|ISSUE 22||June 2001 | updated 10/30/01|
Masters of Flash
going to love it or hate it
If you want a straightforward, comprehensive book of techniques and tutorials, look elsewhere. If you like the idea of learning about the people and ideas behind about 20 Flash-intensive websites, keep reading.
New Masters of Flash is exactly what it claims to be:
Of the two, I found the essays to be the most interesting. Tutorials and how-tos are a dime a dozen. Understanding why a designer works in a particular style, who/what inspires his or her design, and what his/her goals were for a site are much harder to come by, unless you sit around and talk with other designers. That's the feel of the essays and the interview videos included on the CD-ROM.
Authors were asked to explain their own design approach,
with answers ranging from the intriguing:
to the obvious:
They mention a similar wide range of influences, from David Carson, videogames, and movie title sequences to musicians and artists of all genres.
Buy or not?
My rule of thumb when buying software books is that if I learn one good technique that I never could figure out before, it's probably worth it (think about how much it would cost to hire a free-lancer or consultant to teach you the technique).
In the case of New Masters of Flash it's like hanging out with some pretty interesting Flash hotshots, shooting the breeze and trading favorite tips.
Ivo van der Grift
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