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50 Beautiful Flash Websites


Flash enabled designers and developers to deliver rich content over the browsers, creating motion, interactivity and an impressive visual experience. Good Flash-sites do not require too much bandwidth, load fast and allow for a smooth interaction; besides, beautiful Flash-based sites are Photoshop masterpieces, transporting some kind of reality and fantasy to the Flash movie.

In the showcase below we present 50 colorful, creative, interactive and beautiful Flash-based web-sites. Hopefully they will serve you as an inspiration for your future works or just entertain you on a lousy, boring Sunday.

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Drinks Sites Link

Martini Asti3
This Martini site is a nice example of giving a fresh image of a drink. The navigation is made simple, the graphics have superior quality, it loads fast and runs smoothly. What else does a Flash site need? Note due to the law on alcoholic drinks, you need to enter an e-mail address, a password of your choice and accept their terms.

Martini Asti4

Glacéau – Vitaminwater5
The vitamin water site is full of motion and small details like the top menu, with a colored wave effect, the mouse movement, the masks effects and swirls which make it great.

Glacéau - Vitaminwater6

Bacardi – Original Mojito (currently offline)
The motion graphics and the water effects in slow motion give a unique style to this site. A fresh site, with a colored menu with a drag option, makes it functional and simple. Note: due to the law on alcoholic drinks, you need to enter an e-mail address, a password of your choice and accept their terms.

Bacardi - Original Mojito

Portfolios Link

v5 Design7
Beautiful landscape with some nice details such us the sun and butterflies. The old paper effect when opening from the menu, and the mask effect over the green plants give it a special touch.

v5 Design

The Sensisoft site offers a nice interaction for users. The vortex effect while changing from path, the motion graphics in the background, the high quality and details of the graphics make it a great design agency site.


Mauricio Guimarães Portfolio
Mauricio portfolio is a good example of creativity. Instead of the ordinary menu, he uses a kind of parallax movieclip, where the user must interact with the stage to explore the site.

Mauricio Guimarães Portfolio

Colorchakra – Portfolio of Srinath Rangamani10
A colored background with high quality graphics.

Colorchakra - Portfolio of Srinath Rangamani11

Magnivate Interactive Boutique Agency
A nice animated site. One particular feature on this site is that you need to set a character to explore the site.

Magnivate Interactive Boutique Agency

e-Content Solutions
This studio portfolio starts with a nice and unusual preloader, a kind of puzzle which interacts on mouse rollover. Another kind of interaction is user’s ability to explode the balloons.

e-Content Solutions

Ari´s Labs. The Digital Home of Graphic Designer Ari Hirvonen12
The high quality of motion graphics, conception and the functional layout makes this site a good example of what a Flash portfolio should look like.

Ari´s Labs. The Digital Home of Graphic Designer Ari Hirvonen13

Edwin Murat Ganter Portfolio14
A simple and creative layout. Not common, but still practical and easy to use.

Edwin Murat Ganter Portfolio15

Color effects and 3D layout on this site are remarkable. However, it could be improved with some motion graphics and page transition effects.


Infinit Colours18
This site gives the user the option to change the background between beautiful high quality designs. The menu is also a creative alternative to deliver some interactivity.

Infographiste indépendant19

Infographiste Indépendant20
Another creative portfolio, full of interactivity and motion graphics. The background image is great.

Infographiste indépendant21

A great Generative Art example which requires the user to interact with the stage.

Sonacom, agence de création avec 5 studios d'enregistrement et 1 plateau de tournage TV intégrés. 23

On this site you can use the character to move along. The graphic element is great and the concept it unusual.


A great creative portfolio, using an unusual layout.


Agence Secondlife
At a first glance this site needs the user to interact with it in order to move forward. Rather than the graphics quality, this site creates a 3D globe, full of color which is a creative option to move around the site.

Agence Secondlife

Digaworks Corporation28

Digaworks Corporation29

Zign Marketing Digital30

Zign Marketing Digital31



Elipse Agency34

Elipse Agency35

Matt Wiggins Portfolio36

Matt Wiggins37

Lilia Planet38

Lilia Planet39



Insurance Link

Privado Seguros (currently offline)
The Privado Seguros site has wonderful graphics, with many rich details. A good example to get inspired from.

Privado Seguros

Let Your Worries Go
Another parallax site, with beautiful graphics, with funny interactions like dragging the characters – each of them represents one specific topic.

