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December 13, 2006

EL405 Why I Like Making Websites Better Than Flash Projects

I wrote this last night while finishing up my Flash portfolio. Needless to say, i was frustrated. I have been informed since then that I could probably incorporate elements of Flash into a webpage and both would work together and make a stunning presentation (now that interests me!). Perhaps I'll try learning more about that another time. Until then, Ten Reasons Why I Like Making Websites Better Than Flash Projects:

10) If I'm going to put my portfolio online, I might as well do it in a medium with which I've become quite comfortable over time--HTML is my friend.

9) The interactivity of the portfolio I'm making in Flash is slowing turning into that of a click-and-read. I'm trying to get creative with the things users can do, but I fear I have fleshed out all possibilities I came up with on my own to no avail. I think I could probably do more with a website...

8) I'm scared to make my Flash presentation too huge. Not only that, but I'm uncertain how to do some things that I wish I understood how to do (or had questions about earlier... like before this weekend). There's probably more that I can do with a website file-wise because I could use a PDF viewer, etc. to display longer documents that I really don't want to paste into Flash.

7) I'm fed up with buttons changing their functions on me without my permission. At least HTML links don't do that without some reason...

6) My photo slideshow stopped working altogether as I worked this evening. It worked from the get-go and now it's kaput. I don't know what happened, and I don't have the patience to play with it since it's not an integral part of the portfolio. (It's seriously ticking me off, though.)

5) Organizing a portfolio as detailed as SHU demands is difficult in Flash. I think my organization would make more sense in the format of a website... and maybe it wouldn't seem so clumpy or thrown together (which is how I think it feels presently, even though I've tried moving things around and shortening things...).

4) Even though my Flash template is attractive, I know that I could definitely be more creative with a stylesheet in CSS for a website. I love stylesheets, and I love CSS. I hate having to define font sizes and colors every time I want to add an element in Flash. Maybe it's impatience right now, but I really would like to be able to just write and add the elements of my project without worrying about miniscule changes.

3) Buttons aren't as effective as links, in my humble opinion. I can get creative with links--and I can even make buttons in HTML... And as I said before, the buttons changing their destinations all-of-a-sudden is getting old...

2) I don't need to use a fancy program to use HTML--I hand code it, folks. (That's the way I learned to do it when I messed around with my blog, and that's the way I prefer to do it.) Sorting through lists of commands in the program trying to find what I need is frustrating: give me good ol' div and span tags plus CSS any day of the week.

1) I like the way I feel when I accomplish something in HTML. I have yet to feel like I've actually accomplished anything in Flash since I'm not impressed with what I've done. I feel like I'm scratching the surface and, considering that I feel so limited as is, it's probably the truth. I find more freedom in website design than in Flash (sadly?). I'm glad that I understand a few basics of the program, but for my portfolio? Well, before I do anything in the spring semester, it'll probably be transferred to a website... maybe I'll insert a small Flash presentation on the website (since I have the skill to create something like that), but it most likely will not be in Flash.

I had high aspirations for this project, and I feel like I've let myself (and everyone else?) down. I slowly let my ideas fall from great to good to okay to acceptable, and I'm not happy about it at all. "Acceptable" is what I have to turn in, even though I really just don't even like my project that much anymore.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at December 13, 2006 4:40 PM


Comments


I like your Flash portfolio. I'm not saying you couldn't make a pretty home for your portfolio using html, but I think it's pretty nice how you have it. Simple, not too flashy (heh), but it's still you.

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at December 15, 2006 1:03 AM


Maybe incorporate the flash portfolio into a larger website project?

Posted by: LeslieRdoriguez at December 20, 2006 12:51 PM


Yeah, Leslie, that's what I might end up doing. When we were in class, I hadn't realized that it was an option (nor do I think I would've had the time to put something nice together), but it's definitely a possibility for the future.

Posted by: Karissa at December 20, 2006 11:23 PM



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