Stephen Downs



Tink (a.k.a. Stephen Downs) is the founder and owner of Tink Ltd a growing Flash Platform design and development company rooted in London.

He runs the LFPUG (London Flash Platform User Group) and has spoke at various events around the world and co-authored Flash 8 Essentials.

His primary focus is user interaction and interactive motion, integrating design and development using best practice methodologies with an attention to detail.

He's loud, hairy, argumentative, suffers from slow equity release and one method short of a full working application. Who's round is it?


Flex Effects: Transitions As Design Elements

Flex can be interpreted as a rigid application framework, losing the emotional experience that has, for many years been conveyed with Flash.

In this session we'll look at breaking down this barrier, utilizing Flex effects to create more engaging user experiences, with the intention of moving users from a mere understanding, to engagement, and ultimately immersion in your applications.

We'll take a brief look at what effects are, how to apply them and the limitations of the effects that come as part of the Flex framework, moving on to effect classes I've been working on to overcome some of the limitations, enabling much richer effects.

As technologies for creating interactive user experiences become more advanced we have the opportunity to draw upon a much wider visual vocabulary, making timing, pacing, rhythm and motion increasingly important.


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