Tips and Considerations for Flash Design
At the 3 Magic Beans, we pride ourselves on telling stories through our designs here in Denver, CO. A very important piece of storytelling online is the electronic medium used to get that story across. One of the most popular mediums these days is Flash which can provide an excellent opportunity to create the optimum experience for the end client when used correctly. In this post, we’ve researched some quality references on considerations for Flash usage.
For the best recommendations on when and how to use Flash, I immediately go to the source, Adobe, for their thoughts. They do have a vested interest however and are not the only source of quality recommendations. “Using text and text equivalents – Flash designers and developers can create engaging and exciting content for users of screen readers and other assistive technologies.” So it’s important not to keep all users in mind.
“Flash is ideal for developing rich, eye-catching content, such as skyscraper adverts, banner ads, and promotions. Use Flash sparingly for when it offers an advantage over other media. If you can achieve the same results with an animated GIF or style sheets, then use them and save the Flash for another section.”
The Nielson Norman Group has set out to create the end all discussion report in their Suggested usability Guidelines for Flash. This report is based on usability research with 46 different Web-based applications in Flash that were tested with users in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Great resource. Continue reading →