Shane Mielke

.net: How did you get into web design?
Shane Mielke: In college, a friend of mine used Photoshop to create fake IDs. He also experimented a lot with print, 3D and video. I was always looking over his shoulder when he was designing, and the things he created captivated me. After I graduated, a close friend of mine was working for a small web company and I started learning things from him. The rest is history.

.net: Why Flash?
SM: I love Flash because it enables artists and developers of various skills and backgrounds to create things based on how their minds work. The application is so diverse that you can literally develop the same project 100 different ways. Some people love the timeline, others think and move in code, while some of us are ambidextrous. The strength of Flash is that there’s no perfect way to develop your project, which enables people to continually push the limits.

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