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Maybe perfectionism, I am a real pixel child, and web designers have to respect pixels.

Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I was born in France in Toulouse. I graduated from an engineering school with a major in Physics.

I spent some time abroad working as a researcher in Physics in Tallahassee, Florida and in Prague, Czech Republic.

Then I did a master in New Media and Arts at "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts" in Paris: that's where my schizophrenia between Technology & Design began.

After graduating, I joined UZIK at its beginnings in 2003, and I rapidly became an associate with Jean-Marie Tassy (CEO and founder of UZIK).

Our first clients were from the music industry (Warner Music, EMI, Daft Punk...) and we soon extended our portfolio to the Luxury and Fashion industries (Nina Ricci, Le Coq Sportif, Perrier Jouet, Russian Standard, Alain Ducasse ...).

What do you do for inspiration?

I try to meet and collaborate with creative people from different backgrounds.

For example, I organize Calvi On The Rocks in Corsica, a music festival started by UZIK in 2003. A nice time in summer where I can meet musicians, VJs, set designers around a glass of Rose on the beautiful beaches of Calvi.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

levitated.net (I spent nights on Jared's code), ffffound.com and google.com.

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Running UZIK everyday and keep the challenge of having creative people working together on projects.

What software could you not live without?

Flash, Firefox, iTunes and Texas Hold'em on my iPhone.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

We are finalizing a project for Champagne Perrier Jouet. We have entirely created their Digital Identity (we call it "brand digitalization" in house).

We are working on the new Le Coq Sportif Design identity. And we work regularly on interface design for all kinds of devices for Orange.

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

THA, group94 and Hi-Res, but there are a lot of design companies doing a great job.

What effect on traffic do your new designs have?

As a result of our hard work on friendly-user interfaces, we think that this is a key factor to drive not only traffic but also a longer and deeper user experience.

Who is your target audience?

It really depends on the project, from teens to community users and trendsetters.

What area of web design lacks the most?

Maybe perfectionism, I am a real pixel child, and web designers have to respect pixels.

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

It was looking like a flash coding experimentation library, full of recursive algorithms and minimalist design. Unfortunately, I don't remember the url...

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

Not yet but we organize art events in Paris called MACE, and this might lead to a book.

MACE concept: before party in our office (in the basement with everything decorated by our artistic team), inviting professionals only (DJs, graphic designers and journalists) and after party in the club "Le Regine"...

What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?

I spent nights and days alone on all kinds of multi-tracks audio mixers based on mouse interactivity. But today, we face at UZIK much tougher interface design and development challenges that require the involvement of the whole UZIK production crew.

For example, Le Coq Sportif Browser.

Do you think Flash is here to stay?

The important thing is conception and content, not technology. Today we use Flash as the specific tool that fits our needs but I am sure that the next generation production tools will be great.

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 believe the web is a perfect place for webdesign self-education.

Otherwise, Design school is a great place to meet creative people, start collaborations and make all kinds of connections.

When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?

Working hard, being a perfectionist and finding cutting edge solutions.

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

Developers and web designers have to work together.

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

A dinner at the Quai Branly Museum rooftop restaurant. A real gourmet dinner and a stunning view over Paris.

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

Humm, maybe but only for sneakers and jackets, at this time Le Coq Sportif and A.P.C.

Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?

"I know my limits, that's why I go beyond" (Serge Gainsbourg).

It has been a privilege, thanks very much.

It's been an honor, thank you.


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