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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 Asti6
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 Asti7

Glacéau – Vitaminwater8
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 - Vitaminwater9

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 Design10
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 Design11

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 Rangamani14
A colored background with high quality graphics.

Colorchakra - Portfolio of Srinath Rangamani15

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 Hirvonen16
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 Hirvonen17

Edwin Murat Ganter Portfolio18
A simple and creative layout. Not common, but still practical and easy to use.

Edwin Murat Ganter Portfolio19

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


Infinit Colours22
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 indépendant23

Infographiste Indépendant24
Another creative portfolio, full of interactivity and motion graphics. The background image is great.

Infographiste indépendant25

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. 27

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 Corporation32

Digaworks Corporation33

Zign Marketing Digital34

Zign Marketing Digital35



Elipse Agency38

Elipse Agency39

Matt Wiggins Portfolio40

Matt Wiggins41

Lilia Planet42

Lilia Planet43



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 – Keepersgame46

Saizenmedia - Keepersgame47

On Toyota’s mind48

On Toyota’s mind49

Get the Glass50
This site is a 3D board game, with animated characters, full of action. The graphics, animations, concept are all awesome.

Get the Glass51figure

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 Thumps54

Leven Thumps55

Commercial Link

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


Nokia Trends Lab
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 Lab

Hewlett-Packard – Wake up your feelings with the power of touch58
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 touch59

Theologos House of Jewellery60
The simplicity of the site navigation and the beauty of flowers are hard to overlook.

Theologos House of Jewellery61

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 Gold
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 Goldfigure

Another nice and interactive interface example.

Pantagonia 65

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM66
The graphics are exceptional, and the continuous movement between scenes is great.

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM67

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?70

Got Milk? 71

Environment Link

GE | Plug Into the Smart Grid72
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 73

DirectGov – Act On CO2 Calculator74
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 Calculator75WWF 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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    I don’t like Flash sites.

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

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    Interesting & Inspiring Collection

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    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!

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

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

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

  9. 10

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

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    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.

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

  12. 13

    Whaa, just awesome :P

  13. 14

    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.. :)

  14. 15

    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!!

  15. 16

    they are very inspiring,

    thank you for sharing! :)

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

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    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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    Carlos Pinho

    June 7, 2009 3:07 pm


    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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    Carlos Pinho

    June 7, 2009 6:44 am

    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.


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

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    So inspiring!

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    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.

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    Bacardi – Original Mojito – Link doesn’t work.

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    so cool, so perfect, i looooove them

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    João Pescada

    June 7, 2009 9:05 am

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

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

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    Mohammad Adli

    June 7, 2009 9:37 am

    wow COOL collection

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    June 7, 2009 9:53 am

    I know a very beautiful website :

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    Cool. Good selection.

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    I would like to recommend Power To Change website as well. It’s an environmental campaign by HP. The aim is to create awareness to turn off their computers when they are done using it, either at workplace or at home.

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    Theo Haberman

    June 7, 2009 10:37 am

    Great article, but under commercial there is one typo though. Shouldn’t “Zube” be Zune”?

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    Wow, great examples! i also like this one:

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    alex popovici

    June 7, 2009 11:29 am

    Nice collection. Only one little typo to point out: I think it is called Zune, not Zube. :)

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    June 7, 2009 11:50 am

    Despite that they are beautiful designs, I still try to stay away from Flash as much possible.

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    Justin Woods

    June 7, 2009 11:59 am

    LOL to people comparing flash to css… let me just bump this comment from the author:

    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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    Leonid Lezner

    June 7, 2009 12:40 pm

    Check out the page of this company:

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    Some seriously incredible websites. Most of them are de-motivating me ;-)

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    Flash is for artists, html and css are for developers. I like flash for online games but not for general website use as it breaks the user experience. Yes a flash website looks good for the marketing dept. and wooing people like the sites you see above – but are not practical for sites you use on a day by day basis; for example sony and their phone site you don’t want to see that flash intro again – when all you want is to view the specifications on some interesting phone. And what if I wanted to bookmark that section?

    So flash has its uses (at the moment) but some of that will be stolen when html5 becomes mainstream.

