I’ve always been fascinated by Flash. The idea of a WYSIWYG approach to web design. My first website used Flash but today we have HTML5: it’s time to move on.
I realized this website just after my bachelor to showcase my Flash skills and design skills, as well as prototyping skills. It’s, like the one you are in now, a portfolio website.
Even now it looks rather sharp, but due to the lack of support for the Flash plugins on mobile devices and the rising on HTML5 as universal standard for interactive content I discontinued it in 2010. However, the site is still accessible (there’s a link in the links section). The website supports any kind of media content, from images, to videos, audio and interactive prototypes.
The site was born when Flash was still a “cool” way to design for web without the constraints of XHTML and CSS.
The site was born when Flash was still a “cool” way to design for web without the constraints of XHTML and CSS. It offered (and still offers) a very natural approach to graphic design that did not require any slicing and visual coding. Sure, it requires a lot of Actionscript for animation and interactive elements, but overall I always found it more powerful than any other web based front-end technology. One of the most interesting aspects of the website is the possibility to be run in full screen, with a dynamic zoom and automatic centering that made it feel like an app rather than website. Drawbacks? Many. Incompatibility with WebOS, and the fact that it’s contents are not accessible to search engines for indexing.
So Flash is not a good solution for a web site today, but is still great for software prototyping.