November 27, 2003
Every once in a while i start browsing the web looking for some good websites for inspiration and amusement. Usually it is some link or the occasional discussion about good websites and resources on a forum. Having some interest in Macromedia Flash lately, i have been studying good examples of “flashed” websites. Despite the perpetual argument about the pro’s and con’s of the use of Flash, there is definitely a number of good uses and implementations that illustrate the unique possibilities of Flash. While it is true that we would not use Flash-based web interfaces on a busy news page, there is many presentations that really profit from the freedom of animation and interaction.
So browsing along i have been compiling this little list of websites done with Flash that show great design, ideas and just plain goodness. There are in no particular order:
Trevor van Mater: Plain and simple Navigation for a portfolio page, showing some real great illustrations.
Inkogroup - Webdesign: I like the idea of the presentation of their work layed out like a big puzzle and the visitor scrolling through the content, real smooth.
De-Contruct: A very different approach on the interface, solely offering the visitor a keyword search when entering the page. Funny enough, the most common answer to the question if they are looking for something special is “No”.
Vectorize: Website of a design agency, with an interesting apearence, little weird mix of colors, just on the verge of being trendy.
Organic: Very straight forward and business type of interface, but with some nice effects and ideas and an overall very pleasant and balanced appearence.