User Preferences: Tech Q&A With Henry Chu
Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Henry Chu.
Who are you and what do you do?
What kind of hardware to you use?
A 24’’ iMac in the office, an older 20’’ iMac at home, a 13’’ MacBook Air, an iPhone 4 for my daily use and for testing, an iPad, an iPad2, and some old iPhones for more testing.
What kind of software do you use?
Firework CS3, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Espresso (my recent favorite), Xcode, Processing, OpenFrameworks, Safari, Audacity, WebKut, FFMpeg, Mail, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, iDeveloper – Icon Generator.
What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
My glasses, I can hardly see without them.
If money were no object, how would you change your current set up?
There are a few things I want to try: a 3D object printer, a programmable robotic arm, a huge projection wall with multiple projectors, a hardware team to build physical objects, so that I can extend screen-based simulations into reality.
Musical app: Squiggle
Squeal / Singing Face Digital Hug Edition
Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
Flash—web based motions generated by logics. My design was influenced by Tomato, Yugo Nakamura, Michael Cina and Michael Paul Young.
What is your favorite piece of technology from your childhood?
Lego. I built many things since I was little, like Voltron and Optimus Prime.
What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
A device to neutralize gravity will be very cool.
Image Courtesy of Henry Chu