Five Year Blogaversary

Time sure flies fast when you’re having fun! Today marks five years of blogging, including two redesigns, 345 posts, 3900 comments, and tens of millions of page views. There have been a lot of changes in the industry during that time: the dark ages of Flash (MX2004), Adobe buying Macromedia, the bitmap capabilities of Flash 8, the introduction (and subsequent reintroduction) of Flex, the release of ActionScript 3, and the emergence of Silverlight as the first serious competitor in the space.

Over this time, I’ve seen my role morph from a relatively unknown freelancer experimenting with Flash, to an active community member, regular conference speaker, and CEO of one of the top ActionScript development teams on the planet (I refuse to be humble when talking about my team – they rock!). We’ve built a diverse range of successful projects for some really stellar clients, ranging from the Fanbase AIR application for Atlantic records, to the v3 components for Adobe, to camera based installations for BBC and Nissan. It really is a testament to Flash as a technology, and the potential of the platform.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Flash community for being such an awesome and open group of people. I’ve had so many stimulating conversations, made so many great friends, and been inspired in so many ways by this community. I’m excited to see what the next 5 years brings. Hopefully it will include a new design for (egads, is it really over 4 years old?)!

Grant Skinner

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



  1. Congratulations!!! Its been an excellent read so far… keep up the good work!

    You have been a inspiration to me and many others.

  2. Congratulations!

    Speaking from personal experience your site has been a major inspiration and assistance since I found it a year ago. Your generosity with your ideas and solutions helped me many times as I slowly learned and evolved from an amateur learning about flash to a full time flash designer. I can only hope you’ll keep up the great work both for flash in general and for the flash community.

    Thank you very much,

    Asi Epshtain

  3. Hear hear,

    Thanks for the blog and inspiration over the years, and hoping that you will continue this fantastic blog!

    You and your articles have been a huge help and a real driver, from studying interactive multimedia to working at some of the top agencies.


  4. Congratulations! And thank you for all the great support, articles and tools that you have provided to the community over the years! As was commented earlier already, I can only hope that you will continue this trend 🙂

  5. Amazing news. Congratulations! Keep rocking the Flash Scene!

  6. Congrats and keep up the good work!

  7. Your wonderful site is on the tops of my RSS Reader list and the blog has kept me so current with cutting edge Flash and Actionscript topics.

    a big Thank You goes out!

  8. Whatever man, I’m like the Biggie Smalls of the Flash world. Err… no, make that Michael Jackson… Cass Elliot?

    Inside joke… sorry all. 😉

  9. Seriously, though, awesome work, Grant! It’s been fun seeing your company, et al. progress.

    Here’s to another great five years!

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