I feel that the most inspiring time in life comes when you are in love or when your client makes you very angry.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
Born 10 years before the communism collapsed in Poland. In 2001 - while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan - I started working as a graphic designer. During next years I was experimenting with motion design and Flash, working a lot for avant-garde theaters.
Then in early 2007 with Lukasz Knasiecki we set up Huncwot - independent studio devoted to interactive design, working mostly for art / culture / fashion world.
What do you do for inspiration?
Love and hate. I feel that the most inspiring time in life comes when you are in love or when your client makes you very angry. In these two special moments I am on natural high, which moves me forward. I believe you can’t create good things without strong emotion.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
Fffound.com, Youtube.com, Flickr.com
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Being a good father. I think that is much harder than being a good, professional designer.
What software could you not live without?
I could definitely live without any software. Actually I would love to.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Last year was very busy for us and now we have a very important project called “OFF”, which we never did before in that scale - we just want to get one full month of vacation, spend some time with our families, far away from screen and wi-fi.
Who is your target audience?
Probably open-minded and sensitive people with a good knowledge of history of art and culture.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
My first website was made in Flash 5 around 2001 for one of the biggest fashion brands in Poland - Solar. That was a good time to start without strong portfolio as not many people did 100% flash sites those times. We are still working for this client but this first site is offline now.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
I think that was live multimedia event “Reconstruction of a Poet” made for The National Library of Poland last summer.
This performance consisted of pre-recorded video streams and live animation coded in Flash, which dynamically responded to the music played live on stage by two musicians. All that was mixed from 5 video sources and projected on 3 huge screens at Krasinski Square in Warsaw.
This event brought together approximately 5,000 people, including ministers and all those important persons. The toughest thing was to synchronize all that effects live hoping that Flash applications will not crash…
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
I love Flash because the possibilities in it are still expanding and seem virtually endless. Moreover Flash still offers the best way to tell really unique story, just like movies do.
I am only wondering how the social network sites like Facebook will change the world of Flash. It’s being now that some companies are moving more and more of their content to that kind of sites, paying less attention to their “original” websites.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
First of all at the beginning we worked very hard and often overtime. We wanted in the short time to show a broad spectrum of our possibilities creating the best sites we can, always trying to design each project in a completely different way.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
Like most flash designers in Poland I learned Flash mostly by myself. However the best way to learn is to participate in a real project and working with other people.
What is the most expensive thing you have bought in the last week?
I bought a Matthew Williamson jacket, because I don’t have “evening” clothes in my wardrobe and need something for a wedding I am attending next week.
What type of overcoat do you wear when Flashing, basically are you a labels man?
I prefer T-shirts with good design prints, which I do sometimes by myself. But now I will probably try to wear my new jacket more often.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Play table tennis more in real, than on your computer!
It has been a privilege, thanks very much.