Is a Flash-intro to a personal portfolio stillgood/relevant?
21 May 2008 - 11:56am
If I'm hiring someone who needs to have Flash experience and will work
in Flash environments, that Flash intro has made the difference, but I
evaluate it at the same level as the rest of their portfolio: 1) it's
theirs and 2) it's reflective of their knowledge of Flash (be it
development, interaction, or visual design - whatever appropriate to the
If I'm hiring someone who doesn't need that experience, I'm still super
critical of it - often I find someone has grabbed it from someplace,
edited to their needs; but doesn't have the technical prowess to
actually make that intro reflect the IxD or IA or Visual Design I'm
hiring for. So that's a big negative when the Flash is there for "look,
you are hiring for someone who deeply understands interaction, but the
working bits of my portfolio do not reflect any of my knowledge."
I've hired two folks that had Flash intros (yes, I remember both) - both
theirs, rock solid, and reflected their knowledge in what I was hiring
for...the work SUPPORTED their portfolio. I've discard 100s of
portfolios because the Flash work made me worry about whether they had
the knowledge needed for what I was hiring for...the work UNDERMINED
their portfolio...you know the butterfly that comes across with some
clever inspirational quote and then proceeds to take 120 seconds to load
20x20 thumbnails bouncing across the screen that you then have to do
some non standard behavior to open and then they terminate as unreadable
60x60 images in new windows.
Let's assume that you've done the proper work to provide a "Skip
Intro" button. Let's further assume that you've done at least the
minimum to make your content accessible to people without the Flash
The question I ask, then, is: does having a Flash intro to a personal
site, which may include one's portfolio or resume, make sense in
today's job market and design environment? Or does this brand the
designer as someone stuck in the last decade?
As usual, I suspect the answer is "it depends"; what I'm really
interested in is exploring issues around how we present ourselves in
online presences and the Flash-intro or Flash-site is a method I still
see from time to time, though not nearly as much as I used to.