Internet Joy [Doodles & Flash Design Delights]

by Mr Bill 5 replies
Back when I first started building websites by hand (I didn't know about WYSIWYG until after coffee cup) I was fascinated by flash designs and that whole side of the internet. One of my first websites I built was called "Unit 2 - Gallery Of Web Design" and I put a lot of effort into building (what I thought at the time was) a really cool website.

I would spend hours clicking on all the links in flash web design contests to see the latest and amazing ways people could make my browser dance. I can remember being amazed many times and occasional moved. Some of those designs were stunning and I know flash is "bad" for SEO but I sure am glad for it anyway.

I'm sure you all caught yesterday's Google doodle with the digital puppetry celebrating Jim Hensen (you tube it) but I spent a lot of time playing with it and being amused and delighted at the doodles features (not all are immediately apparent).

Another one of Google's all time greatest doodle was Les Paul's 96th Birthday doodle. I got the surprise of the year when my mouse accidentally moved across it and the strings strummed! Apparently there are keyboard combinations that played chords and everything.

Les Paul's 96th Birthday


I also remember once I was at a website years ago that had a cool little flash logo that when I waved my mouse over it made a bleep bleep sound. I loved it and would actually go back and visit it just to play with the bleeping logo. This must have stick-ability interest because I'm sure it taps into the fun side of life and we all need a bit of that while we push our way through this IM jungle.

When visiting these flash sites it's best to click F11 (windows) to set your browser to full screen. Here's a few to get started...

Some say Mono*crafts is where "it" all started. This is an amazing site and if you want to relax for a while go to...

MONO*crafts.

http://yugop.com/ver2/


One that was stunning back in 2002 and still exists is David Garry Studios site (tip: click on everything!).

DGS 2010

DGS 2010

Just do a search for Amazing/incredible/awards Flash Design...etc You'll find heaps of sites to take your mind off work for a break.

So I wanted to start a thread devoted to the cooler side of the net. It was back in 1996 when I built the Gallery Of Web Design (now only exists at the Way Back Machine) so I can't imagine what those flash designers have been up to.

If you know of any really good ones let's see if we can build a gallery devoted a little to the joy of the internet.
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  • The Full Throttle Design is Stunning - but I found it unclear how to navigate -

    It could cause viewers to give up trying to actually access the website, which is the opposite of it's purpose...

    However, they are all terrific examples of flash design...
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    I love these kind of sites. They keep me amused for hours. Not very productive I suppose, but hey
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      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      The Full Throttle Design is Stunning - but actually I found it unclear to navigate -

      It could cause viewers to give up trying to actually access the website, which is the opposite of it's purpose...

      However, they are all terrific examples of flash design...
      Basically just click everywhere until you've gone through the effects. The amazing thing about David's site is that it was built on Flash 2/3 and back in a time when most of us where using 33.6k modems (I wished for a 56kb). The DG site is designed just to showcase his skills I think.

      Originally Posted by Charlotte Jay View Post

      I love these kind of sites. They keep me amused for hours. Not very productive I suppose, but hey
      Yeah, just for fun and to relax and be amused.

      Here's another one...

      Get the Glass!

      Get the Glass!

      Go The Idatchis!
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  • Bill -
    "Get the Glass!" is nothing short of amazing...(How much money do those "Got Milk" guys spend?)

    thanks for the lead - now if we could just find a cheap software that can do this stuff...
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