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ABOUT the book

ABOUT the book

FLASH WEB DESIGN: the art of motion graphics


designed by TODD PURGASON & Steve Balle-Gifford


Hillman CURTIS

Writing this book was a team effort. My heartfelt thanks go out to the following:

Joseph Lowery, for writing this book with me. I couldn't have done it without him. (Check out Joe's upcoming books Dreamweaver 3 Bible and the Fireworks 3 Bible.)

Todd Purgason, for coming in and owning the book design. Todd graced this book with his focus, passion, and exceptional gift for design, not to mention his excellent chapter contribution.

Steve Balle-Gifford, who worked with Todd and put in a super-human effort with the layout and interior design.

All of us at hillmancurtis.com are grateful to have as our art director, Ian Kovalik. My deepest thanks to Ian for his creative and insightful chapters.

Fred Sharples hired me at Macromedia some four years ago (we're both indies now), and we've been buddies ever since. No one has the mind this guy has, and I'm honored he's shared his knowledge with me/us in Chapter 8.

And thanks to Dave Baldeschwieler and Eric Wittman, friends from Macromedia for their contributions as tech editor and author of the book's foreword, respectively.

Thanks to Homera Chaudhry for running hc.com so effectively that both Ian and I had time to give to this book.

Thanks again to Christina for proofing, re-writing, love, and support.

Also thanks to the team of Steve Weiss, Jennifer Eberhardt, Kathy Nelson, and Chris Nelson at New Riders who provided me with the perfect amount of direction, support, and encouragement.

My deepest thanks to all the good people at Razorfish NYC for their constant support and inspiration.

Thanks to Katherine Green for helping me grow as a designer, Buck Bito and all of the Macromedia Creative Services team, Matt Connors, Brian Schmidt, Rob Burgess for always saying "No gratuitous animation!", Tom Hale, Alan Felgate and all of Macromedia.

And thanks always to Mrs. John Butler, Mrs. Sears Lehmann, Rebecca Curtis and family, Madeleine Curtis and family, Joan Connors, Sarah Manning, Hugh Curtis, Garret Matoso (http://netfeatures.com), David Souvlewski, Dave Munro, David Hartt, Mike Davis, Brian Weisberg, David Edwards, JodyMattDonLauraEdQuentinLisaDanPaulDaveLizCakelikeDonPiperSituationLitPlasticAutomat.



My first dedication is to God as thanks for giving me this stuff called creativity and the opporunity to use it every day. Then to my beautiful wife Candice and two wonderful daughters Logan and Chloe. To my father, Jim Purgason, for teaching me how to work, and to my mother, Terrie Purgason, for teaching me how to strive for the seemingly impossible. To my company, Juxt Interactive, for the time, my partner Steve Wages for the support, and Brian Drake for pushing me to keep on my toes. To Macromedia for the great tools, and specifically to my fellow cow-tippers Brian Schmidt and Eric Wittman. To my peers that inspire and push me daily, Jimmy Chin, Josh Ulm, Brad Johnson, and too many others to mention. Finally, to the man I call a friend and an inspiration, to whom I will forever be honored and flattered by the opportunity to design his book: Thanks, Hillman; it was a blast.


Much of life is working with the cards you're dealt and I'd like to thank the four aces who showed up for this hand: Ian, Todd, Fred and that ace of aces, Hillman.


I would like to thank my father Robert, my sisters Lorna and Caroline, and my brother Raymond. Your expressions of pride, love, and support have been a great source of strength in my life and work.

I would especially like to thank my wife Pamela. Your tireless and selfless testing and editing on this chapter was the greatest help of all.


I would like to thank my Mother and Father for their tireless support and wisdom, my brother Adam, sister Laryn, and Grandpap Simon... also Alain, Angie, John B., Nav, Tom, Gugga, Erin, Brig, Steve, Homera, the teams at DSW and the FeedRoom—and, of course, Hillman and Christina.


Every now and then, we at New Riders happen upon a new author simply by chance. Such was the case with Hillman Curtis, who casually left his business card at a New Riders trade show booth. Hillman was interested in writing a Flash book, and we were looking to partner with the right people to create a Flash book that wasn't yet another rehash of the Flash feature set. As soon as we contacted him to find out more about his proposal, we were hooked.

Hillman is a genius in the world of motion graphics. Both technically and artistically. His software know-how, combined with his unique artistic sense, pack a powerful combination—one that we are excited to share with you in his first book: Flash Web Design. You'll find that Hillman and his book are like nothing currently on the shelves. Whether you use it for reference or inspiration or both, you'll be sure to enjoy it. We'd like to know how much…

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