first reason is that my knowledge is not so big, I still need to learn many
things. The second reason is that maybe I got some skills, but knowing and doing things is totally different than teaching these to others.
Usually I help others when they ask me, but I don't have the ability to teach things lucidly to others.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
www.futurefilms.hu. I didn't design a site with filmed characters before. I enjoyed being a film director for one day. There was a lot of postproduction and 3d work in this project, but fortunately there was no strict deadline. It took 4-5 month but I worked on other projects also in the meantime.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
Yes. The multimedia course I graduated in was not a high level school. They taught me only very basic things. All the things I know I learned with the help of program's help files, via the internet and from some colleagues.
In my opinion if you have some desire and will, you need only a little luck (and of course many weeks and months spending studying), and you can become a good designer.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
I work as a freelance designer, I always try to work for companies who give me a salary, so I don't have my own company.
I undertake extra projects only in the case I feel like it, only when it seems to be interesting, and money is just a secondary motivation reason, because I have a monthly salary from the studio I work for.
In the early days I worked on projects just for fun, I was my own client, but these days there are more and more clients I cannot reject, they all seem to be a possibility for an interesting project.
I like working for creative people, photographers, musicians, etc.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
As I mentioned before I learned everything by the help of program's help files, via the internet and from some colleagues. My only advice is for newbies to be tenacious and try to avoid cliches.
What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?
Nothing special, last week I didn't spend much money. Before Christmas I bought many presents… a ring for my girlfriend was the most expensive.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
I wear the same clothes just like the most people. I'm a bit of a labels man, but the most important thing is how clothes look on me.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
It's been a privilege, thanks very much.
Thank you for interviewing me.