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    these are amazing, people should check out an amazing band and a stunng web page

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    I HATE most of flash websites. So many of that that are poorly designed, or take ages to load or whatever.
    The few of the list i visited are bad too. I mean… come on designers, are you just dumb or what ? Do you think anybody will watch a counter going from 0 to 100 ?
    Some of you are so dumb that they are trying to make this shit “design”, adding a little motion or a blurry effect or something nobody will appreciate except a few newbies on the internet.
    Please, learn your lessons. Buy a Nintendo, buy some games and watch what they do. You’ll never see a counter or a progress bar from Nintendo, these guys have good ideas to make you wait without notice it and every good designer should do the same.
    Always make a cool, funny or informative 30ko preload or just drop your 2Mo swf to the trash, as users will just leave it before it loads completely.
    When the first page is loaded, preload some other things that users will probably wanna see, make your flash website fast and usable… or just do good old plain HTML websites, because flash is good only if you have very, very strong technical/usability/network skills.

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      Comparing css/xhtml to flash? You can’t. Now a days or even for the future flash will rock the world~! Take a look those mobile devices they are using flash for their apps. Sooner the developers and designer push the limit of flash into next level so imagine that.What’s the beauty of flash for the next generaton it’s like your using a flying car~! Talking to css/xhtml they are also great apps for you website. If you can handle the problem issues like, Web browsing compatibility, fixed, fluid layout to prevent the white space when user adjust the monitor resolution.While in flash is just a preloader.

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    Smashing magazine. Your taste in flash webdesign is one that was lame in 2003 and is horrible to say the least. Maybe look at some websites wich for one actually have estheticly correct typography. Now stop polluting our minds with this craep!

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    Smashing magazine. Your taste in flash webdesign is one that was lame in 2003 and is horrible to say the least. Maybe look at some websites wich for one actually have estheticly correct typography. Now stop polluting our minds with this craep!

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    I agree with most of the comments above. I understand this was just a showcase for Flash, and indeed they were beautiful website. Flash is quicky becoming obsolete however as far as professional and corporate websites. For example…the Greek website for jewelry….if I were really looking for jewelry, I would’ve left long before I even saw an actual piece. It took over a minute of animations and effects before I even got to the goods. Forget it…people dont have patience for that stuff. Thats a fact. Beautiful flash websites are great for portfolios and artists and photographers. For commerical websites or corporate….standard CSS and AJAX is the way to go. Again, no knock on the Flash showcase….truly stunning indeed….as artwork. As far as usability….ugh…its horrible. Keep things simple. Just further proof that there is a difference between being an artist and designer, and an interface designer. Its like comparing a DOS interface (Flash) to Vista or OSX interface (CSS and AJAX).

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      Dude what’s the use of website for your business? simple website just to show your products etc? maybe that’s good also but if you compare it to a nice presentation using flash to your products it will attract the customers.The website also describes the personality of owner~! take that on your mind :)

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    Andrew Cofield

    June 7, 2009 7:02 pm

    I agree that there are many flash sites (including some on this list) that take too long to load and can be frustrating to navigate. But this post is about inspiration, and a site or even a page doesn’t have to be all flash or css/xhtml. Flash can provide a little bit of animation or interactivity as part of a xhtml site. I enjoyed this list to see what elements work, and which ones I’ll be happy to stay away from.

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    very nice!

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    Great selection of flash sites. Loaaaading……. :D lol

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    Justin Woods

    June 7, 2009 8:19 pm

    @Paul… “Flash is for artists, html and css are for developers.” ….
    I don’t think this is true at ALL… compare html/css to actionscript 3.0 and you might change your opinion…

    @Joey… “I HATE most of flash websites. So many of that that are poorly designed, or take ages to load or whatever.
    The few of the list i visited are bad too. I mean… come on designers, are you just dumb or what ? Do you think anybody will watch a counter going from 0 to 100 ?”
    Flash can be misused just as often has html/css sites. One of the most popular places flash is used are geared towards the entertainment and gaming industry, well coded and designed flash sites should not take long to load comparable to an html site. But if it does take a little longer, its because of the fact that it adds a level of interactivity and animation that css/html couldnt do. It’s pointless to argue html/css vs. flash, that’s like comparing php to javascript… they have their own reasons for implementation

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    Flash is beautiful But too slow

