10 Questions: Nick Paradise

What do you do and where do you do it?
I am Interactive Art Director at The Pita Group in Rocky Hill, where we strategize, design and implement web, interactive and animation projects for a wide range of clients.

What inspired you to choose this profession, and what makes you stay in it?
I have always been artistic, but the graphic influence of the skate and snowboard industries made me realize that there was an actual profession here that interested me. I started off as a print designer but quickly discovered interactive, motion and 3d design; it’s these challenges that keep me on my toes and wanting to learn and create more each day.

What is your single favorite portfolio piece?
This is a tough question, I have fallen in love with lots of projects. I suppose the Don’t Surf Nude Dude game microsite for McAfee. I really enjoyed the challenges this project brought to the table, the opportunity to combine interactive design, 3D character modeling, rigging and animation and motion design all in one project.

What/Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Ten years from now I most likely will have started my own agency, focused around interactive and motion design. At least that’s the dream.

Who/What are your biggest influences?
There are a handful of smaller national agencies that continue to push the interactive and motion space. I love seeing what they come up with.

What do you wish you did better?
Programming and mathematical relationships associated with it. I think, specifically, I wish I had a more comprehensive understanding of javascript.

Why Connecticut?
I was born and raised in Connecticut, left for a few years and realized it is definitely the place I want to live and raise my family.

Who are the best creatives you’ve worked with?
The folks at the Pita Group and Fathom, Matthias Palme, Scott Jones and Ben Roberts.

What are your loves/passions outside of this field?
My wife, our four boys and nature.

What do you know now that you didn’t know then?
A bunch, but there is still a ton I want to learn.

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