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Having spent several years creating online Flash advertising, I’m well versed in Flash animation. During its hey day it took over the web and could rarely be avoided on a stroll through the internet. Now that HTML5 can use elements and scripts to recreate many of the wonders that Flash once provided Adobe has announced that the SWF will be forever gone as soon as 2020 rolls around.

Goodbye, my friend.

Read Flash and the Future of Interactive Content

It’s funny how much we naturally want to assimilate. Blame your subconscious if you want, but deep down in the back of your mind you want to be just like everybody else. Designers are supposed to innovate and come up with creative solutions but still fulfill that need to be accepted. Which is part of the reason that every website looks the same, and that’s ok. Website design is moving in a direction that is more homogenous but the end user is the one that reaps the rewards.

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Grantland has a great article on the toils and troubles of Kit Harrington in keeping secrets during a digital age. It’s not easy being a heartthrob with a massive following who has to pretend his character from Game of Thrones is dead while parading around the same area where filming takes place. It’s exhausting, I’m sure. Well, the jig is up according to an interview with the Belgian magazine Humo and the GoT Truthers are vindicated.

More importantly, we can all go back to saying ‘Jaaahn Snuuuuww’ every time he appears in the next season. A new reason to celebrate Sundays after the football season has ended, thank you HBO.

Photo illustration by Crustulum

One of the biggest obstacles I have found in designing logos is overcoming the theory that everyone and their mother should like a logo. If you are creating a mark for a new streaming music service that targets hipsters do you really want your mom to like the logo as much as you do? The design by committee approach has derailed many a design over the course of history, but it’s always interesting to see the process unfold even with a big brand. (more…)