Hillman Curtis Interview Cont'dML:What's in your toolbox now for creating a high impact site?
HC:The design work of my peers and those who came before me. Those are my tools...I know that sounds damn pretentious, but I just don't care. For me, having new inspiration is elemental, and without it I would be lost. That said, I know you want to know what actual software we're using or excited about, and we're using Dreamweaver, Photoshop/ImageReady, Fireworks, of course Flash, LiveMotion...but what is getting me very excited are the new tools for the design and production of streaming video. I love firewire and DV...I want to get better and better at designing with DV.
ML:We've all heard designers say that they receive a lot of inspiration from nature and their immediate surroundings. Where do you go or what do you do when that design slump hits?
HC:Beat myself up usually...ha ha. Seriously, I can convince myself that the work I'm doing has no value...and do so often. Then something or somebody comes along and makes me stop. It's usually some form of art. A poem from Dennis Johnson read to me from my wife, watching Annie Hall for the hundredth time, or the Graduate, or Five easy Pieces, going to a book store, getting scared out of my mind by some new amazing web site or streaming video...that sort of thing pulls me out of it and reminds me of how fortunate I am to be involved in creative work.
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