After discovering Flash while working on an art project, Robert soon realized that there was a need for more comprehensive documentation of its capabilities. In 1998, not many people had even heard of Flash and publishers were wary of the limited market, but IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. (now Wiley Publishing, Inc.) committed to doing the Flash 4 Bible. The rest, as they say, is history. After studying and working together in Toronto for five years, Robert Reinhardt and Snow Dowd established a multimedia consulting and design company in Los Angeles in 1999, called [the MAKERS]. Five years in the Hollywood Hills saw them through the dotcom boom and bust and gave them the chance to work on a wide range of projects — without ever having to wear wool socks. Now based in Portland, Oregon, [the MAKERS] continue to do work for entertainment companies, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, independent artists, and nonprofit organizations—and enjoy wearing stylish rain boots.
Robert Reinhardt — With a degree in photographic arts, Robert takes a holistic approach to the creation of compelling multimedia. In addition to development and content creation through [the MAKERS], Robert works with Schematic (
www.schematic.com) as Vice President of the Multimedia Platforms Group. Robert has led various assignments including multimedia data analysis applications for Nielsen's Media and Entertainment division and creating interactive applications for The Weather Channel's