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    Flash is great and it is the most complete development environment to work in still. Do anything in one place is great. But it is surprising to me how many dev and company spend so much creating nicelooking and innovative sites and still dont know how to optimise for fast load. It is easy to get blind on your own fast line and supercomputer. I will always test Flash and other sites on slowband (mobile) and a netbook or old computers. Even being a Flahs-geek I move on if loading keeps on and on and the menus are too “exeperimental”. On the other hand, its a big internet with room for many experiments and tastes. Everything does not have to look like corporate HTML /CSS verified, most looking the boring same. Theres room for play too. Its those who dare to break new grounds that brings dev and innovation forward and some things will be good some will be bad. Some seem to think that internet should be only one big boring sales folder, it is also an exeperience and much more than that. Flamewars are only silly. Use any technique and learn, but test in different environments is what I think. You dont like it – move on!

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    Very nice selection. Has anybody a hint / tutorial, how to reach an effect like v5 Design or Sensisoft? style is similar.

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    June 8, 2009 1:34 am

    Really nice examples and I like Flash if it is beneficial for the visitor! But as already mentioned from others, sometimes it takes too long to load. Specially the environmental sites should be more concerned about load times :-)

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    actually I hate to design flash website,but I enjoy these inspirational websites very much~:)~~

  56. 60

    Actually I hate to design flash website, but I enjoy these inspriation websites very much! :)~~

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    Michel webdesign

    June 8, 2009 2:28 am

    I think flash website give you a new way of experience a website. But from a SEO point of view i would say no.

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    June 8, 2009 3:42 am

    The majority of these website literally suck ass, wtf is wrong with you people?

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    Carlos Pinho

    June 8, 2009 3:48 am

    Hi All,

    You are giving me a good idea for a future article to showcase good and bad things on Flash Websites. The fact of taking too long on loading a site or a scene doesn’t means that is bad, maybe it’s because you are about to experience a high level of interactivity. However, sometimes, the site creator doesn’t have good Actionscript knowledge which contributes to a bigger file size, and will reflect on a long time to load (which is a bad procedure). I have seen awesome animations within a flash site, using only 30kb. Not to speak in the animation, but any html/css site are bigger.

    Anyway, good to read those comments, as will definitely write about it.

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    @Carlos, I think the main reason that people are comparing HTML/CSS to Flash is because SM does tends to focus on HTML/CSS/JS/PHP so your audience here are mostly based in that camp. It’s also a debate that has raged for a few years now, so whenever Flash is brought up, everyone has an opinion.

    Flash is excellent for immersive, high-impact experiences, and advanced interactivity. This is a niche area, and development time excludes it from being appropriate for day to day projects, but doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant a post on SM.

    I am interested in the rumours, that you allude to, that Flash is becoming indexable by search engines and that there are some solutions for content managing Flash. Although not sure this will cause a resurgence in Flash sites, would still like to hear more about this – another post perhaps?

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    Tom Bradshaw

    June 8, 2009 4:41 am

    These are a great selection of sites. I really like flash sites, however the problem with them is they aren’t really SEO friendly, can be slow and just not appropriate for many businesses – but apart from that they’re great!

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    I think that what you are doing here is great and I say keep up the good work. After all the negative stuff about flash in this thread, you seem to be staying positive – thats how I believe things should be. I’d be very interested to read your next article.

    @Everyone in the Flash verses XHTML/CSS war
    Good luck in trying to win that battle – I for one will not bother wasting my time choosing a side. Instead, I’ll act just like a professional web designer/developer and use the technologies how i see fit to fit my individual projects and clients. After all, we are all creative in our own rights are we not? You are all wise enough to know the differences between the two technologies – why not use that for your own strengths?

  63. 67

    I used to be a flash sites fanatics… not so much anymore after I see how well CSS/AJAX/DHTML sites can be designed.. and poorly designed flash sites are driving my CPU temp like crazy!

    one thing I feel ironic is with the advancement of broadband penetration, flash websites do not seem to benefit.. maybe I am short-sighted, but I think with the emergence of Web 2.0, people’s expectations grew extraordinary.. youtube is streaming here, facebook app is loading there, tweets are added every few minutes.. tabs capabilities in browsers feed to the greed and I feel this is a significant contribution to flash-killing… so what I am saying is until flash breaks away from the notion of it being a waiting site, people’s patience towards navigating a flash site perhaps might not be as willing as most used to be…

    anyway, these showcases bring some justices to the proprietary capabilities of flash sites… some are simply awesome! thanks!

