Todd Marks is an avid developer, designer, instructor, and author of information display technologies. In 2000, Todd moved from teaching Mathematics and Computer Science in the public sector to becoming a Vice President of Research and Development at digitalorganism. In 2002, Todd founded Mindgrub Technologies and established a web technologies portal. In 2003, Todd joined Pope de Flash as the Head of Technology to form The Unity Project. Todd currently works as a Product Engineer for the mediaEdge division of Exceptional Software Strategies Inc.
Todd is a Macromedia Certified Developer, Designer, and Subject Matter Expert. His efforts have earned him three Flash Film Festival nominations, a Macromedia Site of the Day award, two Addy Awards, and several educational partnerships. Todd has written and contributed to several books including Macromedia Flash MX Video, Foundation Dreamweaver MX, Beginning Dreamweaver MX 2004, Advanced PHP for Flash, Macromedia Flash MX Components Most Wanted, and Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Magic.
Shane is best known for his personal portfolio site located at www.pixelranger.com and for his work as an Art Director for 2Advanced Studios. Throughout his career, Shane has designed solutions for notable companies including Allergan, AOL, Elektra Records, Ford Motor Company, Lexus, Mazda USA, Pittsburgh Penguins, Qualcomm, Sony, Toshiba, and Toyota. With every professional project, Shane strives to combine the client's vision and goals with his own unique mixture of passion, experience, and creative expression. His greatest personal achievements include finding his wife Jolene, playing college football, traveling abroad while working in Switzerland, and having every close friendship that has influenced his life. When not reclining in front of the computer, Shane enjoys spending time with his wife, working out, coaching high school football, going on photography outings, and getting minimal hours of sleep.
Simone Legno was born in Rome, where he founded his new media design company Vianet. At Vianet, he works as Creative Director and takes care of illustration, design for print advertising, and new media design. He recently moved to Los Angeles to create his own Tokidoki apparel brand. His clients include MTV Italia, MTV Asia, Telecom Italia, John Galliano, Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore, Renault, and many more. At present, he is developing the website for Daniel Libeskind, the master planner and architect of the new World Trade Center.
Simone's work has been selected as a finalist of the Flashforward Film Festival three times running and his studio won the People's Choice award in 2003 with their BenQ work.
Nathalie is an alternative experiment of drop out ex-religious hippy parents, and ex-die-hard communist grandparents. Since both her grandparents and parents were educators, she was home schooled together with her siblings. As far as she can tell today, their experiment was successful. Her family didn't stop at that; now they've formed a family business/art collective in Kranj, Slovenia. Her mother is a designer and her grandparents are both accomplished artists and authors. Because of this, they dragged Nathalie and her siblings into every museum and exhibition within close proximity while they were still in their baby strollers. Since she was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and lived for many years in Cologne, Germany, and in Los Angeles, California, Nathalie grew up with a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, critical thinking, and art. This has profoundly influenced how she views the world and expresses herself. Nathalie\'s work can be found at www.bluesuburbia.com and www.alienmelon.com.
Maybe she's inherited the pioneer spirit of her ancestors, but Kristin Henry loves a challenge and working out on the frontier. Some of the best advice she ever got was from her first editor, who told her to study something to write about, not how to write. That's how she approaches Flash &emdash;as a way to communicate science and mathematics. Kristin is founder and president of GalaxyGoo (galaxygoo.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring expressions of science and math with online technologies.
Billy Bussey is best known for his digital portfolio located at www.billybussey.com and for his unique 3D Flash animations. Since 1999, Billy has focused on developing innovative ways to blend Flash, video, and 3D to form a new style of multimedia. His expertise in both vector and raster 3D has brought much attention to his work and enabled him to speak at many Flash conferences. Billy has created designs and animations for many well-known companies and individuals including Sprite, Fox, General Electric, Merck & Co., Tommy Boy Music, Hyundai, Smirnoff Ice, Coolio, and Michael Jordan.
Born in Täby, Stockholm, in 1972, Ola realized his passion for illustration around the age of 15&emdash;he would draw caricatures of his teachers and fellow students, and he continued to draw, in his books, on school benches, everywhere, until his teachers became mad and his parents lost hope. He had found his way of life, but he was the only one who knew it. After discovering Flash in 1999, he went on to achieve critical acclaim with his animated film, The Gooberstory, a huge project that was a year in the making. Since The Gooberstory, Ola has created various new worlds in his Flash work. His work relies heavily on moods and the experiences of tranquility and calm. You\'ll find his work at goober.nu.
Adam Phillips has been working in traditional 2D animation for Disney since early 1993, with eight of those years spent in special effects. With all his free time, he writes and animates short stories for his personal website and online gallery, www.biteycastle.com.
Most recently, Adam convinced US band, Ween, to let him animate the video for their single "Transdermal Celebration." All involved were happy with the result, and an optimized QuickTime version of the video can be found on the book's CD.
Adam is quite small, but has big hands.
From an early age, Anthony developed a love for interacting with mathematics and computational languages. Along the way, he gained an appreciation for any given natural environment and developed the ability to transform his environment into a digital construct. Inspiration for his latest project, www.arseiam.com (essentially an ActionScript anthology of his Flash work), is a testament to this philosophy. For Anthony, the last decade has included commercial roles with Microsoft, Disney, Toyota, and Adobe, opportunities that have provided him with a sound framework in which to explore and diversify his technical skills and style. Spare time? If he's not thinking about it, he's doing it!
Danny works as a freelance designer and operates Taobot; he specializes in interactive and graphic design. Besides running Taobot.com, he is also involved in projects like BD4D and has created Audikt.com, which showcases his creative and musical talents beyond the mainstream. During the last year, Danny has worked on projects for high-class clients such as Smirnoff and has been honored with various awards from the creative community, like Favorite Website Awards or Macromedia Site of the Day. He has become a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of interactive design, which gives him the opportunity to meet inspiring people all over the world. Danny believes that having the chance to do something he truly loves is a privilege.
Keith lives in the vicinity of Boston, MA, in the USA with his wife Kazumi and their new daughter Kristine. He has been working with Flash since 1999, and has co-authored many books for friends of ED, including Flash MX Studio, Flash MX Most Wanted, and the ground-breaking Flash Math Creativity.
In 2001 he started the experimental Flash site, BIT-101 (www.bit-101.com), which strives for a new, cutting edge, open source experiment each day. The site recently won an award at the Flashforward 2003 Flash Film Festival in the Experimental category. In addition to the experiments on the site, there are several highly regarded Flash tutorials which have been translated into many languages and are now posted on web sites throughout the world. Keith is currently working full time doing freelance and contract Flash development and various writing projects.
Jared Tarbell was born in 1973 to William and Suzon Davis Tarbell in the high-altitude desert city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. First introduced to personal computers in 1987, Jared's interest in computation has grown in direct proportion to the processing power of these machines. Jared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He sits on the Board of the Austin Museum of Digital Art where he helps promote and encourage appreciation of the arts within the global community. Jared is most interested in the visualization of large data sets, and the emergent, life-like properties of complex computational systems. Jared has recently returned to Albuquerque to work closer to friends and family while enjoying the unique aspects of desert living.
Additional work from Jared Tarbell can be found at levitated.net and complexification.net.
Oliver has been dabbling with Flash for a number of years now. He earns his keep working as a Lead Flash Developer for London-based design agency NOWWASHYOURHANDS. Before this, his work hats included interaction design, information architecture, and being an experience designer. He likes cheese, the outdoor life, and the color blue.