About Me

Here is where you can find my official headshot and bio. If I’m coming to speak at your conference or user group, or you need my photo and bio for any other reason, please use the assets below.

Lee Brimelow is a developer evangelist at Adobe who is currently focusing on web standards, with a particular interest on JavaScript and CSS. He also continues to work with the Flash community and is working on trying to help developers adapt their skills to the new world of HTML5. He has worked in the past for companies such as AOL, Netscape, frog design, and eBay. He runs the highly popular video tutorial site at and writes a blog dedicated to interactive technology at

The Unofficial Bio
Here is the synopsis.I was born in the UK in 1973 and have an older brother named Chris. We moved to Rhode Island when I was four. Kids teased me about my accent so I lost it. Now I wish I had it back. I was damn good at soccer when growing up and mediocre at baseball. In my teens I started skateboarding and was straight-edge. Now, not so straight-edge. After high school I moved to Jackson Hole to be a ski bum. I tore my ACL towards the end of the season and started taking photos and video for snowboarding magazines. I worked for a few seasons as a filmer for Mack Dawg Productions. Snowboarders smoke too much weed so I moved to the Bay Area and became a security guard at HP. Can I see your badge sir? I tried community college but it was too boring. I also worked as a security guard at Intel and Applied Materials. During this time I started doing Photoshop and HTML for fun. It was the dot-com boom so I quickly landed a job doing HTML at based on a fake portfolio of sites. Hey I knew my stuff so who cares. From there I landed a job doing HTML and JavaScript at AOL/Netscape in Mt View. During this time I became father to my wonderful son Ethan. He has autism but is doing really well and is now almost as tall as me! He is a gaming fanatic so I use him a lot for research. After two years of hardcore JS work at AOL I became disillusioned with web development. Following a short stint at eBay I moved to Stanford University for my first real Flash job making animations for the medical school. While attending a Flash Forward conference in San Francisco I came up with the idea for a free video tutorial site and thus, the idea for gotoAndLearn() was born. A year later I won the Flash Forward award in the education category. I left Stanford to take a job at frog design in Palo Alto. They designed the first Macintosh computer. I did lots of interesting work there that I can’t talk about. Adobe hired frog to design and build the onAIR bus tour site. Mike invited me along on leg 1 of the tour. By leg 3 I was an Adobe employee. There is no better job in the world for me. I continue to live in the Bay Area with Ethan and my beautiful wife Giovanna. I work out religiously but the belly still lingers. I’m a rabid SF Giants and 49’ers fan as well. That’s the latest.

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  1. Hi,

    first thank you for your websites! It’s help for me and my work. I have a one question if you could answer me. I find a book about After Effets but there are more books on and I don’t know which is the best:) Could you help me?

    thanks a lot, Marian

  2. I would love to see reality TV show about Lee Brimelow’s life. Sort of like they did a show on Ozzy and all the others…

  3. You are one sexy bitch.
    I wish I could meet you in person so I could show you my hard drive.
    P.S. have you seen the warriors running around?

  4. Can you do some tutorials for as well. When my membership expired i set up an account with darn it….

    I really like you tutorials

  5. I think what you are doing with the tutorials is wonderful, I was just contemplating Art school and finishing my degree and was just telling myself that I really don’t want to have to pay 25,000 a year, don’t get me wrong I have applied my experience at art school but I also applied real life experience, teaching myself giving myself enough time to learn. Its really really great to see a site like yours, do you take donations for hosting the tutorials? I was just looking on how to convert flash to ipod video for a instructional pack i got from web-freelancer, I was thinking it would be a great idea to have it on my ipod, and I found your site and well, even better, flash instructions on the ipod video, brilliant! I can’t express how frustrating it can be getting a book to learn flash and sitting with the laptop looking at the book or watching the lessons in the same screen you are doing the lessons in. Its a wonderful gift for all of us out here that want to know how these programs work. Are you going to Adobe Max 2006? I am going for my first time this year, coming from Arizona with my boyfriend, we’d love to buy you a drink! I’d love to meet everyone thats on here, great community! Sorry for the long post but I had to praise!

  6. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for everything! You are a big help. I have purchased many tutorials on flash etc. and they helped but as soon as I learn that stuff, I’m thinking, “…ok, what next?” Your tutorials and such are great and are helping me develope some fun new stuff. I’m only 16 years old and people like you are making my web development hobby/job much fun!!! THANKS!!! By the way, I cant find a good FBF tutorial…I heard you had one, but I cant find it anymore. THANKS AGAIN!


  7. Thanks for your very interesting story, Lee

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one struggling to find what the h*** to do with my life.
    Questions like these just pops up once in a while – am I gonna make it in this business ?….do I have the right education ?….do I need education or is real life experience worth more in the end ?…am I good enough ?

    I would really love to be able to make a living being an Flash Programmer – I think I need to work harder.

    Thanks for your tutorials

  8. Love your tutorials man.

    I’m a student in Multimedia, but I’ve learned almost as much out of your Flash Tutorials, as I did in my actionscript classes.

  9. Hi Lee,
    ive been looking for ways to learn flash/actionscript and am having a hard time. the tutorials look really great, however i don’t have any experience either, but have some experience with html and Cold Fusion. i find interactive sites so much cooler, if you could point me in the right direction it would be much apreciated.