If you have been following the contests on this
site, Gelwin aka excogitator is one of those people
you will always find at the top of the leaderboards.
Below is an interview with him!
View his forum profile
I am a Designer and Developer. A few companies aside, I
have worked for two Ad agencies, Ogilvy and Law & Kenneth.
In the 10 years of my career, I have spanned various
roles from application development to web design to web
games and RIA.
What is currently your favorite
project/piece of work and why?
Mystical Orange Magic, an art design that I made for a
contest here, back in 2009:
Many thanks to Kirupa for that contest. It inspired me to
becoming a Digital artist today. Kirupa's home page says -
Making Designers Better Developers. I became a better
What is your favorite movie and why?
Avatar. I loved the animations and the unbelievable blend
of humans with CG characters so alive. Waiting for the
What is your favorite video game
character and why?
Brings back childhood memories. The electronic
tunes were very catchy. It was pretty addictive too.
What/who are your sources of
My design inspiration until they updated their site used
thefwa.com (Flash Web Awards)
What is your programming language of
choice, and what would
be one thing you would add/change
to improve it?
AS3 is my language of choice. I'm still grasping it. If I
would ask for improvisations....I don't mind flashplayer
plugins going a little bulky, if it can help in performance.
All the other plugins I presume are already quite bloated.
What is your design or development tool
of choice, and what
would be one thing you would
add/change to improve it?
Design tool of choice - Photoshop CS3. I wish it had some
features from Illustrator to help me with my artworks.
If you had to be a dinosaur, which one
would you want to be?
One that can fly.
What makes you motivated to wake up
daily and go to work?
I'm a late sleeper so I wake up...... late. Generally up
everyday till 3 am types. So I wake up at 12:00 pm.
How do you balance your personal life
I take breaks only when my work is less or I have nothing
else to do. Will head for movies or eateries. I am a foodie.
What was your first job?
A Foxpro programmer. Did an Internship for a year.
Do you feel your current job will be
relevant in 5 years? Why?
I'm quite certain my current job will outlast 10 years
unless everyone switched to sixth sense technology (Any flat
surface can be a monitor and gestures can be used to
interact with it). Cell phones are too varied to control,
plus tiny and if people are comfortable with it becoming
bigger and larger thats almost evolved into a mini laptop by
Either all those or 2012 will make my job irrelevant.
Do you believe a formal education is
beneficial for the type of work that you do?
Only parts of it, since formal education is a combination
of all areas. Everything I do deals mostly with planning,
logic and math.
Can you share your most challenging
interaction with a client?
I made around 5-7 demo web layouts for a client once,
because he kept rejecting each one of them. Thats like a
week gone waste.
When we finally met to understand the
reasons. He said he didn't like the models photo that I used
in all the layouts. That photo was given to us by the client
himself. Nuts I tell you.
What manner of death would you prefer
Probably a frozen one where climate drops as in the movie
"The Day After Tomorrow". An Instant painless one.
If you had to pick a weapon to defend
the world from space invaders, what would the weapon be?
Can you beat Chuck Norris?
Since he is quite old. I need another worthy opponent.
Someone puny and weak.
How fast can you eat lunch while typing?
I hope you all enjoyed this series of questions and answers,
and thanks to Gelwin for answering them. To learn more about
how all of this came about, read this
forum thread where the idea of
interviewing forum members came about.
Got a question or just want to chat? Comment below or drop by our forums (they are actually the same thing!) where a bunch of the friendliest people you'll ever run into will be happy to help you out!
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