Occasionally I visit theFWA.com or the “favorite website award” site. The site basically highlights a different Flash website that is innovative and/or well designed everyday. I’m sure just about every web designer dreams of their site being featured. I think of winning a FWA as the big parade they use to give to people like Amelia Earhart for crossing the Atlantic. It’s a big deal but then again it’s not (the parade analogy might be a bit over the top, but everyone likes to be recognized for good work), and often they just feature the same boring big budget crap for nike or some car company.
Anyway, I was on the site the other day and thought I’d see if there were any good interviews or articles. I think their interviews consist of a list of questions they email different winners, because all the interview questions are the same from designer to designer. One of the questions is “Do you think Flash is here to stay?” All the responses I’ve ever read are something to the tune of “flash rocks and it’ll never die! Viva la Flash!!!” and with Flash as widely spread as it is why not think that.
I’ve often thought about what my responces to their questions would be, and until recently my response to that question would have been something quite similar, but the other day as I was reading the interview I actually thought “maybe not”. What’s changed my opinion is the iPhone. Nine months ago I thought the entire web should be created using flash, but recently I started a project and I debated whether flash was really the tool for the job. There’s nothing more annoying than being somewhere and wanting information or wanting to watch an embedded video clip only to get that crappy broken lego “plugin missing” icon. Fo now I usually create two sites or alternate content that displays if the user doesn’t have flash. At least that way they can have contact information or links to crucial non-flash parts of a site. Eventually the iPhone or other mobile computing devices will be more powerful and able to handle the processing power that flash requires, but if flash starts to go the way of the Green Sea Turtle you can blame Apple.