You ever heard of the isometric wall sit? It's one of those exercises you had to do in gym class once a year. The school record was 11 minutes. When I was in 5th grade I destroyed it – held the wall-sit for 1 hour and 16 minutes – a minute and a half past the world record.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
My first name is Andy. My middle name is David. My last name is Nick. Even I get confused sometimes, so don't feel bad for mixing it up. I'm 27 and live and love in Ohio. My site (Nick, A.D.) is a mix between my initials and a metaphor for my time on this little planet.
What do you do for inspiration?
I try to let ideas stir around in my brain for a while. The things that are really worth putting effort into don't just go away after a day or two - they're the ideas that nag at you until you set aside some energy to make them happen.
That said, I also think it's helpful to do other creative things other than just design in the same medium all the time.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
I have a lot of nostalgia about some of the groundbreaking stuff that came out years ago. I was in love with one of the older versions of one9ine, around the same time that volumeOne’s seasons and WeWorkForThem were blowing my mind.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
You ever heard of the isometric wall sit? It’s one of those exercises you had to do in gym class once a year. The school record was 11 minutes. When I was in 5th grade I destroyed it – held the wall-sit for 1 hour and 16 minutes – a minute and a half past the world record.
I didn’t get in the Guinness book or anything, but it definitely happened.
What software couldn't you live without?
Photoshop. At this point, she and I are inseparable. (You didn't know Photoshop was a girl?)
Another program that I couldn't live without is (without a doubt the worst named app of all time, for obvious reasons) 'StrokeIt', a freeware mouse-gesture program that I've used for years. Speeds me up considerably.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Some friends and I have been screen-printing T-Shirts, preparing to start a small company… another good friend has an annual Halloween party that I make a small site for… I want to do another crazy video project soon… I love band making posters for bands…
Who is your target audience?
At work, my target bounces all over the place from expecting mothers to Ford truck men to physicians.
In contrast, the themes of my personal site have always revolved around experimental navigation. I'll admit, sometimes it's refreshing to say "to hell with usability" and make something a little tricky just to see who's willing to take a little extra time to figure it out.
What area of web design lacks the most?
Processor speed and bandwidth are the two things that I fuss with the most.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
Geocities scrapped my first web site long ago. I should send them a thank-you letter.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
I created a flash app that took images from nickad's server, ran them through a php script which saved the color data of every pixel in hex format and saved it as a comma-separated string in a text file.
Then, the app pulled that text file back in to flash and used that data to colorize and grow circles from a big grid within flash.
Needless to say, I never finished it. :)
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
Yup. If not, I can’t wait to see what replaces it.
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 don't know about anyone else, but I know about me, and all I can say is that I'm who I am today thanks to some invaluable direction and theories I've learned over the years from professors, creative directors and friends.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
Collaborating with good people who know good flash and good design and working with friends who teach you new things will bring you to a new level.
As for design skills, I think your eye is a muscle that you can exercise just like any other in your body.
What is the most expensive thing you've bought in the last week?
A second X-Box 360.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Like I said, I'm a big believer that when there's an idea for a project that just doesn't leave you alone, you owe it to yourself to make it happen.
In the meantime, daydream about it and let it bake in your brain.
I'd love to be 60 years old and be able to look back at myself and know that even though I wasn't always in the kitchen, I always had something good cookin'.
It's been a pleasure, thanks very much.
The pleasure’s all mine; let's do business again sometime.