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According to my clients, Flash is dead. At last, they are the ones to decide which technology we have to use. But it´s easy to switch to new interesting technologies like canvas frameworks.

question Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I was born in Nuremberg, Germany. I got my first computer in 1994 and was instantly hooked and started teaching myself how to work it - actually at first through typing in "help" in the dos command line and trying out the displayed commands :-). Fascinated about the endless possibilities this new tool offered, I created my first website in 1997, using (back then state-of-the-art) animated gifs & Times New Roman writing. 

Although I started a career as a programmer when I was 17, I´ve always loved to draw and design visuals. Flash was the centre of my work for a very long time, up until Apple launched the App Store. This was revolutionary stuff.  From that point forward, my digital agency, Elennium (http://www.elennium.com) has focused on designing apps and creating websites. Some of them have been a great success, like miCal - the missing calendar. At some point I realized that there might be something more one can do with a smartphone while on the go than just checking emails or Facebook. This was the moment when the idea of Streetspotr (http://www.streetspotr.com) , now Europe´s largest mobile workforce, was born in 2011.

What do you do for inspiration?

I often visit showcase sites like dribbble.com and stroll through the design drafts there. Always a great inspiration.

How do you relax or unwind?

Actually, designing makes me relax, so that´s what I do when I've had a rough day or when dealing with a complex programming issue. It frees my mind.

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

I´d probably be a gardener or an unsuccessful skateboard pro. 

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 always like the task of bringing a concept to life, giving it a 'face' so to say. It´s great when there´s positive feedback from customers and the press afterwards. Being self-employed is a wonderful choice but can also be tough. Sometimes I simply can´t concentrate because there is too much work to do at once. When I get stuck, I take it out on the tabletop soccer field or PS3.

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

52 hours. I kept on working like a freak to meet an exact deadline where a tv ad for the website I have been programming would be displayed for the first time.

What software could you not live without?

TextMate and Adobe Photoshop.

What area of web design lacks the most?

Small businesses websites made by a pseudo web designer within five hours or created with a bought template to save money .

Has winning FWA awards helped you in any way?

Definitely! I´ve always wanted to win an FWA award.

What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

It was a site listing popular jokes hosted on geocities. It looked like craigslist on LSD. Unfortunately, it´s not online anymore, but you can find parts of it at my old portfolio site www.funkycode.de.

The web is getting out of the web. Do you find that thinking in digital solutions alone hinders you? Do you feel the urge to solve the problem using all mediums necessary?

Not necessarily, but I think that the so-called Internet of Things will become more and more important. At some aspect, that´s also what we do with Streetspotr - extending a digital reality to the real life.

Of all the websites you/your company have produced, which one are you most proud of?

It´s a site I created for my client Pro7 in 2011: http://www.solitary-the-game.de. It has been part of a web campaign for a TV show with - on purpose! - truly annoying but addictive mini games.

What was the toughest thing you ever did with Flash? How long did you spend on it? Is it still online?

This must be a project called Green Seven - my tree. We had to put a lot of work in the custom tree logic to combine realistic physics with smooth graphics. It´s still online but not fully working anymore (http://www.prosieben.de/tv/greenseven/mytree/). 

Do you think Flash is here to stay?

According to my clients, Flash is dead. At last, they are the ones to decide which technology we have to use. But it´s easy to switch to new interesting technologies like canvas frameworks.

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 myself haven´t learned a thing about design in a school environment. And yet, I've designed successful apps and won prizes for my website design. I think one has to be passionate about graphics and have a basic intuition for design and aesthetics.

How do you keep up with the latest capabilities of Flash or do you rely on other members of your team to do this?

I've had a look on Adobe Air and its capabilities of bringing Flash to a mobile device, but sadly, the performance was horrible. 

What would be your ultimate vehicle to travel in?

The DeLorean from Back to the Future.

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

The most important thing for me was to be passionate about what I´m doing and always deliver a high performance.  

How have you learned so many Flash/design skills and techniques and can you offer any advice for newbies?

First thing I did was teaching myself and practice, practice, practice. It´s always good advice to gather inspiration from others´ source codes. I've also visited sites like flash kit and power flasher frequently.

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

The last thing I do every evening is reading the latest news in the web industry on sites like netzwertig.com and techcrunch.com and also scroll through the App Store.

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

I´ve always been dreaming about doing an innovative project in the gaming industry. Let´s see!

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

I´d definitely like to dig a bit deeper into the "Internet of Things" and develop software or gadgets that are useful for everyday live.

It has been a privilege, thanks very much

Thank you. It has been a pleasure!


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Our conference room.
Our conference room.

HTML Web special for the new Volkswagen Golf VII.
HTML Web special for the new Volkswagen Golf VII.

Greenseven myTree was awarded by iF communication design award 2012. http://vimeo.com/30949569
Greenseven myTree was awarded by iF communication design award 2012. http://vimeo.com/30949569

Contaqs - the contact manager featured by Apple as new & noteworthy.
Contaqs - the contact manager featured by Apple as new & noteworthy.

Streetspotr, my current venture.
Streetspotr, my current venture.

Solitary - the game. 20 annoying mini games. Awarded by Promax BDA NYC. http://vimeo.com/30948736
Solitary - the game. 20 annoying mini games. Awarded by Promax BDA NYC. http://vimeo.com/30948736

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