This handwritten digital clock
November 1, 2002 10:19 PM   Subscribe

This handwritten digital clock is the best use of flash I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever.
posted by sklero (31 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Previous thread about Yugpop, also mentions the industrious clock.
posted by riffola at 10:23 PM on November 1, 2002

that thing is still ticking?
posted by dopamine at 10:28 PM on November 1, 2002

Damn. Didn't think to search for Yugpop. I'd never seen it.
posted by sklero at 10:49 PM on November 1, 2002

Cool. It's oddly hypnotic waiting for the next minute digit to come around.
posted by hippugeek at 10:51 PM on November 1, 2002

It's not flash, but you might be interested in human clock as well.
posted by bobo123 at 11:10 PM on November 1, 2002

A touch disheartening after sitting at the computer all day churning out flash code to see some people think that's the best flash gets. Check out sites like 2advanced studios, praystation, droppod , futurefarmers, neostream, one9ine and dform1, for some of the best use of flash seen lately. If you hope that one day the web can be beautifully designed and not just ninety nine percent banality on the layout front, designiskinky gives plenty of links daily to see what the online design world is up to.
posted by randomblondeboy at 11:35 PM on November 1, 2002

I've been to praystation a bunch before. I've been to a bunch of the other links at least once before. I just took a look at 2advanced studios and droppod. Industorious clock is better. It has a sense of humor about itself, and it doesn't hide behind cliched design conventions that ironically (but not in the good industorious clock appreciation of the ironic) manage to defy usable conventions of navigation. I don't know it's the best Flash has to offer. I'm actually pretty keen on saltfreak these days. Still, the clock is better than a lot of what flash has to offer.
posted by willnot at 11:54 PM on November 1, 2002

randomblondeboy: thank you prolifically and melliflously.
posted by hama7 at 11:59 PM on November 1, 2002

As much as Josh Davis is a nice guy and a charismatic speaker . . .

I can think of a lot more interesting uses of flash.


Don't forget the grandfather of link sites: Kaliber10000!

The hand writing clock still just tells time, right?
posted by cinderful at 12:27 AM on November 2, 2002

It just keeps getting better! Nice work, cinderful.
posted by hama7 at 1:11 AM on November 2, 2002

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not about those sites.

2advancedstudios is an exercise in extreme overkill with everything thrown in but the kitchen sink, including incessant, depressing music. Praystation is a bad frames site, except done in Flash. Dropped, from what I can tell, is one page consisting of an animation that is cool for 5ive seconds. Futurefarmers is slick, but has dead links and pages built on a 19" monitor (or bigger) that are too big for my little 17 incher. Neostream I think is great. One9ine made my eyes hurt with the faster-than-MTV edits and more depressing music. Dform1 is cool, but I have serious reservations about whether one could actually navigate that site using that interface if one really had to find something.

You're pulling my leg about these sites, aren't you...?
posted by wsg at 1:48 AM on November 2, 2002

Triple post! Nah, check out other great clocks in this thread too. :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:58 AM on November 2, 2002

bobo123- Love that human clock, it's so... human.
posted by gametone at 4:31 AM on November 2, 2002

If I visit one more site that automatically maximizes my browser window, I'm going to scream! That seems to be a pretty fundamental design no-no, so why are designers still doing it? Of course, if they were really concerned with what is considered to be "right design" those sites wouldn't even exist. For the most part, they are hard to navigate and do not give the user any sense of the purpose of the site.
posted by john1800 at 4:52 AM on November 2, 2002

randomblondeboy: you may be coding flash all day, and looking at slick, cutting-edge websites, but the handwritten clock achieves something more than that; it's simplicity and rough edges support a strong idea. So strong in fact that you might compare it to early experiments in film or graphic design languages.
posted by mook at 5:03 AM on November 2, 2002

randomblondeboy, you got a velvet mouth.
posted by yerfatma at 5:26 AM on November 2, 2002

elegance. the clock is elegant. not cluttered, over-complex, and over-produced. in uk english at least, "flash" is pejorative - those "design" sites are flash sites.
posted by andrew cooke at 5:29 AM on November 2, 2002

Damn. Didn't think to search for... I'd never seen it.

Metafilter defined.
posted by Mo Nickels at 5:50 AM on November 2, 2002

I've never seen Yugpop either.
posted by mook at 6:22 AM on November 2, 2002

Someone notify us when they're finished with 2advanced... with the number of debug.print()'s on the loading, it must still be under construction. Where's the little yellow workman graphic?
posted by TuffAustin at 6:36 AM on November 2, 2002

I am enjoying this post and its links. Has anyone thought of
posted by ParisParamus at 6:53 AM on November 2, 2002

Dogpile on 2advanced!

It loaded fine for me, no errors (using IE 5.5), but menus that take more than 20 seconds to load, over a DSL line at that, are just too painful. This is a powerful argument against Flash, not for it. Give me simple, fast, and useable over pretty, any day.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 6:58 AM on November 2, 2002

Paris - have you seen Flazoom. 'Bout as close to flashfilter as I've seen. K10K mentioned above in the thread also sort of fills that roll.
posted by willnot at 9:37 AM on November 2, 2002

Ever see a Flash Nuclear Power Plant?
posted by ae4rv at 9:38 AM on November 2, 2002

That guy's hand has got to be really tired by now.
posted by Ron at 10:28 AM on November 2, 2002

Oh, and don't forget the glorious EmoGame.
(Might not make much sense to non-indie-music dorks)
posted by cinderful at 11:32 AM on November 2, 2002

Paris, along with some of the other sites mentioned, check out the usual portals for this kind of stuff. Places like Cool Homepages let you search by category, and there are a myriad of sites like surfstation, linkdup, and pixelsurgeon, who all post links to great stuff on the web.
posted by mikhail at 12:06 PM on November 2, 2002

While we're talking about fun Flash stuff, look at Climb the Plantation. It is the strangest Flash game I have seen. I'm not even sure it's a game.
posted by ae4rv at 1:15 PM on November 2, 2002

ae4rv: What the blazes is that about!?

Sites that use flash as a design or navigational tool should be shot at birth. It's unnecessary, and usually makes the site overly confusing and hard to navigate. I liked the clock though. That's the sort of thing flash should be used for!
posted by salmacis at 4:05 PM on November 2, 2002

ae4rv: What the blazes is that about!?

I said it was strange!
posted by ae4rv at 6:49 PM on November 2, 2002

You're pulling my leg about these sites, aren't you...?
Who are you - Jakob?

randomblondeboy, you got a velvet mouth.
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