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I N T E R A C T I V E D E S I G N F O R U M
Issue 9 | March 2000 | Updated 3-17-00
|DESIGN | PHOTO | JOBS | UPDATES|
at last... Best of the Cool Award... Multimedia, the Web & CD-ROM...
look... Goodbye, AOL...
Tell your friends... Better critiques...
know about you... Teaching computer-based media... NY Minute wins
Best of Show... Nudes in Parma
& hip-hop... More student involvement = better critiques... Photoshop
5.5 vs. Fireworks 2
Design Quiz... Barcelona... AIGA / NASAD briefing
paper... Response to Upgrade Junkies, Pt.
Design" or "New Media?"
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The latest installment comes in the name of Flash. This vector-based animation software from Macromedia has become the darling of web designers. Flash-enabled sites are appearing everywhere. Clients are asking about it. And Amazon just emailed me a list of 4 or 5 best-selling computer books, all about Flash.
So, given that Flash is a good way to get animation and other types of interactivity on the Web, why use it?
In an article in New Media titled Kill HTML before it kills us, Neil Balthaser says:
I've seen a number of sites that use Flash effectively. I've visited some that don't function at all despite that fact that I have the latest plug-in installed. Those that do work often offer animation that's fancier, but no more interesting, useful or enjoyable than the average animated GIF.
Is better, faster animation the key to great interactive experiences? Is technology limiting our creativity or are we doing the easy part (buying new software) rather than the hard part (learning to create compelling experiences on the computer)?
So instead I've decided to put off using the latest, greatest software until it's been around for awhile and/or I've thought of a really good use for it. Short-sighted? Maybe. If you use Flash, I'd be interested in your thoughts.
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