Is the morale of your office’s team down due to your boss’ inability to lead? Is he a dick when it comes to managing projects or being reasonable? When that happens, most employees just go to a bar where they can drink to their anger while they tell everybody – usually fellow employees – how much their boss sucks. But now you can make an anonymous video and send it to your boss – with complaints from all the team members, such as the programmer, the webdesigners and the account manager – by way of the Middle Finger Pub, Gringo.nu’s debut website.
This Flash website was developed in around a month and, to me, it’s a fine example of something that we will see a lot more in the future in Flash 8 websites – special effects. Sure, we’ve seen all kinds of crazy tricks done on Flash interfaces, but I believe that right now, due to the new Flash 8 features (specially BitmapData) we’re getting to a state where the question is not whether Flash can do something or not, then use it on the entire navigation concept, but whether if the developer can do it or not (or if he has the time to do it); it’s moving the limits further away from the boundaries of the tool features and more to the limits of the developer knowledge or time spent on visual gimmicks.
In concept, the Middle Finger Pub is a simple website – select some videos, sort them out, preview them, and send them away. However, time has been invested in making some of the interface elements a bit better visually, be it with the pseudo-3d video selection cylinder, or with the animation of placing the video on the list that emulates OSX’s genie effect (which I hope doesn’t make Apple sue us since it’s just a parody).
In the end, the new features in Flash 8 do help a lot in current development – I must have used the BitmapData class for just about everything on that site – but it’s in creating new stuff on something that otherwise could be pretty plain (and still work well) that I think the term special effects fits best; programmatical makeup of sorts, but one that can help on many visual-driven websites.