Señor Developer at Cartelle. Born in Amsterdam and wouldn't dream of leaving it. Except maybe for Tokyo or Melbourne - oh and Bali. Don't read books, but I do look at pretty pictures.
Please list 3 of your favourite sites.
How do you relax or unwind?
Drink a beer or go to the beach. Both preferably.
What's your favourite part of your job? What's the hardest part of your job? What do you do when you get stuck?
Being on top of the latest web technologies and actually getting the chance to use them here. If it isn't for our own clients, we are always working on a way to put them in our own little fun projects. Another bonus is the team we have. We all know which direction we want to go in with projects. We got a real synergy going on here. It's like totally Feng Shui and Tai Chi.
Hardest part is dealing with all these browser quirks and it's even more fun with mobile browsers. When I'm really stuck I rage quit and turn off my console.
If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?
I'd probably be an astronaut, you know, working in space stations and stuff.
Being bored at school, tweaking websites through wysiwyg editors on Geocities and Angelfire then realizing I could actually make a profession out of it.
There was a time when back-end used to be the bulk of the work. Then front-end technologies started to become more of a focus point - a trade in and of itself. Moving along with this was something I've not regretted.
What software could you not live without?
In terms of software, is there anything new you have been playing with lately or that has impressed you?
I've had a lot of fun with the Facestealer app.
Are there any websites that have shone through as being pioneering in the last 5 years or so?
Not the biggest websites, but nice and fun. These two really stuck:
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
Looked like crap of course. Animated gifs all over the place. And I actually just found it. It's still online. Angelfire just won't die.
It looks something like this: http://www.angelfire.com/comics/virgilnzen/
Of all the websites you/your company have produced, which one are you most proud of?
The Art of Raw for G-Star. It has a few special features that made it a fun build: New intuitive way of scrolling using snapping.
What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?
Do you think Flash is here to stay?
The last few years I didn't think so. Especially seeing what you can achieve with HTML5 (canvas), CSS3 and SVG in combination with using subtle animations and minimal design. But after seeing KLM Claim Your Space, there still is a place for Flash. Oh and be on the lookout for a little Flash baby being born here soon!
What are your views on design/graphic school. Do you think someone can get into the field without educational experience in a school environment?
For sure. I got my paper 'cause as a kid you were supposed to, but almost all of what I've learned is through the jobs I had and tinkering at home. I love to experiment with new stuff that comes out. Sometimes you feel like an alchemist, trying to turn lead into gold.
If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring FWA award submitter, what advice would you give them?
Make sure you have a laptop.
How do you keep up with the latest capabilities of Flash or do you rely on other members of you team to do this?
What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?
Snoop Dogg driving me around in his Cadillac with the windows rolled up.
When your company was just getting started, what did you find was most effective for getting new clients?
I wasn't there from the very start. But always delivering quality work pays itself back. We are always very meticulous and would never release anything we wouldn't stand for.
How do you keep your finger on the pulse of the latest web trends?
Browse endlessly, digging through tweets, reading blogs, talk to my fellow front-enders and occasionally going to a meet-up or a conference.
There must be a project that you have always dreamed of doing, what is it?
Doing an experience site for an animation movie (Dreamworks, Pixar or indie). Really liked what Legwork did for Paranorman.
What is the most expensive thing you have bought in the last week?
A house with a roof terrace. Yeah that was pretty expensive.
Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
Peace to the middle east.
It has been a privilege, thanks very much