Flash Programmer Fakepilot, also known as Mattias Lindberg, says “Don’t rip off my work like Levi’s, Nokia and Usher did, hire me directly instead”. According to quite a few people he is considered the best flash programmer in the world, period. Together with Andreas Lindholm he runs The International Style and he was recently invited to Hyper Island to talk to the students.
What is Fakepilot's mission statement?
Fakepilot's mission? He is the universal soldier. He believes we can end war with war. Terror with terror. His mission is really too dreadful to talk about. He started a news channel called "The Free-doom channel". Watch the first episode on Youtube, maybe parts of his mission is explained there:
What do you want to do with The International Style?
Our goal at the moment is to use our communication, marketing and design skills plus ideas to make this world a little better place to live in. That's what we have been working for all year long and we will do it as long as we can afford it. Now and then – we might work with some other projects for hand picked clients. Help them and their messages for a while. Our goal would be economic comfort and creative freedom.
Where do you think the industry is going in the future?
The Internet has only started to show it's true potential. I believe Internet will become a digital free market and that television will be free from "puppet master claws" as well. Internet is today the only free medium, by that I mean – it's the only place where you can upload videos for others to watch, you can start blogs and write anything you want without getting censured – in contrary with all other big medias of today. Paper form or television. They are all controlled by the power elite, most of them are neo-conservatives. They earn money on war and want to keep people stupid and poor. They don't say that themselves, but their actions speak louder than words. Take that with a pinch of salt. Internet is actually my hope for humanity.
Practically, as the bandwidth expands – this would mean more video and more companies that makes services which benefit each and every one of us. The design industry will keep on moving along, changing trends, like fashion...
What kind of advice did you give to the Hyper Island students?
One advice was to set your goals above the stars. Only then it's possible to become one. I also tried to explain how important it's been for me, to see every person you meet as an opportunity. You can never know where your "loser friend" will be in 5 or 10 years. Every meeting is an opportunity to succeed. It might be a future acquaintance that later tells his boss about you and want to hire you. It might be a new friend. A new colleague or simply – not an enemy. Many people only respects people who accomplished something. That's the wrong way to go. You should get respect by seeing anyone, then they might remember you as admirable. A positive social circle. Contacts is everything. Even more important than skills.
What the Fakepilot in action: