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Nick Finck

Our headline reads, "behind the screen with independent designers, developers and others".
Nick is all of these.

About you

What did you do before the Web?

I was producing, directing and editing my own independent films and videos. I was in a band and writing music. I was making my own stop-motion animations with characters crafted from common household items.

How did you find the web?

I found the Web out of necessity and passion.

Why are you here?

The Web is my crossroads. As I said, I was into film and video... I also did a lot of animation and conventional art... my writing skill was just starting to evolve. I saw all these skills converging in one place. For the first time I was able to take all my talents and pull them into a single medium; the Web.

Methods of production

What do you use to create your sites?

A pencil, a pad of paper, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Homesite and an open mind. The tools are not as important as how and when you use them. The most important tool is your mind.

About the Web

What do you see as the greatest strengths of the web?

The Web is a dynamic two way medium where users are no longer sitting in a seat and watching the show, they are interacting with it and becoming part of it. The line between on stage and in the audience has been removed and a whole new realm of possibilities has emerged.

What do you see as the greatest dangers?

Fear. The fear that our voice is insignificant and not important. The fear that we don't have anything to say... the same fear that makes us believe that no one would ever be interested in that information or that idea. The fear to stop seeing money and start seeing ideas. The fear to believe in what can be done and what is possible.

What would you say to folks who want to work the web?

Know the medium. Take time to learn the technologies, tools and methods before you create. There are lines drawn all around us, know why they are there before you start drawing outside of them.

Establish your goals. Get a clear picture of what your goals are and how you plan to reach them before you start the journey. The journey and the destination are equally important. Don't start something you are not passionate about.

Learn from others. Find a mentor, ask questions, listen and understand what they are saying. We all need someone to look up to and someone to learn from.

Make mistakes. Be willing to fail but be willing to get back up on your own two feet and learn from your mistakes. Failure is not falling down, failure is not getting up.

Know yourself. Inspiration is a good thing, but know the difference between being inspired by an outside influence and mimicking the influence with no true uniqueness. Define your own style, don't let style define you.

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Nick Finck
Nick Finck

Creator and Editor of Digital Web Magazine, Co-Producer of A List Apart, and a passionate writer on the web.

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