SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: Flash as a superior ui tech
RE: SIGIA-L: Flash as a superior ui technology
From: Erik Larson (elarson_at_macromedia.com)
Date: Fri Feb 16 2001 - 12:16:25 EST
The circles thing raises an interesting question: how often do we focus on
blatant errors when evaluating other's work at the expense of evaluating the
benefits of their work? Particularly when it comes to complex constructs
like data-driven web user interfaces, where we all have lots to learn?
The circles are odd, I agree. However, letting that block an exploration of
the architecture and UI of the site is kinda like claiming that an NBA
all-star isn't worth watching to learn some new moves because they have an
ugly wart on their nose. It might be distracting, but it certainly doesn't
halt a professional from evaluating the functionality of a site. And it
definitely doesn't distract from a synthesis of what that functionality
implies for future sites we may build, hopefully without non-functional
irritants like those ghost spots.
If I'm mis-reading your last sentence, I apologize in advance...
From: Fred Leise [mailto:leise_at_argus-inc.com]
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 7:54 AM
To: Erik Larson; SIGIA (E-mail)
Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: Flash as a superior ui technology
I tried the site you indicated. So I'm trying to read the text of the news
items and what draws my eye instead? Floating circles that move from upper
left to lower right of the screen. We know that our eyes are automatically
attracted to motion, so it's most difficult trying to read the stories while
not being distracted by the moving circles. To me it's an good example of
not considering basic mind functions and using the capabilities of the
program just because it exists. It would have been much cleaner to just kill
those floating circles. I'm not making any evaluation of the use of Flash in
any other way on the site.
Fred Leise, Information Architect: leise_at_argus-inc.com
Defining Information Architecture
----- Original Message -----
From: Erik Larson <elarson_at_macromedia.com>
To: SIGIA (E-mail) <sigia-l_at_asis.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2001 9:49 PM
Subject: SIGIA-L: Flash as a superior ui technology
> My current favorite usable Flash site/application is:
> Log-in as a guest (no personal info exchange necessary) and see what you
> think. In particular, click on the news stories (all dynamically served
> from a database to Flash) and check out the Flash-driven message boards.
> The site downloads faster than an equivalent HTML site, and in my opinion
> more usable than most as well. NOTE: I think you will need the Flash 5
> player, if you don't have it already.
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