Big Spaceship presentation at FITC Toronto 2009

FITC just posted videos of some of the presentations that were done this year (2009) at Toronto. It’s a shame that for some reason they removed the Joshua Davis one because he his a really good presenter. That being said I’d like to drive your attention to the Big Spaceship agency presentation. I don’t know why I missed it when I was there, but I am really happy I got to watch it in video because it really gives insights about how to run a digital shop. When I listen to presentations like this one, I don’t take everything for money, but it help shape my ideas about the topic.

The video is the last one on the right on the first line right under the video player found here: (it would be nice to have direct links)

So, in a nutshell, here is what they say:

  • They don’t use the word creative to define designers because everybody is creative.
  • Don’t hire assholes (very close to the netflix presentation)
  • People in team sit together, instead of department sit together
  • Great importance to culture and fun at work
  • Try to include one person of every department as early as possible in a project
  • They avoid using stock images or footages and prefer doing that themselves
  • To increase creativity they try to spend some time away from the computer, doing analog things like with their hands (I know, that is crazy)
  • They don’t pitch when the client ask for comps
  • They don’t pitch when client will choose the lowest costing solution

A very interesting watch. Take whatever you want from it.

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  1. #1 by Joshua Davis - September 17th, 2009 at 15:01

    I actually asked them to take it down until after I get back from Flash of the Beach and MAX… so it will be back on the FITC site in a few weeks.


  2. #2 by - September 17th, 2009 at 15:35

    I thought it was something like that, by the way, I really enjoyed your presentations at FITC these past 2 years.

  3. #3 by Joshua Davis - September 17th, 2009 at 23:27

    cheers !

    I know there are a few videos of “space” on vimeo and youtube but they are only like 3 to 6 minuets each. And since MAX and FOTB are the last really big presentations of the year I didn’t want to blow the whole show for those who haven’t seen it yet.

    also you can direct link to a video like this :


  4. #4 by Guy Parker IV - September 22nd, 2009 at 14:47

    I just wanted to say to Zedia, this is a very nice blog, I’ve followed it for a while without making comment. I just had to say thanks for mentioning Joshua Davis and I’m glad he is doing well. His book, Flash to the core, was what really opened up Flash programming to me, back 7 years or so ago. I was an art major in college and always interested in coding but wanted visual feedback for what I was doing and so Flash does that very well. If you read this Joshua, this is pretty late feedback, but thanks for the book you wrote all those years ago, it was an inspiration and really helped open a whole new career for me. Anyone else reading this comment, that book is written for Flash MX (AS1) so it’s probably not very useful for current AS3 stuff, but it was really awesome back in the day.

  5. #5 by - September 22nd, 2009 at 15:23

    @ Guy Parker IV
    Ya we have two old Flash books, 2 of the same, I think it is Masters of Flash or something and Joshua Davis is one of the authors, just to say he has been active in Flash for a long time and I hope he keeps rocking for a long time too.

  6. #6 by chris - September 22nd, 2009 at 18:52

    I just read your article on TubeLoc and I am starting to build apps in Flex, but your code doesn’t work.

    I copied/pasted the code for TubeLoc into a new Flex app (AS3). But I get errors.

    Could you offer some guidance on how best to use the code to get the TubeLoc app compiled?

    Thanks! Chris

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