The noughties have been a good to the world of the web. Open standards and a philosophy of interoperability have led to widespread adoption of several languages which offer power without proprietary limits.
But some brands are still holding out with good old Adobe Flash. Take a look at the following for examples:
Without care, you can easily end up cheapening your brand with over the top visuals. For such luxurious brands, Flash can end up making a really poor impression. It’s time these brands and their agencies realise that you can now achieve the same brand experience results using other forms of technology.
Flash in the pan
There are currently 200 million Apple devices in the field running iOS – a system notorious for turning it’s back on Flash without remorse. That’s 200m iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches for which your Flash website, no matter how immaculately designed simply won’t show up.
Brands would have to be out of their minds to deny this audience the opportunity to view the site, especially given the broad and affluent demographic of those who own such devices.
Anything is possible
HTML 5 in particular is becoming more and more powerful, with some even mooting it as a viable replacement for closed apps such as those available on iOS.
Google, Apple and Facebook are all pushing this technology strongly with various agendas, resulting in neat demonstrations like the following:
(Find more at http://www.chromeexperiments.com/webgl)
These “industry leading” brands need to realise that times are changing and the benefits aren’t just from being visible across more devices. Indeed, avoiding Flash also helps with SEO and greater flexibility when making changes and amendments to push their site and sales forward.
I’m proud to say that I’m with Steve Jobs on this one. I haven’t implemented Flash in client websites for the last year and we certainly won’t be changing that going forward. If anyone can think of any reasons to think differently, do chip in.