“Color in Motion” is an impressive example of using Flash as an interactive learning tool.
Although the color theory that it presents is somewhat simplistic, I enjoyed the elegant, minimalist design, which makes the colors used really burst from the page. The use of sound is also good, particularly on the Movies page. Enjoy!
When I look back at the code behind some of my earlier sites I am shocked by how bloated and downright ugly it is. I cringe at the nested tables, I wince at the liberal use of spacer gifs and am I embarrassed by my poor use of CSS. Read More
This question gets debated a lot, and seems to have recently risen to prominence again in some well known blogs. And rightly so, of course, for even though the majority of us would do this stuff for free, it does help to be able to afford to keep that roof over your head.
This question is particularly tricky for people starting out in the web design business, so I thought I’d give my take, based on my own experience.
The Washington Post “Faces of the Fallen” page is about the best use of Flash I’ve seen in a long while.
Notwithstanding the subject matter (whether you’re for or against the war, this page vividly brings home its tragic human cost), the implementation of the tool is excellent – intuitive to use, with subtle design elements that aid understanding of the content and well integrated into the page.
The designers behind this page obviously understood that Flash works best when it is used to enhance the content it is presenting, and not just to put it across in a showy way. As a consequence, this page has struck a deep chord with me, and I am sure I will be returning to it in the future.
The “First Official Gurus v. Bloggers Design Shootout” is a very entertaining read. It’s good to see that Andrei Herasimchuk has a sense of humor, as I was beginning to wonder. I can’t wait for round 2.
However, I do take issue with his comment about Keith Robinson being a “self-proclaimed web designer”. As well as being the lead web developer for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Keith is also active in the freelance arena. I don’t see anything “self-proclaimed” about that.
And it is by no means clear to me why Andrei put himself in the “gurus” group and Zeldman in the “bloggers”. To my mind, it should be the other way around.
Still, and entertaining and topical read…