I have been fortunate to work with some incredibly gifted people in my career. But Jeff Faulkner is from another planet of giftedness.
He leaped from a serious pursuit of a music career in Seattle to design by way of creating concert posters. He taught himself html and Flash. He became one of the founding partners of interactive design shop Paris France and under his design guidance we immediately starting winning awards from D&AD, The One Show, CA, Flash Forward, Cannes Cyber Lions, etc.
I’ve never seen anything like Jeff. He would watch a Disney movie with his daughter on the couch while designing web sites on his laptop. His love (and appetite) for interactive design appears boundless.
And he wasn’t afraid to invent completely unprecedented web experiences, each with their own laws of physics and logic. We his partners learned that we would be astounded every time he showed us what he’d been working on. And he knew how to collaborate in concepting web experiences – something that a lot of interactive designers still don’t understand.
Which is why I was not surprised to see him first succeed in his own business, deepPlay, then become executive creative director at Blast Radius (Vancouver BC), and then change the world of Xbox Live as creative director at Microsoft. He has now been asked to do the same for Zune.
If you want to know what’s about to happen next in the world of interactive, you should come to hear Jeff talk on Thursday, January 30th, at 11:30 am at the Portland Advertising Federation’s speaker series held at BridgePort Brew Pub (lunch included). You can get your tickets in advance here.
I’ll see you there.