Hugh Elliott

Hugh Elliott


In 1999, Hugh Elliott graduated with a diploma in Computer Graphics and true-to-form, went into landscaping. Two backbreaking months in, he was asked to come to Toronto and show some Flash work. Undeterred at never having heard of Flash, Hugh downloaded the Flash 3 demo, poured a pint and taught himself. He never looked back.

Since then, Hugh worked for a few of the largest interactive agencies - MMi, Fjord and Organic - where he created award-winning work for General Motors, General Mills, and Bank of America, among others.

Between agencies, he co-founded the highly acclaimed and successful Nemesis Group, nominated for Canadian Agency of the Year in 2005.

Hugh was nominated for technical excellence in previous years at FlashForward and FiTC for his personal site, After leaving Nemesis Group, Hugh went freelance and found it to be the most fun he'd had in years. After a brief second life in the agency world, Hugh is back in the freelance game.


The 10 Best Excuses to NOT do Amazing Work

"I just don't have enough time" or, "I don't know how to do this." We all have reasons not to start, work on or finish up our projects.

It's true, life can impede our progress and a lack of knowledge can simply stop us dead. By and large, it's our minds that are the most impassable roadblocks to success.

In Hugh's session, he'll outline the 10 best (or worst?) excuses from his time as a developer that, more often than not, got in the way of completing his personal work. And how he ignores that voice in his head that says, "Not today. Tomorrow."


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