6 October 2008
Within my company, Emak Mafu, I'm becoming more and more hands-off but our team mostly uses Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR, Hessian, mySQL, INNODB, and Eclipse. However, we strive to adapt and use the best technology for the job at hand.
A site we built for the Wellcome Trust, called The Big Draw, to try and get people drawing again uses Flash, Flex, and Java services. A site for Tank Magazine in the UK is a film competition site that uses Flash and server-side encoding to FLV format.
The ability to save time while expanding boundaries, giving us more room to be creative and deliver more for our clients. The more open these technologies become, the more we can mold them to work best for a specific need. For example, the way the Flash platform has evolved, especially within the past three years, has made it our only choice for development. No other platform can give us the same breadth of possibilities and allow us to be pretty limitless when it comes to realizing a concept.
Blogs, conferences, user groups, friends, geeks, and work.
The Apple iPhone. It has changed the way I communicate, especially when traveling. The only thing missing from it is Flash!
Radiohead, for the way they are leading the revolution against the traditional distribution model for music by ditching their record label and embracing the internet as a tool.
The constraints of limits being broken down. Being able to deliver to users wherever, whenever. The web breaking out of the screen and into the physical world, interacting with us in a tactile way.
I studied architecture but moved into digital quite quickly. I saw it as immediate and far reaching. My architecture projects started to become more focused on animatronics and data capture, ways of interacting with people and space. Now I'm looking at taking technology the other way.
Something that fundamentally changes the rules of society. The way we work, the way we live has not changed significantly for centuries.
Next for me is continuing to work with our existing clients as well as finding challenges in new ones, whilst always trying to push the boundaries of technology. It's always nice to find clients who are open to new ideas because without them we would not be able to innovate as we do.
For technology, it will always cater for our immediate needs. Obviously everything is shifting from the operating system to the web, but I think it will be balanced out with a movement towards interacting with the physical. Sensors connected to applications, integration with fabrics, and mobility will all become more important.