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There's also a chance we will have a massive nostalgic trend cycle where retro style Flash sites from 10 years ago will dominate the web once again. It happens in music and fashion right? Why not the web?

question Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I love building games and I run an award winning indie video game development studio based in London called NetDevo. 

I’m also a freelance senior developer & creative technical director who’s been working and playing with technology for the last 13 years.

During my career in the creative industry, I’ve founded a couple of startups like NetDevo and worked on agencies of different sizes and cultures, from boutique agencies to big integrated global ones.  

Over the years I brought technical innovation for clients such as SONY Pictures, Nestle, SONY PlayStation Europe, CodeMasters, DreamWorks, Vodafone, Microsoft, Microsoft Xbox, Paramount Pictures and others.

What do you do for inspiration?

Play video games (obviously), read techno-triller novels and observe the world around me.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

I love sites that inspire such as FWA, Dribble and deviantART.

How many hours do you work each week?

I don’t usually keep track. Probably something like 40 to 70 hours depending on the week.

How do you relax or unwind?

Ideally I would go for a bike ride in the woods or on a drive to the coast. But in most cases a dose of single malt does the trick.-

What's your favourite part of your job? What's the hardest part of your job? What do you do when you get stuck?

I love bringing ideas to life and I hate when I can’t fix a bug. When that happens, the trick is to take a good break and “step out of the canvas”. I always find a solution when I get back. I think it’s about having enough patience and never giving up.

What's the longest you've ever stayed up working on a project?

I used to work mad hours on a regular basis a few years back. Once I did a 36 hours straight without any sleep or leaving my desk. Two words: Not productive!

How many projects does your company juggle at any one time?

Usually at least 2 games titles at a time, one in production and another in conception.

In terms of software, is there anything new you have been playing with lately or that has impressed you?

Unity. I love the creative flexibility and cross platform support which is key these days.

Who is your target audience?

Mostly casual gamers.

Has winning FWA awards helped you in any way?

Massively! It’s really rewarding to see your work getting a “pat on the back”. 

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

Not yet. I’d love to write some kind of programming cookbook or a techno triller novel in the future.

Looking 10 years in to the future, how far can websites go?

That’s a tricky one. I'd like to see a lot of evolution in terms of how we interface with sites. Things like voice control (SIRI style navigation), gesture and motion recognition (computer vision technology) and maybe also using some kind AI (artificial intelligence) to control and personalise dynamic content. 

There's also a chance we will have a massive nostalgic trend cycle where retro style Flash sites from 10 years ago will dominate the web once again. It happens in music and fashion right? Why not the web?

If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring FWA award submitter, what advice would you give them?

Follow your dreams, work hard, love what you do and never give up.

What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?

Something like the Hoverboard from Back to Future 2. Always wanted a jet pack as well.

There must be a project that you have always dreamed of doing, what is it?

Building an AAA Game like GTA set in London.

What does the future hold for your company, or you as a person?

Short term, I'm looking to port UNPUZZLED for the web and Android devices. I'm also working on a publishing deal with a stablished mobile game publisher and labouring on the next game title which is gonna be awesome, so watch this space.

What are you excited about learning next and is there a long term challenge you are considering tackling?

Unity. I’m using Unity to build my next game title.

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

A copy of GTAV for PS3.

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

Not really much of a labels man except form my Burberry coat.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much

Thank you for the award! I’m very proud.

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