  64. 68

    These are great sites for inspiration. Thanks as usual Smashing.

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    v5 Design, hp and Pirogov are all in the same concept.
    that’s the problem i see in flash sites nowadays.

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    The gallery is nice but you really can’t have this post without mentioning 2advanced – those guys have done amazing flash since it existed and have the work to prove it.

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    Carlos Pinho

    June 8, 2009 9:16 am

    @5ink and others Well, i haven’t showcased 2Advanced because everyone knew them. I tried to choose sites that haven’t been showcased at FWA and other similar award sites.

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    5 star post, Thank you.

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    June 8, 2009 11:06 am

    I don’t usually like Flash sites, excepts for games or things like that, but this are quite inspirational :D

  70. 74

    Amazing designs!..

  71. 75

    I love how the first site showcased doesn’t let you past the entry screen without you entering your email and creating a password. Great marketing strategy… if your goal is to divert 80% of traffic away from your site.

  72. 76

    Very inspiring collection !!

  73. 77

    Come on people! You can´t just execrate all the flash web sites ´cause their are too slow or I don´t know what else.
    I agree, usability is everything for me, so, that´s why I´m a big fan of simple designed sites, css and ajax, but, flash websites has an appeal that you will never find in somewhere else (at least, for a while).

    (I agree there´re some websites in this article with serious problems of navigability and design)

    My point is:

    When you´re surfing through a website that will show you the schedule of the cinema, for sure you´ll want it faster as possible, otherwise you just close your tab and go away to another link.

    But, when you´re expecting to watch a teaser of your favorite movie, or travelling around the world of your favorite chocolate brand, you can easily wait a few minutes (no more than 3! =D )

    Each kind of website has an target to reach, and a specific kind of people to captivate… don´t be radical. Understand the needs first, ok?

  74. 78

    wow those are amazing. I also created a new flash website for Aitken Spence Travels

  75. 79

    sama creation

    June 8, 2009 10:25 pm

    Very inspiring

  76. 80

    If used properly I think flash based websites don’t really have to be SEO friendly. ‘Cause the “only” use of flash is for advertising websites. With more than just information on them. And pretty often you will not search for these sites using a search engine like google. You will see these sites after clicking on adds or over viral advertising. So this is a pretty nice collection for flash websites. I think any technique has its own use and if used properly has its own claim.

  77. 81

    Michael Minor @

    June 8, 2009 11:22 pm

    For anyone who is arrogant enough to use the comments here as Flash V.S. Ajax, Flash V.S. loading times, or anything else that out of place you might want to remember that strong experiences are what drives a strong brand. A lot of these sites were done in a way to be as engaging as possible, to let the user tie as much emotion to them as possible.

    If you think you should tell Martini the best way to invoke brand experience is with an Ajax form then you’re an idiot and might just want to stay in the IT department.

    I know server side, client side, and multiple languages, and they all have their place. Ajax even being mentioned in the comments here prove many of you don’t have a clue.

    Anyhow, thanks Smashing Magazine for a great list of high end and highly engaging web sites

  78. 82

    nice post.. thanks again.. guys for me flash is great but it depends on how you use it. Flash is use for advertising website like Coca cola.. but using flash on informative webiste?? hahaha. makes me laugh.. its better to use ajax on that kind of site, but both flash and ajax are great it only depend on how you use it..

  79. 83

    Some of you reply that Ajax is better… but for some kind of stuff, you just can’t do the same in Ajax (especially if you have to deal with IE).

    Some other reply that “if … you can wait 3 minutes”. Are you crazy or what ? Do the test, look at a clock and wait 3 minutes : it’s waaaaaay too much. If i wanna see a trailer, i don’t go to a poor flash website, i go on youtube or a specialized website.
    Stupid “artistic” websites are one of the reason that lead to the success of MySpace when looking for a band.
    Going from a site to another, wait, try to find how that tricky designer has hidden the tracks to listen to was just horrible.

    #78 > “strong experiences are what drives a strong brand”
    Yeah… but that doesn’t imply Flash at all. Excellent design, layout, photos, and user interface are better :

    The point is : to make a site pleasant to use with flash, it takes a lot, lot, lot of extra work compared to HTML/Ajax websites. It’s not standard by essence, and many of the reflexes can’t be used to flash websites so users are frustrated most of the time.
    Plus, the internet is about scrolling fast across content to find what you’re looking for, manipulate content… Flash is bad at that. Sooooo bad.

