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As cheesy as it sounds our biggest achievement was that we found each other. Starting something bigger can be a pain in the ass, but we complete each other in a business point of view. Ahhh, so romantic!

Please give us a brief bio of yourselves.

WILD is an interactive production agency based in beautiful Vienna, Austria. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, great coffee, great art and a long history, it is not without reason one of the most livable cities in the world.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

But we're four!?

Matthias Mentasti (Art Director): http://www.fiveminutes.gs/
Thomas Lichtblau (Art Director): http://pablotheflamingo.com/
Thomas Ragger (Creative Technologist): http://far-cry-4.ubi.com/en-GB/
Thomas Strobl (Creative Technologist): http://www.oregongridiron.com/#!/

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

As cheesy as it sounds our biggest achievement was that we found each other. Starting something bigger can be a pain in the ass, but we complete each other in a business point of view. Ahhh, so romantic!

How many hours do you work each week?

Actually we spend a lot of time in our studio just to hang out. We love it here. Table soccer, good coffee, beer and good music makes it feel like home … in a way … ok … whatever.

How do you relax or unwind?

That's different from person to person, but in general we like to eat a lot, have a drink or just discover new places in our beautiful city. About a year ago we (WILD and friends) started a thing we call “Bro Dinner”. Once in a while, one of us cooks an epic meal for the others.

If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?

We would probably have formed a table soccer pro team. We're pretty good at it. If you're in Vienna and want to lose at table soccer, be sure to stop by at our studio.

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

Our favourite part is also the hardest one (we think). It is to come up with something new and innovative every day. Yahh, we love this.
Stuck? Going to build an app which helps you get unstuck *hint*

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

It was a website for Diesel - Only The Brave Ironman. A 3D comic universe built with Paper3D. Stayed up 56 hours straight to finish it back in 2008.

If there are any pivotal experiences/decisions you could point to that helped shape your career, what would they be?

Participating in our local community and being in touch with likeminded people definitely helped a lot. We actually got to know each other at a local dribbble meetup about 1 1/2 years ago. That's where it all started. Also: Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need any. Its likely that somebody else has already tackled the same problem and people tend to be nice and supportive. Be sure to pass on your knowledge as well to keep things moving.

What software could you not live without?

Art Directors: Design thingy. Creative Technologists: Development stuff.
But actually it is Spotify! Nietzsche was right. "Without music, life would be a mistake."

Who is your target audience?

People that value polished work and embrace technology but first of all people and companies who are willing to take risks and want to make epic shit.

Has winning FWA awards helped you in any way?

It made us stronger on a personal level. Winning an FWA award has shown us that we are on the right direction.

What was the last digital effort you saw (or were a part of) that used social media in a way that really made sense. Why?

A while ago we did a small sideproject called sendamessage.to (http://sendamessage.to). We did no advertising or whatsoever for that project. We just sent out a few messages and hoped that sooner or later it will get viral. It exposed that it was sooner. After four weeks we had more than 1 million pageviews and over 15k FB likes. Thanks Zuck!

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

If you class a website as a place in an interconnected technology, there aren't really limits per se. The mighty Hypertext might eclipse though.

Do you think Flash is here to stay?

Flash was one of the most important powers that drove the web to what it is, but as a vehicle to transport ideas to the screen it will steadily decline until only supplying niches.

What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?

In a flying restaurant with these guys cooking – https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicMealTime !

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

It was and will always be: Delivering quality work without compromises. As soon as you acquire a certain point of reach, doing so will generate some life of its own.

How do you keep your finger on the pulse of the latest web trends?

Find likeminded people you admire and follow their interests on your vehicle of choice. This surely works via Twitter, but also by simply meeting with good coffee or a plain old email newsletter.

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

Getting more in-depth with GLSL shaders and the connection of the web with physical things.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much

Thanks so much for having us Rob. It was a pleasure <3


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