Today it is my pleasure to have a quick interview with Jamie Kosoy who is the associate technical director of Big Spaceship. He is also one of the speakers at FITC Toronto which is coming up soon. In this interview, Jamie is going to tell you a bit about Big Spaceship and their workflow. He is also going to shares his thought on Flash v.s. HTML5.
Sure! Big Spaceship is an [almost] 11 year old creative digital agency based in Brooklyn. We focus on creating engaging experiences that help brands connect with the consumers they’re trying to reach. My title is Associate Technical Director. I work as a right hand man to our Minister of Technology, helping any way I can from a technology standpoint.
The most exciting thing I can mention is that we are the digital agency of record for Lucasfilm, so the Force is with us. We’ve been doing a lot of work with Wrigley brands lately (Starburst, Skittles, Lifesavers, Altoids, etc) alongside our friends at Firstborn and EVB. I can’t give too many more specifics beyond. Nondisclosure agreements. They’ll get ya.
If you look hard enough in the source code of Skittles.com you can find my ugly mug. :)
We do tons of internal projects! We dedicated a chunk of last summer specifically to closing the office and working on crafts that our team found inspiring or interesting. One of the best of the bunch is The Most Awesomest Thing Ever, which is the centerpiece of my session at FITC this year.
This is a tough question to answer concisely, honestly. We use the whole spectrum of tools at our disposal, both digital and otherwise. Our brainstorms will involve all the different disciplines in a room together, typically writing stuff on the walls (dry eraseboard paint) and then synthesizing these notes into a cohesive idea. We lean a lot on our designers for how an experience should manifest itself, so sometimes we’ll wireframe and sometimes we won’t. The process really revolves around the idea of trusting each other as experts in our respective crafts, so there isn’t a mandate to say… use OmniGraffle for wireframing or Photoshop for comping. Sometimes someone draws detailed pencil sketches or storyboards and we go from there.
There isn’t really a specific process because we every project requires a unique approach. The only thing that we keep the same is the attention to quality and innovation.
Whoof, I think you just asked the million dollar question. Our stance has always been one of technology agnosticism. We’ve always felt a bit pigeon holed into the whole notion that we’re a Flash shop… we never were that at all. We love Flash, but we also love making things for mobile devices and huge screen devices and video game devices and any other device we can learn about and build for. In the past we did a lot of Hollywood movie microsite work and it seemed that Flash was the best tool for the experience we were trying to create. We make things that provide the best experience for the audience we’re trying to reach.
We’re about innovation and strategy, not about specific platforms or implementations. With that in mind, HTML5 is awesome! We’re excited about making the possibilities new technologies will bring – better experiences, pushing the limits of old platforms, performance boosts, new possibilities… all good things.
There will be a number of gratuitous explosions and a grilled cheese sandwich. That’s all you’re getting out of me. I’ve said too much already.
Update: if you are interested in attending FITC, here is a 10% discount code: “WebDesignerWall10”.
That was a great interview!
so amazing interview!
Rahmat Irfan Denas
Web Design Agency India
this is so amazing interview…………….
Sounds like a cool company but I learned absolutely nothing from this interview. I have a feeling many of these other comments are from people that work there.
flash is dying and you’re afraid.
Cooperation with Lucasfilm – it’s impressive and awesome distinction.
I learned absolutely nothing from this interview. I have a feeling many of these other comments are from people that work there.
I think it’s very good to combine your powers! Good luck!
I think this interview provides a nice sneak peak into the big ‘creative’ ship!
I’ve been following their work for many years & I love it!
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Inspiration again on WDW…!!
The cut paper designs from big spaceship are phenomenal. Michael Lebowitz spoke in Philly last year and showed practically everything they’ve done. Simply amazing.
Interesting interview. He didn’t really answer the Flash v HTML5 question spot-on but that’s OK!
Very attractive post, and unique content here.
nice to read !..
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It was a great interview!! really like it..
Nice interview and info
This is verry good.
Wenatchee web design
Flash diffidently need competition. Adobe is getting far to big for their britches, ever read the flash terms of service? It will scare the crap outa you that you have to agree to that in order to see everything flash online. Bad on you adobe. Bring on html 5 baby.
It will scare the crap outa you that you have to agree to that in order to see everything flash online.
wow nice one :-)
For some reason this interview amazed me. It was cool to see that geeks and star wars walk the same road :)
It will scare the crap outa you that you have to agree to that in order to see everything flash online. childvomiting.com
The closing date is May 2012 right ?