Category: Flash

Originally owned by Macromedia, this is now an Adobe Product. It creates streaming, interactive media. It includes ActionScript, a scripting language modeled after JavaScript, and can assimilate data dynamically through user input, server-side databases, and xml.

E-Courseware: Biology for Engineers (University of Washington)

Click below to take the award-winning course, Biological Information Handling: Essentials for EngineersThis award-winning online learning module was created by an interdisciplinary team at University of Washington. Built in Flash, the interactive course teaches graduate engineering students learn about molecular biology through the use of:

  • Interactive graphics
  • Audio narration
  • Video content
  • Drag-and-drop exercises
  • Multiple-choice exams (with built-in remediation)
  • Dynamic placeholders that allow learning to span multiple sessions
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Flash Kiosk: Seattle Museum of Flight

Flash kiosk at the Museum of Flight. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Flash kiosk at the Museum of Flight. Click for larger, uncropped version.

When Seattle’s Museum of Flight set out to install their International Space Station (ISS) exhibit, they hired me to design and develop the Flash content delivery system for an interactive, touch-screen kiosk. Read more

Flash Banners: Microsoft Windows Live®

Flash Banner "Grand Theft Auto IV"Microsoft has hired me for several 6- to 12-month contracts working on content for Xbox® and Windows Live.® Creating banners in Flash presents several challenges that I enjoy: incorporating good design, keeping the file size low for optimum delivery speed, and ensuring that all motion happens smoothly. Working in Microsoft’s FUSE Design Group, I was given considerable latitude executing these 3 banners. Read more

Flash Banners: Amazon Kindle Fire HD®

Kindle Fire HD®I was on assignment to an agency tasked with creating Flash banners for the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire HD. My job was to have the banners finalized for release in a couple of days. Meanwhile, Amazon was still reviewing and changing the designs daily. There was no time to use Flash’s traditional timeline-based approach—instead, I programmed all motion and timing modularly, using Adobe Flash ActionScript. Read more

Instructional Design: Digital Audio Presentation

Screen shot from a presentation about digital audio

Screen shot from a presentation about digital audio

“Marc, your Digital Audio Presentation is phenomenal—you take a highly technical subject and make it understandable to a broad audience. I appreciate your excellent sense of organization, the use of interactive graphics, and your wonderful sense of humor. Thanks for being a regular presenter at our annual nature-recording workshop.”
  —Martyn Stewart, naturesound.org

Digital audio is a topic fraught with mystery, misconceptions, and misused terminology. Because I enjoy the challenge of making abstract concepts intelligible to non-techies, I created a presentation on this subject which I’ve been invited to deliver numerous times. One element of the presentation is the interactive Klezmer Frog Band that allows the user to play sound engineer to a band of amphibian musicians. Read more

Audio Loops

Screenshot of the Adobe Audition audio editor interface.

Sound loops are typically lighweight audio files that repeat seamlessly to provide a background effect. Creating them poses several challenges:

  • Short loops become monotonous, while long loops take too much time to download
  • Loops should reinforce the message, not distract from it
  • A good loop will have a smooth transition as it repeats Read more

Flash: Nancy Drew Game Browser

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Nancy Drew Game Browser for Her Interactive®. Click to see the interactive Flash module in context.

I was given a storyboard and assets, including PSD and video clips. The task was to create a scrollable, interactive game browser with e-commerce links so that viewers could browse the Nancy Drew games by HerInteractive, watch a video preview of each game, and go to the order page. Read more