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:shock: The easy-to-use animation tool made by Macromedia has slowly taken over the Internet, aided and abetted by bored designers and advertisers eager to hit consumers with bigger, more eye-catching messages. But Flash now faces a backlash as some Web surfers complain about how it's been used and designers reassess its value.

"About 90 percent of the work is terrible, and 5 (percent) to 10 percent is good," said Alex Pineda, a Web designer at The Retina, who recently developed the NCAA's Final Four Web site using Flash.


Flash use as "bandwidth drunkenness"

Flash can be used to improve a site's performance?
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Yes, but at the same time there are a vast number of html websites that you may consider 'terrible'.
Flash is a normal evolution for the web. And I wouldn't agree that it's such a bandwidth consumer... since there are less and less people with 56k...
You can't expect everyone to be a professional flash designer and I'm sure that those who are had their own terrible works in the beginning.
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I agree. The web is evolving, both technologically and in what its expected to accomplish. Make no mistake, knowing how to use flash does not make a person an interactive designer any more than having desktop publishing software in the early 90's made one a graphic artist. Flash is one tool in a repertoire of web development/design options. Like any tool it has its place and its good uses.

There will always be poor examples of flash just as there are poor examples of using a carpentry lathe, but those poor uses don't make the tool or the well built product any less legitimate.

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"About 90 percent of the work is terrible, and 5 (percent) to 10 percent is good," said Alex Pineda, a Web designer at The Retina, who recently developed the NCAA's Final Four Web site using Flash.


Instead of using this to examine the legitimacy of flash the web design community should view this as a wakeup call and realize that users are not stupid. They have many options and like any consumer would prefer to use a well built product. In other words web designers/developers/info architects need to carefully evaluated the purpose of their projects. Does the project serve a purpose? Does it fulfill a consumer need or marketing objective?

The web is no longer new enough that the mantra "If we build it they will come" works anymore than publishing a magazine guarantees readership. This is true no matter what application is used to develop a project.

Is Flash dying? No, but consider this a good time to think very carefully about when its best to use Flash instead of something else.

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