on the front page!

I’m such a digital nerd I get really stoked when I show up in print, so I was pretty excited when I saw that I was the top story in the Business section (appropriately, section G) of the Edmonton Journal today under the heading “Edmonton web whiz’s new company quickly hailed as industry superstar”. It’s a very complimentary article about me and the company – though they failed to mention that the AOL project was done with Metaliq, inc. (who are really awesome to work with), and that LucasArts is BLITZ’s client, not ours directly. The article was also featured on the front page, with a goofy posed picture of me beside my computer.

You can read the article on the Edmonton Journal online edition. Below are a couple of pics of the print version, for posterity.

I was also recently quoted by USAToday in an article on mobile Flash, and appeared in an article in a Toronto newspaper (about the FitC awards, I’m guessing). I’m becoming quite a media whore. πŸ˜‰

[UPDATE May 6 2005] I just found out that I was also quoted in this article on on the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia… “at least it wasn’t Microsoft”.

Grant Skinner

The "g" in gskinner. Also the "skinner".



  1. Dude, that rules! congrats on all of the above!

  2. mike chambers April 27, 2005 at 1:36pm

    Wow. Is your desk always that clean?

    mike chambers

  3. Congrats Grant!!! You deserve it

  4. Jim Armstrong April 27, 2005 at 3:00pm


  5. nice! Didn’t realize you were in the west : ). Congrats…

  6. Wow! That’s fantasic, Grant!


  7. Nice one Grant! Which title do you prefer though, the ‘Web Whiz’ or ‘Global Guru’ moniker?

  8. Lol nice pic!


  9. Grant, Global Guru

    Grant, Global Guru: Nice to see Grant Skinner get coverage in the newspaper like this… but watch out if Paris Hilton starts calling, she’s looking for a new partner now…. ;-)…

  10. Hey Grant, congratulations!!

    i’m not surprised about this, but i thing you looks a lil bit like the Mona Lisa (Da Vinci)… but modern male version… lol!

    Seriously, you are inspiration for many people including me. Congratulations again!!! πŸ˜‰

  11. Wow! Congratulations.

  12. Congrats Grant ! This is splendid, keep up the good work !



  13. Mike: Never – a clean desk is a sign of an empty mind.

    Pete: I’ll go for anything that doesn’t involve a cuss word. πŸ˜‰

    pcMan: It does have the creepy eye following thing, doesn’t it? I think Da Vinci would roll over in his grave if he read that comment though.

    Everyone: Thanks for the nice comments and congratulations! It’s been an exciting year, and I owe a lot of it to you guys, the Flash community, for just being so darn cool (awwww… mushy).

  14. Hey Grant congrats!

    You’re the next Canadian Top Flasher!

    Just don’t forget your geek roots man πŸ™‚

  15. Congratulations on your success!I put on our fridge your article from the journal for our kids to read as an example of hard work and dedication can pay off.Thanks and continued success to you. yours sincerly donald baden.

  16. Sharon Gaumont April 28, 2005 at 3:02pm

    Well… it’s about time one of the Skinner’s made it to print (although I think we’re mentioned in a “Riverdale” book somewhere). Very cool to see you’ve made it to the front page. All the best, Grant! I’ll keep my eyes open for more up and coming!

    Congrats on your Geek-dom!

    Your “Elusive” Aunt (Sharon)

  17. Congratulations. I myself am near Edmonton and heard of you just recently. I am currently fifteen years old and have been tampering with Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver and have HTML and Javascript down pat. How long have you worked with flash, and what courses did you take in college? Also, if you don’t mind this question, what were your marks in high school? Because I find I am excelling in design outside of school, but Math and Sciences I find boring? Was thsi the same? Thanks and keep up the good word.

  18. Rachel Skinner May 1, 2005 at 10:35am

    WOW! Congrats Grant!

    I’m happy things look to be going really great for you. Keep it up! Good luck in the future. Auntie Sharon gave me an email with his site and I was definately impressed!

    Cousin (?im pretty sure?) Rachel

  19. Donald: Wow, I’ve always wanted to be on someone’s fridge! My mom used to put clippings on the fridge all the time: “this is why you want to work hard”, “this is why you shouldn’t do drugs”, etc. πŸ™‚

    Matt: While I never got along well with homework, I usually did fairly well in school, and excelled at tests. I think the most successful people in any industry are those with the most general range of abilities that they can apply to their area of speciality. I use a fair amount of math in my work (more than I would have expected while in school), and often wish I had paid a bit more attention to it. It’s important to balance your own self-directed teaching about your personal interests, and the more general (and admittedly boring) education you’ll get in school.

  20. Bhanu Ranjith May 5, 2005 at 11:53pm

    Congrats Grant!

    You really look like a star (infact you are now)in this Article πŸ™‚

    All the bestest.


  21. It’s really funny that it is in the ‘G’ section of the paper. was that your doing Grant?

  22. Good job, you guys do killer work.

  23. Hey Grant!

    Congrats on all of your successes. I was just wondering… I recently applied at NAIT, and was told at the interview that I was designing web related projects that NAIT students were creating at the end of the course. I specialize mainly in flash and html/php design with CSS and XHTML. I am starting to look into going in the Guru Digital Arts program. On the website I came across the Edmonton Flash Users Group (eFug). How would I be able to become a member of this group. If you get this message, please email me at:


    Nick Johnston

  24. Congrats! I’ve followed your work for a while and am pleased to see you get some praise from the rest of the world and not just the Flash community; you deserve it!

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