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AUG 2006 1

Behind Standards Reboot with P.J. Onori

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself that we cannot learn by reading your portfolio.

My name is P.J. Onori and I am a design technologist - in other words, I am a hybrid designer/developer for the web medium. By spending so much time sitting on the fence of both worlds, I have really come to appreciate the importance for both the visual and the functional. Because of that, I have lately taken a deep interest in user experience design - something that is not particularly pervasive in my current portfolio.

What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP / SEO etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.

At this point, I would have to say that Flash/Actionscript is my technical area of expertise. I have recently been working in Flex as well. However, running your own blog really forces you to expand you horizons in order to bring more visitors to your site. I have begun to study up quite a bit on SEO and put a lot of thought into community-building techniques which definitely falls closer to the realm of where my current interests are.

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JUL 2006 0

We bring you The Consult !

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.

I'm Alex Atkinson, Creative Director of UK based graphic design agency The Consult and I think it's safe to say I live, breathe and eat design.

What designs do you like the most and why? Describe your design style.

My style is clean. I don't like fuss in design unless it enhances the message.

Of your favorite hobbies, which one has a chance of eclipsing your web design career and why?

Football! I'm obsessed!

What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.

We try not to specialize as we're scared of pigeon holes! We're big champions of not using Flash for the sake of it though. For me, there is nothing worse than an elaborate bit of animation for no reason.

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JUL 2006 0

Interview with Paul Lewis, owner of anygivenfriday.com

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Paul Lewis, I'm 25 and I live in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England. My Dad bought the first family PC when I was 13 and was hooked instantly. At 18, I moved up here to Newcastle from my home town (a small place called Nelson) to go to University where I studied Computing Science.

University was great as it gave me a scientist background, not a graphic design background. I loved surfing the web and I remember the first time I saw Flash work that made me hit refresh tens, if not hundreds, of times. That was when I knew I wanted to be in web as a career! But I was trained to be a programmer, not a designer, so I've had to learn design skills as a hobby.

Thankfully the guys I work with at The Roundhouse, particularly Tom Knowles have been amazing and I've come on really well there.

What designs do you like the most and why? Describe your design style.

I love anything that is executed well. I've always liked the execution of 2Advanced, since the motion of their work is superb. I really like Fantasy Interactive's work, too, as they combine gorgeous design with really great implementation.

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JUN 2006 0

Inside Bombay Creative

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself that we cannot learn by reading your portfolio.

Bombay Creative is a web design, print design, and marketing firm. Although we work with a spectrum of clientele, we particularly enjoy helping nonprofits.

What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.

We use CSS, Flash, PHP, ColdFusion, and Ajax depending on what a project's needs are.

Don`t you think flash is disadvantaged because in most cases it requires high speed internet?

Flash has its pros and cons. A website should never be 100% Flash, but Flash can be a powerful tool for accessories such as banners and interactive features.

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MAY 2006 0

Inside Pixel 2 Life

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Dan Richard, I'm 30 years old and I live in Montreal, Canada. I'm a full time dad and I also happen to run the tutorial search engine Pixel2life.com, as well as a personal tech blog and some other hobby sites for movie collectibles. I like a wide variety of hobbies and topics, so my web work reflects those interests. I've been a freelance web designer and IT professional for many years, with my first paid web design job dating back to 1996 or so.

When did Pixel 2 Life start?

The creation of P2L in terms of a tutorial portal was a complete fluke. I had been doing freelance work for years prior to P2L and was on a designing hiatus due to the birth of my daughter and just working my full time job as IT manager for a retail technology firm here in Montreal.

In December of 2003, some pork purchased at the grocery store lead me to some extremely nasty food poisoning and I could barely move for a week. About the only thing I could do was type on the computer, so I thought maybe I'd look at creating a new portfolio site for my work, maybe create a few tutorials on graphic design and get back in some small freelance jobs.

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APR 2006 0

Interview with Alec Rust, winner of Project of the Month: March 06

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself that we cannot learn by reading your portfolio.

Hi, I'm Alec and I am a freelance web designer/developer. I don't do it full-time, lets say in my life I have my fingers in many different pies. The Internet is a big part of my life and I have been designing since I was around 14.

Your web site is amazing. Describe your design style.

In the past I have always gone for the 'design company' typical look. I had a design company www.acedesign.org which I ran with a friend, but when I sold that recently, I wanted to do everything with my client on a more personal level. Not to pretend to be some big multi-national company, but to just be me, and give reasons why that is a good thing! I spent hours looking through different design sites, and really took my time with every aspect of the site. I suppose I would describe my design style as finding simple solutions to complex problems. I have this saying somewhere on the site.

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