The moment I found out I won the [FWA] award I will remember for the rest of my life. It is a great feeling knowing that you belong to a group of people whom you have always admired.
Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
I am a 30-year-old optimist. I was born in Warsaw, Poland where I live. 10 years ago I undertook my first interactive task.
For the last 7 years I have been working with GoldenSubmarine as a Senior Flash Developer. Currently, I am a Head of Mobile. In my spare time I attempt to play the trumpet and tennis.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?
Apart from my one-year-old daughter…
How do you relax or unwind?
I unwind best by taking my daughter for a walk in the woods.
If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?
I would probably be a carpenter. I would love to design and build plenty of beautiful, interesting wood objects.
What's your favourite part of your job? What's the hardest part of your job? What do you do when you get stuck?
The implementation of big projects and the search for untypical, tricky solutions that make the project stand out provide a lot of emotion. I focus on gaining new experience when carrying out each project. The unexpected changes to projects are often difficult to accept. When I am stuck, a touch of jazz usually does the trick.
However, the team atmosphere cannot be overstressed. I have the pleasure of working with really exceptional people and without their effort and engagement those projects would not have been completed.
If there are any pivotal experiences/decisions you could point to that helped shape your career, what would they be?
The creation of Leny game was one of the turning points in my career. I undertook my decision to work spontaneously and I set my sights on discovering something new, unknown to me.
As a result of my hard work, new opportunities arose and in the newly-created GoldenSubmarine mobile department we carry out submitted mobile projects.
What software could you not live without?
It would be Flashdevelop. The only program that has never let me down. I would like to thank its creators, they did a great job. Even the answers to these questions I write in this editor.
How many projects does your company juggle at any one time?
We have a terrific Project Manager and he is able to squeeze in almost anything. Nobody is able to refuse him the extra hour of work :) By the way, regards Marcin!
In terms of software, is there anything new you have been playing with lately or that has impressed you?
Adobe AIR, I spend a LOT of time with it lately…
What area of web design lacks the most?
A couple of things come to my mind, however, the lack of idea relating to the scaling of different resolution pages would probably be a key problem.
Has winning FWA awards helped you in any way?
The moment I found out I won the award I will remember for the rest of my life. It is a great feeling knowing that you belong to a group of people whom you have always admired.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
The first site I did was for a young Polish director. I remember the intro animation where I used the stop motion technique to create a bloke that pan fried the Earth and then ate it. It was then that I discovered MovieClip.
Of all the websites you/your company have produced, which one are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the site I created for the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, coming out diploma 2010. We had an opportunity to create something exceptional, something surprising, something that would worthily represent this known and reputable institution. We got the green light to create the project and carry it out according to our ideas and concepts. The whole team working on the project did their best. Everyone knew they were working on something exceptional. We received the SOTD award for this site. Working on this project gave us a lot of satisfaction… even now when I visit the site I like it and I would change nothing in it. I wish I undertake more such projects in the future.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
To be honest, at the beginning of every big project I always thought the project was unfeasible but I always completed them.
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
Certainly. I am glad Flash is not used for creating drop-down menus, animated tops and video players. It was and will be created to create RIA and games. Thanks to Adobe AIR, it accessed mobile devices and I think developers are quite content with that. And even AS3 compiled to iPad you can fight for MOTD.
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 think some basics are always welcomed, however, I do not consider them essential and necessary. In Poland there are a number of excellent designers for whom design was only a passion of theirs and today they conduct great projects.
How do you keep up with the latest capabilities of Flash or do you rely on other members of you team to do this?
While drinking my morning coffee, I always flip through novelties. Flipboard facilitates it for me. Consequently, when carrying out a new project, we obligatorily try to use these novelties or at least check their viability.
What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?
Catamaran at sea, the Volvo P1800 on land.
How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?
I think experience, perseverance and perception is essential. By carrying out a number of different projects we learn the most. Often I undertook projects that required me to constantly explore my knowledge and search for new solutions. The important thing is to set high goals that necessitate you learning new skills.
I recommend that you remember the simplest solutions turns out to be the best solution, even in the most difficult situations.
It has been a privilege, thanks very much
It's been a pleasure, thanks.