When frustrated by tweens, layers, buttons and action script, it helps to look toward the end goal. Which, if your project isn’t working, is often hard to do. It’s when facing the all nighter in the computer lab, that I try to think about all the amazing things I would one day like to be able to do with Flash. Although there are countless uses for Flash projects, being a former newspaper page designer, I gravitate to interactive graphics.

Here are a few of the examples I found:

Here’s a real-world use of the moving timeline and buttons we worked on in class.

NY Times timeline on Olympic Torches over the years

Great reconstruction of place landing on Hudson. This example merges photos of plane and passengers with map graphic that rotates in 3D space.

NY Times reconstruction of Hudson River landing

Want to know where not to park in NY City? This map has buttons that toggle on and off to show areas where the most parking tickets occurred.

NY Times parking ticket map

Another timeline with buttons and sliding images displays Civil War details.

Washington Post Civil War Timeline