    So flash is mostly used for portfolios, interactive commercials nobody cares about (we have enough ads on the TV, thanks, we don’t want an “ad experience”) and games.
    It’s rare that people use it for really good, informative, content-oriented, presentations where animations help to understand… purposes.

    Instead, the web is full of “look what i can do with flash and my talent”, “there’s no content but you’ll have to spend 5 minutes to understand how to reach it and 10 to load it” websites.

  80. 84

    Patagonia is misspelled.

  81. 85

    Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    June 10, 2009 3:10 am

    The amount of creativity involved here is undoubtedly massive. The designs are top-notch and the Flash programming is superb. The only problem is that these sites can only be enjoyed on rather high-end computers which, sadly enough, are rather few in number. That way, such weighty Flash designs actually limit your audience.

    For example, I was trying to view the HP site. Even with a Dual Core processor and 1 GB of RAM, I found the experience erratic and annoying. Makes me wonder, is there really a point in designing such heavy sites if they remain inaccessible to most of us.

  82. 86

    almost EVERY site has a really large photo which covers the screen with little to no actual content. this list has beautiful websites indeed (as per the title) but i would have liked to see FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL since that actually takes something a lot more than a big pretty picture.

  83. 87

    Some of the sites are cool, but I would really love to see a feature on Flash websites that don’t break the browser, do well in search engines, and are usable for every day use, all while offering functionality that can’t be achieved with HTML/CSS/JavaScript.

  84. 88

    Awesome collection. As for flash vs css. I get way more jobs to do flash and paid twice as much. As long as I’m getting the green, I could care less about a silly debate. The fact that when I make something in flash I know what the user is going to see it, more than makes up for any drawbacks for flash. Besides multi touch and flash are the future not markup.

  85. 89


    check fwa to find functional and beautiful flash websites
    that’s actually the most important flash link now:

    css vs flash?

    flash is becoming more and more SEO friendly
    that was for years the biggest downfall of using flash

    techniques like deep linking allow us to achieve in flash
    everything what can be done using markup
    and we still have much more creative freedom…

  86. 90

    Sanchit Thakur

    June 12, 2009 12:36 pm

    Well, Saizen Media always scores in Flash based wesbites.

  87. 91

    Sanchit Thakur

    June 12, 2009 1:12 pm

    Some real good flash work here.
    But most of it is ordinary.

  88. 92

    huge schlong

    June 12, 2009 11:42 pm

    It’s so refreshing to see I’m not the only designer who absolutely hates flash. I instantly leave a site if I come to a loading screen. Stats show I’m not alone.

    I agree with @74 Scott. You want my email address to see the site? FUCK YOU! bounce

    Flash is pointless for anything other than a brochure/ad style site like coke’s site. Sometimes i think the only traffic sites like these get is from designers. Why would anyone want to go to Coke’s site anyway?

    I always tell clients who want flash they’ll have a horrible page rank and a sky high bounce rate. works every time.

  89. 94

    @Karl – #3 “I don’t like Flash sites.”
    @huge schlon

    I think you are probably quite boring men (in a visual meaning)



    Robert from EU

    ps: do you leave the cinema instantly when a movie is begining with a prelude full of the list of the producers, actors and actresses, camera mens, and so on? I do not think… so please keep be patient when a flash site is loading or go away for a cup of coffee… :-)
    So think + and do not be so philistine!

    cheerio from Hungary!

    • 95

      @Robert – “please keep be patient when a flash site is loading or go away for a cup of coffee… :-)”

      Ummm, no. That’s not what the purpose of a website is. Get me to the point of your And not after a cup of coffee waiting for it to load. I’m curious as to how many visitors leave your sites after a few seconds.

  90. 96


    June 15, 2009 1:33 am

    Hello, and thanks for add my company website in this article. I’m jim from sldimension, the company of the “full color planet” described on the top is not “agence second life” but “Sldimension”. Contragulations for the others websites. See U

  91. 97

    Brant Schroeder

    June 15, 2009 10:32 am

    Nice post, lots of great sites.

  92. 98

    Brant Schroeder

    June 15, 2009 10:33 am

    Nice post, lots of great designs.

