New Masters of Flash 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jim Paterson is a lecturer in computing at Glasgow Caledonian University in the U.K. He specializes in web development and object-oriented software, and has a particular interest in using new tools in a teaching context. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Glasgow University, and worked previously as a research physicist and as a software engineer.
Brendan Dawes is creative director with interactive agency magneticNorth, based in the U.K. His portfolio of work includes projects for Disney, Golden Wonder, Benetton, Club 18-30, Volvic, Fox Kids, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola Schweppes, and Channel 4. As well as commercial work, Bren also has personal projects including BrendanDawes.com, the highly acclaimed Saul Bass website, and its quirky offshoot, Psycho Studio, an application built entirely in Flash that allows you to edit your own version of the Psycho shower scene! Over the years, Brendan's work has been featured in many industry publications, including Cre@te Online, Graphics International, and Creative Review, and he has received various awards, including Shockwave Site of the Day three times, a nomination in the New York Flashforward Film Festival, and a nomination in the 2001 Webby Awards in San Francisco. He also writes Dreamweaver extensions and wrote the official QuickTime extension in conjunction with Apple and Macromedia. Bren is heavily involved with product development at Macromedia in San Francisco as part of the alpha and beta testing teams for many of their products. Before becoming an interactive designer, Brendan dabbled in the music industry, landing a record contract with Liverpool dance label 3 Beat Music. Before that, he worked as a photographer for national newspapers in the U.K. Both disciplines have helped him understand sound design and visual composition in interactive design. He's a regular speaker at design seminars across the world, including Flashforward in New York and San Francisco, Macromedia Web World in Seattle, Internet World in Los Angeles, and the New Media Age Congress in London. He was a co-author of the groundbreaking first volume of New Masters of Flash from friends of ED, and in 2001, he published his first solo book for New Riders, Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag, Slide, Fade. Brendan's work has also appeared in a book by Californian design house Juxt Interactive as one of the 10 featured creatives.
- Publisher : friendsofED; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 550 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590592093
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590592090
- Item Weight : 4.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,552,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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overall, this is a good resource to A) keep on the coffee table for a flash geek dinner party B) consult for design ideas C) as a last resort, consult to adapt actionscript examples provided on the CD
if youre looking for more detailed actionscript resources, youll have to wait til more books, such as foundation actionscript, are released.
You've probably already seen the designs, but this is still inspiring. If you need more pure design inspiration, this may not exactly be what you are looking for. But I love that it isn't afraid to launch into the mathematics behind these designs, it does assume that you know a few things, and I think it's an excellent book in a void of solid Flash reference.
If you fully understand all the techniques employed in this you're ahead of the game, but if you were to work through all of this, using your own creative vision, you'd certainly feel more like a power user. It's certainly not going to hurt in the pursuit of your Flash muse.
This book does expect you to know more than just your tweens, which is good. Many of the topics in this book can't be found in any other books. The designers even do a decent job showing you how to re-create their designs (although little concept and reasoning is applied to their actions).
The problem with the book is the tutorials are specific to the design created. This is probably the same reason advanced Flash books are not published. There are no generalized tutorials. If you are lucky enough to pull pieces from the designs and use them within your own , great.
As far as the designs themselves, they are inspiring, but you can view them on the web for free. By going to the designers web sites you can view their protfolios and see their work. Of course, they won't provide the tutorials.
This is a nice book to get ideas from, I just wish it had more instruction and reference material.