i went in to graphic design instead of web design specifically so i wouldn't spend all night doing shit like this:
stupid interactive senior project. stupid flash. all that script does is make a rollover menu stay down once you click on it. it took me 3 fucking hours to figure that shit out, but i am the master at not using premade flsh script, considering my grasp on flash is very very vague. i see it as making myself more marketable.
and the sad thing is, despite the obsession with flash nowdays 99% of flash sites look crap because there's just a bunch of random seless animation for the sake of having things all moving. Flash is perfect for games and animation sites/web cartoons, but despite what a random wurf through the internet of supposedly 'well-designed, cutting-edge' sites it shouldn't be subjecting viewers to some 5 minute splash screen animation of whatever emo mournful combination of dying trees and bleeding hearts the band thinks personifies itself.
sorry, I'm ranting now, i'm so glad I want to focus my career search on book desgin or packaging design and will never need to use flash, I guarantee when I finally get my lazy ass around to creating a portfolio site, no flash. Seriously it's like magpies and pieces of tinfoil I swear.
speaking of dying trees and bleeding hearts: here's a happy poster that's posted at my school right now
we have to create a portfolio site utilizing flash. it's an unwritten rule that flash has to be used and if you don't want to use it, you pretty much get pushed into it.
i'm hoping to do mostly environmental design and packaging, because that's what i really love. webdesign is really wearing thin on my nerves, more and more as time goes by.
hahah, I love the photo caption. One day I swear I'm going to mock up a fake concert poster utilising ever indie design cliche all at once it will it will cause sceneters to spontaneously combust.
It's good to learn flash I guess, I don't know it and suppose I wish I did (so I could make cartoons making fun of omaha scenesters :)), but then I didn't major in GD, I was film, studio art in book arts and printmaking, and writing, so I'm slightly lacking in some of the more marketable skills.
personally I think a porfolio is the last plcae I'd want to use flash, I think it would be distracting from the work it's meant to highlight. But that's class projects for you :)
well my site isn't obnoxious. it's just a preloader, some unobtrusive buttons and an image slideshow prety much. lots of white space, few graphics. i'm rally working for something that will complement my work and not overpower it.
book arts and printmaking sounds fun! is that like, binding and stuff or am i completely off base?
yep, binding, hand typeset edition publishing, shit that makes you really appreciate how easy it is to be creative with typography when you have a computer instead of having to set lines in plaster of paris or wax or hand carve them into linoleum blocks in order to get non-traditional forms or arrangements.
True, and to be fair, it isn't really Flash's fault. It's the fact than the majority of people are stupid, including web designers (or possibly their clients who directed them to make crappy sites then signed off on them). Flash is just a tool, like a hammer, It can be used to build fine furniture or to go around breaking windows.
It's just that Flash makes it so easy to do stupid annoying bandwidth-hogging intro pages and junk like mystery meat navigation, where you don't know what a button links to or does until you mouse over it. So people makes sites like that, other people see them and "monkey see monkey do" kicks in.
The best web sites are ones that stay the hell out of the user's way and at the same time make it so easy to find what they want that the user's not even consciously aware of the web interface, just of the content. It also helps if they don't look 1990's-ameteurish (the usual backgrounds, huge colored fonts, animated .GIFs)