  93. 99

    Mike boogaard | Purple Daydream

    June 15, 2009 11:20 am

    Simply inspirational! Great sites, designs and usage of Flash…Nice one!

  94. 100

    Hi,, Its reaaly really cooollll

  95. 101

    Had trouble interacting with the sites. Hard to read fonts. Requires great dexterity for some links, for example I had to click a 8 pixels square to scroll down to read tiny font in a small window. Why couldn’t they make the window bigger or resize-able or at least make the scroll bar larger? Lots of prettiness without a lot of practicality or functionality. Lots of thought into the art and design and none for the user’s end.

    I’m sure some of these sites are exceptions.

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    Anand Deep Singh

    June 29, 2009 3:47 am

    gud links keep sending me on my id

  97. 103

    Todos os trabalhos estão ótimos e bacana ver trabalhos de brasileiros nesta seleção.

  98. 104

    Not so long ago I was pretty skeptical about flash websites, but now I think flash has been taken to a level where it’s beautiful and user-friendly. I really liked the collection and the majority of websites I clicked on – didn’t load long at all. Flash is cool, and I dare to assume it’ll become even better soon!

  99. 105

    I think people who don’t like flash are mostly people who don’t know how to use it well. No flash, no fun on internet. Flash is becoming more searchable no js library can ever achieve what flash can do in the same ease and speed. AND it still won’t look as good.
    People are finding ways to embed fonts on sites and it hasn’t been easy, but with flash it’s super easy. I like LOVE flash but still use XHTML & CSS and this is the way it will be for everyone out there. Sooner or later, you’ll need to use both.

  100. 106


    July 9, 2009 10:40 pm

    Great collection! Truly creative artists!
    While some may argue Flash is great for creating websites. When optimized correctly using AS 3.0, its a joy to load and view. I love Flash because it provides so much space to have fun and play with all the elements, and with new AS 3.0 you can implement almost any idea you can imagine.

  101. 107

    super it toppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp site are ther here
    i love it this stuff

  102. 108

    I think flash website give you a new way of experience a website

  103. 109

    Flash can do it all, and with FLEX basically HTML/CSS sites will become mundane relics.

    Some big companies not interested in marketing are adopting Flex RIGHT now, I’m talking about big time finance companies who want to deliver beautiful highly interactive charts within online applications.

    People who down Flash DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT, don’t be scared, buy a book, learn, grow, accept.

  104. 110

    thats great :)

  105. 111

    And though Flash websites are considered to be slow and difficult to maintain, they are more impressive, interactive and dynamic that static HTML pages.
    I love the animation and all these flash effects.

    Thanks for the collection

  106. 112

    Thanks , I like all of the flash sites and i am also learning to use flash but some guys tell me not to learn flash and learn javascript and ajax

  107. 113

    Great set of examples! Very inspirational! Thank you!

    There seems to be a lot of Flash haters out there. It’s not Flash’s fault guys,… it’s the developers who misuse it and abuse it (or just don’t understand how to properly use it – and there are a lot of examples of that). Please don’t bash Flash just because some Flash developers prefer showing off their skills instead of providing a friendly user interface. Flash has it’s place. As for those who think Flash is becoming obsolete…. yeah, right… that’s why YouTube is going out of business!

    AJAX is alright but Javascript has it’s problems too and if people have JavaScript disabled, then you’re screwed (just as if people have the Flash player disabled/not installed). Actually, AJAX has a lot of the same problems as Flash does when it comes to SEO, back button, bookmarks, etc., but both have their own way of going about it. AJAX is meant more for web applications, but I would still prefer using Flex as it saves tons of development time and is cross browser compatible! (Ever tried making an HTML/CSS website compatible with IE6? – which surprisingly is still a whole lot of users out there!).

    In the end, Flash and AJAX are just two faces of the same coin. Combined, they can revolutionize the web as we know it. Don’t believe me?… then check out YouTube as one of many examples.

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    Chris Raymond

    January 7, 2010 7:58 am

    Flash is a wonderful tool, when used for a purpose for which it is the best suited: games, interactivity for a PURPOSE, not just to have visitor click around.

    I went to Lilia’s Planet, and I have a high-speed connection. Took quite long to load, and then it took me a few seconds to realize this is a photographer’s site, not an illustrator’s. I found the whole Flash-based interface annoying, After “flying” around the globe once, I was tired of the whole thing and frankly didn’t wish to explore this person’s photography. The visual premise could have been executed in xhtml/css and jquery, and then the focus could be on the PHOTOGRAPHY and not the annoying interface.

