It’s not everyday you get a chance to interview a Hollywood actor, yet again it’s not everyday you can interview a Hollywood actor about interaction design and iPad apps. I recently got the chance to speak with Wiley Wiggins who was kind enough to take part in this week’s 5½ Questions Series.
Wiley happened to star in two of my favourite films—directed by Richard Linklater—Dazed and Confused and later in Waking Life, which you simply must watch if you haven’t already. What you may not know is that Wiley is also a web, UI and interaction designer, has worked with Apple and frequently blogs.
Hi Wiley. You have an impressive résumé—web designer, interaction designer, motion graphics artist, animator, artist, sculptor, actor, editor, speaker and writer—who is Wiley Wiggins?
Hi! I don’t know! I balance precariously between boring day-jobs and fun artsy stuff. It sounded really impressive when you read it all off just now, but the truth is- just because I do a lot of stuff doesn’t mean I’m particularly good at any of it.
Recently you took part in a Dazed and Confused live-tweet event. Did you have fun? Do you think we’ll see more social tools being used in this way? Oh, and how drunk did you end up?
It was kind of fun. I felt like I was racing to keep up with the movie and probably didn’t answer as many questions as I could have. And I got stupidly awfully drunk. Never, ever, EVER play that stupid drinking game. I only followed one rule and I was hurting bad.
I have read about your interest in interaction design. Do you have any favorite iOS apps or found other areas of application that are pushing the boundaries of IxD?
I love new ways of presenting data we are used to seeing in a different way, like Planetary, or really good UI implementations of something so unglamorous that people do it wrong all the time like the terrific iTeleport (a VNC client) or Prompt (an SSH client, probably only useful if you do command line work). I think that some of the enhanced media readers out there are great- I really enjoyed The Final Hours of Portal, and I like The National Geographic interactive magazine on Zinio. I also just saw this really awesomely done blog published as an iPad app called Nalden… Really impressive. And then there are all the games… but that would be a whole huge endeavor. I think World of Goo on the iPad is pretty perfect.
If you could share just one status update with the world what would you say?
Too much pressure! how many letters do I get? AAAAAAhhhh! Was this the update? Did I already use it up?
What are you working on at the minute? Can we expect any announcements in the near future?
I have a boring day-job doing webdesign for a big giant company that will remain nameless. It’s pretty soul-crushing but it pays well and I have health insurance. But! – I just set up my iOS game startup Karakasa Games! I’ll be really loud an obnoxious and post a lot of stuff when that happens.
Finally, some people have a book that has had a profound impact on them, rewiring their brian or changing their outlook. Does one stand out for you and if so what is it?
There’s rarely one whole book I can point to, but there’s lots of little moments in books—like the crowd rioting at the end of Day of the Locust, or the protagonists trapped alone in snowed-in cabins in A Wild Sheep Chase or The Secret History. I’m drawn to those moments that are both really immediate and strangely distant… like watching a car crash about to happen.
Wiley has been working writing and coding the first steps towards what will be a psychedelic, open-ended adventure game for the iPad.
It’s an homage to the sci-fi shows we loved as kids, but full of the schadenfreude and dark humor our now shriveled, black hearts require in order to continue pumping.
The project is on Kickstarter and has just two days remaining. Be sure to back it to recieve some cool goodies!
Thanks Wiley for taking the time to answer my questions, I can’t wait to see Thunderbeam!
If you have any suggestions for a person in the series just let me know by pinging me on Twitter.