Let Your Worries Go

Projects Link

Sometimes designers and developers create awesome works, but these works never go online, because the client hasn’t chosen them. The following projects are great examples which will inspire you for sure on your future projects.

Imagine Air – Flash Site School project

Imagine Air - Flash Site School project

Project: Coca-Cola Light – Tastes of the World

roject: Coca-Cola Light - Tastes of the World

Saizenmedia – Keepersgame42

Saizenmedia - Keepersgame43

On Toyota’s mind44

On Toyota’s mind45

Get the Glass46
This site is a 3D board game, with animated characters, full of action. The graphics, animations, concept are all awesome.

Get the Glass47


A Playstation game related, this site offers a nice navigation through the site, and has cool details like the tv and cinema camera. The graphics are another great aspect of this site.


Leven Thumps50

Leven Thumps51

Commercial Link

A nice colored design, with motion graphics and integrated video content.


Nokia Trends Lab54
This site is full of color which changes depending on the path the user has chosen. You can see some great details like the video images in the bubbles. Motion, multimedia content and color define this site.

Nokia Trends Lab55

Hewlett-Packard – Wake up your feelings with the power of touch56
Another site with great graphics and an extraordinary concept. The navigation is just remarkable. A good place to get inspired.

Hewlett-Packard - Wake up your feelings with the power of touch57

Theologos House of Jewellery58
The simplicity of the site navigation and the beauty of flowers are hard to overlook.

Theologos House of Jewellery59

Real Casual
Another site with great graphics and a nice concept.

Real Casual



A simple site, with great details, like the light at the left, the sea and the castle at the right.


White Gold64
Do you like music? And interact with a movie-clip? Well, here you are able to have both. Great graphics, and the video integration is impressive.

White Gold65


Another nice and interactive interface example.

Pantagonia 67

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM68
The graphics are exceptional, and the continuous movement between scenes is great.

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM69

A simple layout with quality graphics and great transitions.


Häagen-Dazs – Help the Honey Bees
Another example of a great user interactivity, with great graphics.

Häagen-Dazs - Help the Honey Bees

Got Milk?72

Got Milk? 73

Environment Link

GE | Plug Into the Smart Grid74
Maybe the majority of you have heard about this site, and even visited it due to the Augment Reality feature. But I still wanted to feature it, due to the high quality of the graphics, concept and design.

GE | Plug Into the Smart Grid 75

DirectGov – Act On CO2 Calculator76
Another environment-related site, with an educational and informational purpose. You will find nice graphics, continuous motion and an easy navigation. A good example of delivering global topics.

DirectGov - Act On CO2 Calculator77WWF Brasil

WWF Brasil

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Carlos is a geek, flash addicted and is the founder of The Tech Labs, a site that regularly publishes Flash Tutorials, Flex Tutorials and AIR Tutorials. You can also follow him on Twitter.

  1. 1

    Some awesome sites there… great article!

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    Bharath Mandava

    June 7, 2009 2:29 am

    very useful article and i’ll bookmark it

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    Interesting & Inspiring Collection

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    Flash is great, but AJAX is much more useful for the web.

  5. 5

    I’ve found one very interesting – from Poland:
    About an animated film.

  6. 6

    I don’t like Flash sites.

    • 7

      Why you comment negatively. if you do not like, he is human and give positively you must encourage or keep silent …

  7. 8

    I used to design a lot with Flash, but these days I use CSS/XHTML for just about every website, much like many others are. But lets put that aside… as an end-user, I have no patience for these sites anymore.

    While I can appreciate the beauty of these Flash sites, and know first hand the work that has gone into them – the internet has changed a lot over the past few years – collectively we don’t want to wait 60+ seconds to load the site, then have to click on the random symbols for a menu, wait for more stuff to load / animations.

    Flash – still awesome, you guys picked out some nice looking sites here that I haven’t ever seen. Great idea for a followup post should be sites that demonstrate strong usability in Flash!

  8. 9

    I only like Flash websites if they don’t take an age to load.

  9. 10

    Thanks Carlos, I did lot of work in flash and i must say that I’m not a great fan of flash stuff but you got quite a appreciated collection here. Now days i usually prefer CSS/XHTML for my most of the projects.

    DKumar M.

