I felt there was one voice we still hadn't heard from, that of the people in the industry who actually have shaped Flash in the last 10+ years and those who will shape the future. Those who make the work.

An interesting article from Rob Ford over on thefwa from November of last year where industry leaders were asked for their opinions about Adobe's decision to discontinue support for Flash on mobile devices. This may seem like a small thing to many, but for those of us who have been working with digital and interactive mediums for the last decade or so it is a pretty big shift in perspective. Flash, in many ways, helped shape the Web that we know today and provided for a level of creativity that was difficult to match with other tools (and in many ways still is). It is understandable that this news has brought with it so much intense debate, and I believe that we will look back on this period of time as one of those defining moments in the history of the Web -- a next step in evolution.

For now, I think that Flash will move from being a primary Web creation tool to a niche product that is used in on-line gaming, video, and desktop applications. It still has its place, and likely will for some time.

Nevertheless, the Web changes daily, and it only makes sense that the tools we use change as well. There is one key theme in the article that I think is worth repeating -- things that any designer working in this space should remember:

The best digital experiences transcend technology. There will always be new tools, and a constant need to adapt to an ever-changing market.

Great advice.

AuthorJoshua David
CategoriesWeb Design