    Felt the same at the House of Jewellery site. Pointless use of my time to see a Flash movie with flowers. This is not a florist’s site, it’s jewelry. I never stuck around to see the jewelry.

  109. 115

    Yes, these are really great looking sites, I find that none of them work in the ‘new’ form of technology such as iPhone and Blackberry and iPod and all of the mini notebooks which are the rage and fad right now. Along with that, the problems of always getting people to upgrade to the latest flash player is sometimes troublesome and many people get irritated So, just plain old basic HTML seems always a safe and nice choice. Plus I find a lot of people think of FLASH as just a commercial.
    Thanks for putting this list of nicely designed sites together..

  110. 116

    Few months ago I saw a flash website which was very cool and inspiring, and now I cant find it! May be some of you saw it and can give me a link? the only thing i remember is that it was flash website and for navigation on home page the guy had the animation of his head (does it make any sense?) like when you made mouse over some buttons his head was turning towards it. He had there his blog, photos and portfolio as well.

    Please if you know it, can you give me a link


  111. 117

    Some of these websites take ages to load and as a user are hard to navigate. They suck hard.

  112. 118

    sadly, flash sites are bad for SEO!!

    • 119

      Margarita Kryuchkov

      July 8, 2013 5:37 am

      You can always just make flash movies/videos and embed them into your content-rich html site that has great SEO.

      (Side Note: Crawler based search engines prefer html.)

  113. 120

    The Great posts !!!
    I like all of them, but the flash site’s bad for SEO

  114. 121

    nice picture:)

  115. 122

    Awesome list! best list I’ve seen so far! Thanks!

  116. 123

    it’s very very amazing…

  117. 124

    muy bueno diseño

  118. 125

    nice collections!

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    iman ghazizadeh

    September 14, 2010 10:31 am

    Very very good, I love your website :)
    iman ghazizadeh

  120. 127

    I stopped looking at the sites in the list when I got to the first site’s third annoying flash page. I haven’t even seen what the site is trying to do yet. So I do hope the other 49 are better than the first one. But scrolling through, I have never visited a single site that is listed here in 30 years of using computers. It seems some people have different priorities when it comes to web design.

    “Websites that force users to sit through sequences with nothing to do will be boring and pacifying, regardless of how cool they look.” – Nielsen, 10-29-2000

  121. 128

    Great post. There are whole new worlds created in Flash websites.

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  123. 130

    hi i am very interested in one of this site who i can contact
    there are no mails and contact information on them
    please please this is urgent
    coud somebody tell me


  124. 131

    Can you bookmark a page of a Flash Website?

  125. 132

    Uhm, dude? A site that doesn’t use links and forces exploration isn’t original. This idea has been around for years, and people actually don’t like it.

  126. 133

    I love this list. Very beautiful websites. Thanks for this.

  127. 134

    really amazing flash templates

  128. 135

    is there any problem if i copy this templates to my blogspot…
    plz reply

    • 136

      Smashing Media Customer Support

      July 15, 2011 2:10 am

      We are pleased to share useful information with all design community members. There is no problem to post content fom our website when you make sure that everybody is informed where the original content comes from. Please set a link to and the specific post. Please understand, the copyright is held by the authors and we like and have to respect it definetely.

  129. 137

    Wow ! Simply Stunning.

  130. 138

    can you help my project? i must maker flash presentation atractif… how much money?

  131. 139

    seriously guys if u hate to wait and don’t like flash,why are you even on this page?get your ass out of this post. cant you just see title??its meant for flash websites,if you cant accept piece of art,go shake your drums in your boring, AJAX blah blah blah…we don;t need your fucking negative comment here..shooo you haters

  132. 140

    Great work. keep it up

  133. 141

    People who dont want to work on HTML5 and CSS3, These people dont want to move forward. Even Adobe Flash has stopped making Flash animated softwares and they also said that they will work on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript and will dedicate their efforts on this new technology. Surely, There is a lot to be created/coded/make in HTML5 and make it browser compatible.

    I hope HTML5, CSS and JavaScript will take over Flash and by the way it has taken over Flash 70 to 80%.


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