  10. 11

    I must say, how do you collect these sites! Damn some amazing stuff! Makes me wanna go and start photoshop/flash/whatever :)

  11. 12

    Whaa, just awesome :P

  12. 13

    i cant give up on Flash. It’s the best i think. you cant do these sites easly that much with the others.
    thanks for the list. i’ll bookmark it too.. :)

  13. 14

    Flash will always be controversial, people will either love it or hate it. Flash is the only way to fully express a design and immerse users in the experience. There are some fine examples here which show some really creative approaches that the usual boring html standard that we are so used to time and time again. The internet would certainly be a boring place without flash, that’s for sure!!

  14. 15

    they are very inspiring,

    thank you for sharing! :)

  15. 16

    Maybe ajax is usable to some extend, but think about al IE6 compatibility issues you are facing developing JS

  16. 17

    I do like flash sites :D btw I guess author really loves Ars Thanea works, they are great indeed!

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    @awsum IE6 compatibility issues have crippled web design for far too long. Which is why the various campaigns to persuade end users to abandon it are gathering momentum. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the anti-Microsoft sentiment per se (I own an Xbox, I use Office), although I will admit to indulging in it once in a while, but it has to be said that when it comes to the Internet, they have consistently done the public at large an enormous disservice. Perhaps that’s why they find themselves less popular than the likes of Google? If you disagree, have a read/think about their dogged insistence on their own bespoke standards at the expense of actual standards, and don’t even get me started on font rendering. As a computer/technology user, I can take or leave Microsoft either way. As a designer, their counter-productive meddling drives me to distraction.

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    Kenneth Younger

    June 7, 2009 5:55 am

    I have always been amazed by what the guys over at come up with.

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    The aim of this Flash showcase article wasn’t to say that Flash is the best platform to create sites, but simply to show some of the great flash works over the Internet.
    However, you mentioned Bookmarking a section as something that a Flash site can’t do, but, you are wrong. Maybe what you are trying to say, is that the majority of flash sites are not SEO optimized as most of their creators forget to include this feature, however you can do it for example using the SWFAddress Actionscript library. That’s why you can see some Flash based CMS appearing. Gaia Framework is another flash tool that let’s you do the same.

    Nevertheless, as i mentioned in my previous comment, pls don’t try to compare Flash with CSS/XHTML.

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    These kind of sites are forcing me to learn flash and AS as soon as possible !!

  21. 22

    Hi All,

    Thank you for your kind comments. Some of you are trying to compare a Flash site with CSS/XHTML, and you can’t. I mean, if you are using Flash to create a CSS/XHTML environment, then you are committing a mistake, on the other hand, you can’t create the interactivity of a Flash site, with CSS/XHTML.

    Flash means, motion, interactivity, and finally free access. Don’t forget that, while you are creating a CSS/XHTML site, you must prepare your project to be able to show properly in the several available browsers (i’m not speaking in IE only), however, with a Flash site, you don’t need to care, as what will be shown in Firefox it will be exactly the same as in IE, Safari or other.

    Now, don’t forget to digg this, and if you know more cool sites just twitte me with it.

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      Hi- In the process of searching for a webdesigner for my personal/business site I came accross this one. I am actually looking from a designer who is familiar with flash which I believe is use to create the web page for a particular company. I am interested in finding out how to create a page that has the same effect as Does anyone know how to create this type of website; thanks in advance for your help.


  22. 24

    damn, some absolutely awesomeness flash sites here, I wish i could do some but have little knowledge about flash

  23. 25

    So inspiring!

  24. 26

    Some cool websites but it is sad to see how many of them suffer from big usability problems. The readability of the majority of the sites is just plain awful. Increase that text size for goodness sake!

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    As a web developer myself, I agree that Flash certainly has its place. It’s great for expressing our creativity and originality, but I also agree that it shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to load. Developers often lose sight of what their users want, and are engulfed in their own imagination. People want content fast, and they want it easy to find. That should be a primary factor when developing flash sites.

    If you are creating a flash site and you know it’s going to take forever to load, you should create an html/css version also (if possible) and let the users decide how they want to get to your content. A great method is to have a ‘skip to static site’ button while the flash one is loading. That way the user can gauge how long the site is going to take to load before they make their decision. I realize that sometimes this can’t be done because of whatever your content is.

    Anyways, great list.

  26. 28

    Bacardi – Original Mojito – Link doesn’t work.

  27. 29

    so cool, so perfect, i looooove them

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    About the Privado Seguros website, they’re doing some rebranding so here’s a permalink to the online version:

  29. 31

    I just don’t have words to explain the beauty of these websites! Pretty awesome post.. Love you SM!!

  30. 32

    wow COOL collection


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