Mike Matas is a User Interface designer for Apple, and just recently put up his personal website that includes some examples of his work, as well as photos and videos from his life. It’s a very nice site, understated, and not really pushing too many boundaries for personal portfolio genre of websites – in a good way.
One pretty big factor for us is practicality. It’s fine for Mike to develop his site in a way that runs fantastically in Apple’s browser Safari – because that’s his audience, but take a look at the site in Internet Explorer and you’ll quickly see what I’m talking about – which is, there’s nothing to see. In a practical sense, many of the techiques utilised by Mike here simply aren’t ready for wide spread use as they aren’t yet compatible, and for us, that’s a big enough reason in itself to hold on to Flash as a tool to use when we do need that type of thing.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a web developer myself, not a flash developer, and I love Mike’s site, and envy that he’s able to ignore IE users and make a site that is at the top of the heap when it comes to advanced technology. I’m also an advocate of the open web, and pushing to drop flash where there is a better, more open solution available. But I’m also a realist, and I’m just trying to give a more realistic perspective of someone that doesn’t quite have the luxury of ignoring a large segment of the market.