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Author Name: Stephen Kui

Post Category: Tips for Graphic Designers

Flash can be an exciting, interactive element to a web site, or it can be a viewer’s worst nightmare. Using flash effectively depends on how you utilize the content and how obtrusive to the rest of the site it is. Here’s how to make the most of flash if you must use it, and why not to use flash in some cases. What Flash Does for Users No doubt about it. Flash is… flashy. But while it can be helpful for making your site’s appearance pop, it can also be distracting to users. Take note of kriesi.at, which features a flash navigation. While it has a nice design as cosmetics go, the navigation moves when you hover over it. While it may not seem annoying to you, especially as the designer, it can be a major annoyance to some visitors. kriesi.at There are some sites, such as the Transformers site, which require the user to have flash, or they cannot access the site at all. As cool as it is to see, it’s lacking in usability. Aside from the fact that it is completely unusable to people who don’t have flash, this site is distracting and hard to work with anyways. Transformers When Flash is Useful Although flash can be a viable replacement for HTML and CSS, it’s only useful if used in the right sites, such as:

  • Portfolios
  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Displaying videos

Portfolios are often best displayed in flash, because they can really highlight images. Flash has become one of the most popular avenues for photographers and oftentimes graphic designers. Flash let’s these people provide their images in a way that presents them to the audience and let’s them really get into the image gallery. Jeremy Cowart has a great implementation of flash that highlights his images while keeping everything nicely organized and easy to use. Jeremy-CowartThe simple interface keeps all the content accessible and isn’t confusing, which makes the site work excellently as a portfolio. Interactive demonstrations can also be best suited in flash for certain niches. The sites, however, must be exclusively specialized so that flash is necessary for them to be effective. Don’t Click It exemplifies this by providing a test for users: To see if they can use a page without having to click it. The entire interface is flash-based and will instantly alert you if you click anything anywhere on the page. Can you navigate without clicking? Dont-Click-ItVideos are also a good reason to use flash. While flash intros can be annoying or flat-out murderers of SEO, when used properly, can add a great dynamic for viewers. If the site is centered around an idea, such as The Girl Effect, a well-constructed video can be both awe-inspiring and moving. The-Girl-Effect That’s our simple introduction to some of flash’s uses. Want to learn more about flash? Visit stephenkui.com so you can stay updated for the upcoming parts for the rest of this flash series.

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Timothy Dempsey On August 21st, 2009 at 7:59 am
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    Stephen,
    You make a couple of valid points, and some that I feel (like the SEO issue) that could use further tips – perhaps you’ll get to those in the upcoming parts.

    I personally equate Flash to job security (or at least better marketability of your services if underemployed); there is SO much work for skilled Flash designers. A graphic designer unfamiliar with Flash? Get familiar.

    The new Flash Catalyst is possibly a way to go if a newbie got scared at the learning curve, but I don’t know if that’s an approach with “promise” but unproven adoption.

  1. Dave Sparks On August 21st, 2009 at 10:50 am
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    Thanks for the article Charlie – I agree that people should use flash only when necessary or for specific effect.
    It is still not a completely use able and accessible technology but is certainly getting better.

  1. Stephen Kui On August 23rd, 2009 at 10:28 pm
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    Hey Tim,

    Yes you are absolutely right, there’s a lot to be seen with flash, especially in the future.
    When applied tastefully, it can be great, and I will definitely be getting into more in the future.
    If you have any suggestions or questions, I’d be glad to take them.

    Stephen

  1. Flash video websites On July 23rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    4

    I agree with Stephen. There’s a lot of really tasteful applications for flash. I think going forward we’re going to see it being applied in new ‘out of the box’ ways.

    The only thing about flash is that the basic do’s and don’t of it are often ignored, even by more talented designers. The examples you showed were awesome. We’re going to have to talk more about this on our blog.

  1. Karen Myers On November 24th, 2010 at 7:36 am
    5

    Hi GraphicDesignBlog team,
    My name is Karen and I am representing flashmint.com. I’m not sure if you have heard about our services which is to produce high quality flash templates. I were wondering whether you would be interested in posting one of our articles dedicated to “30+ amazing examples of linear designs” on your website. Look forward to hear from you!

    Sincerely,
    Karen

  1. Leo Brown On May 12th, 2011 at 5:02 am
    6

    Thanks for your information…..It is useful to the designers which are interested in flash designing…..


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