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Journal Entry April 3rd, 2006

I can understand how many of these flash sites are working up and hyping a site that sucks in its functionality. I will be one of the first to say that I hate when sites use music and crappy sound files as part of their roll overs. I totally agree with the fact that sites that have long loading times can make me completely uninterested in the site. Even though I work from a fast internet connection I hate waiting and those first few second which could be an eternity for people using dial up could be the downfall of the site completely. I agree that functionality must come first and the person must have the freedom to move around as they please with a high level of interactivity. By controling the viewer you can really turn them off to the site especially if they searching for specific information. A majority of people don't want to search more than they need to and the site that gives them more information that gets to them quicker will be the site that the view returns to for the information they are looking for. I can even understand how the use of heavy flash can be a good thing but only in a form of artwork or trying to show off a movie or something similar. Don't get me wrong I like an attractive site to pull me in, which to some level I consider nescessary,but I just don't see the need for it in a business site. To me if flash overwhelms the viewer you will more likely doom your product rather than sell it. I can name off a variety of sites that funtion incredibily and have a large fan base without all the hype of flash.

I agree with a lot of what Josh has to say. Too often we get into patterns where we are just trying to elaborate on something that someone else has done. We get used to his whole commercialism and doing what we think is going to be popular and excepted and too often we are unwilling to experiment. I myself have struggled with this wanting to take risks but wary of how far to go out on a limb. I know that I have looked at digital as a safety way of going about designing sculptures and images but this safety is what keeps you from learning new things. I would have to agree with him about the fact that you really learn most of your original techniques by experimenting rather than playing it safe.

His artwork is very interesting and different. The only thing I have to say is that for a site design it confuses me a little because I don't know what is what and I don't know why I should be clicking on certain things. I understand that it is for the viewer to experiement and look around but come on there really isn't any kind of description of what the piece really is or where I should be looking for something I am interested in. As for some of the work I like Josh works with flash in experiments such as machine 400 and 200 are fun to look at but I really don't get anything from the work. Furthermore, not much of the work interests me or keeps me interested. I like seeing some of the progressions in work like machine 300 and pandoras box but they really don't speak to me. The only one that I would have to say worked off of the chaos and nature of random creation would be machine 1100. Its simple line creation and random music create an interesting composition that thrives on random control and creation.



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