Five Reasons to Flash
Guest post (and love equation above) by Joshua Stearns, a multidisciplinary artist with a background in photography, design, and programming who is teaching Flash Platform I this summer. Thanks, Joshua!
There has been a lot of talk about the relevance of Flash as HTML5 has emerged as a future web standard. I think everyone can be excited that HTML5 has finally addressed some of HTML’s shortcomings as Flash was created as an alternative to do what HTML could not do, or could not do very well.
Flash continues to innovate with new features all the time and that is why Flash is here to stay. Both technologies have their strong points and there is little reason to argue over which technology is better. HTML5 and Flash have different capabilities and arguing which is better is like comparing apple and oranges.
Instead think about some of the exceptional examples of Flash experiences on the web and see why this standard is here to stay. These five sites are made with Flash, and could not be possible without it.
1. Hulu - Hulu is a fantastic place to watch video online. Built for the masses, it simply has to work and work well. The site is so good, people have cancelled their cable subscriptions and turend to Hulu instead. There isn’t a better example of a video player on the web that works as flawlessly. Hulu has not converted any of their technology to HTML5. In a blog post by Hulu, they talk about their commitment to continue developing in Flash.
2. Jordan - No one comes even close to innovation with motion on the web as the work produced for Jordan. This site continues to innovate by pushing the use of the latest Flash technologies. Take time to appreciate the 3D motion work. There is nothing on the web like it and it is pretty much untouchable.
3. Yes Yes Y’all - Yes Yes Y’all is an internet equivalent of a traditional television station, a lot like the MTV of in the 80’s of 90’s when it actually played music. It’s a curated video experience, that lets you sit back and watch high quality videos uninterrupted. I am little biased about Yes Yes Y’all, since I helped build it.
4. Nalden - Nalden is a blog made in Flash. Not only that, but it is done with a sprinkle of cool and dash of awesome. Nalden’s site is great place to catch up on internet culture from all over the world. It is rich in visuals and in content. If don’t want to get left behind, follow Nalden and he will keep you up to date.
5. Pete Philly - Audio and Video is one of Flash’s strongest attributes. The Pete Philly site flexes both those muscles like it is on steroids. This site is a perfect marriage for experiencing an artist with music and visuals.
These are just a few great examples of what Flash can do. Flash continues to innovate and provides an excellent platform to create. For both mainstream sites like Hulu and smaller sites like Nalden, it is the platform of choice. Not only because it provides designers and developer great control, but also because of it’s rich features. The opportunity to innovate in Flash has never been greater.
Get a dose of Joshua's enthusiasm for Flash this summer. Check out his portfolio here.