Interview with

FlashGen.Com IconA very cool start to a Friday. My interview with is live. I’ve include some of the questions below, but if you want to read the whole entry you can here. Even if you’re not interested in reading any more of my interview there are a lot of great individuals who have been interviewed so far so go and check them out too :D

I’d also like to thank Pablo for taking the time to interview me

Here’s a snippet…

– How would you introduce yourself and your job to a non-technical person?
“Hi I’m Mike Jones and I am lucky enough to get paid for my hobby.” – In my experience most non-technical people who ask what you do, (think meeting friends of friends for an evening in the pub), as soon as they hear you do something with computers it immediately marks you as technical support for the rest of the evening :p. I have been known to say that my job is an office clerk to avoid such awkward moments…

– How did you get started with Flash?
I first got in to Flash in 1996, when it was still called Splash Animator by Futurewave. I was doing a degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University in South East London and my visual studios manager called me in to his office to show me the MSN homepage. What I saw changed my view of the internet profoundly; looking back it doesn’t seem particularly ground breaking, but they had a small navigation system on the left hand side of the homepage and actually opened and closed in a smooth fluid manner, providing access to sub sections of the site. This was the first time I had ever seen Splash Animator and over the course of many days I downloaded and transferred it on a dozen or so 1.44MB floppy disks back to my meagre P90 at home. Twelve years on and I’m still enamoured with the technology.

Mike Jones