But the one (software) I couldn't live without is certainly Microsoft Outlook, I'm addicted to it, and sometimes I click the "send/receive" button ten times in a row.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I’m 26 and I’m originally from the south of France. Currently, I live in Paris and work as a freelance designer/developer.
I studied computer programming for two years and computer graphics for three years.
When not working, I enjoy playing pick-up basketball, watching classic films, painting a little bit and going to see contemporary art.
What do you do for inspiration?
Besides looking at typeface and design books and magazines, I find inspiration while working in different cafes around Paris.
I also keep up with the newest trends and developments in web design as much as possible, but I also check print design, too.
Truthfully, most of my best ideas come to me while I’m in the shower.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
The LAB website is the most complex website that I have done so far.
What software couldn't you live without?
Of course, I might not be really original by saying Adobe Flash, but at the same time it’s such a fantastic and practical tool that I like to use it even out of the professional field.
Recently, I downloaded a lot of music on iTunes to get some fresh music to listen to while I work.
And I would also choose Adobe InDesign as one of my favorites for just chilling out, as it is really intuitive and easy to use this software.
But the one I couldn’t live without is certainly Microsoft Outlook, I’m addicted to it, and sometimes I click the “send/receive” button ten times in a row.
Who do you rate as being the top 3 design companies?
- Tha ltd.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
My very first site in Flash is still online. It’s “Entreprises & Construction Durable”, a website on sustainable construction. And I was honored when I received a FWA SOTD for it back in 2004 - it was such a suprise!
Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?
I would love to. If by any chance an interested party reads this interview...
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
My toughest work is both the organizing function and the “snapping to window” function of the site “Publicite & Communication Responsables”.
I saved them for last and as far as I can remember it took me about 2 to 3 days.
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
Being French, I can only talk about French design/graphic schools.
Web design is getting to be a bigger and more stable sector but I still see a wide difference between the educational level of these schools and the level needed to work in a web design company.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I studied computer programming in school which is really helpful because you learn the correct way to write code, especially 0bject-oriented code.
Then I studied Flash mostly on my own, with the help at the beginning of a friend who writes excellent code.
If I were to give advice to newbies, it would be to get a strong coding background first, so that they can just concentrate on style when creating and developing websites.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
Adidas Stan Smith shoes, Ted Baker pants, white or handmade T-shirts... yes.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Web is Art! Be more experimental, try more!