Education in a Flash

Adobe Flash is used to create interactive programs, either web-based or on their own.  Any time you see a pop-up add online that says “click here for a better body!” or something like that, Flash was most likely the tool to create it.  So in that way, Adobe Flash is resented by a lot of internet users.  But I have grown to really like the program, because as with most things in life, it can be used for good as well as evil. (ok maybe “evil” is overkill for describing online pop-up adds, but they are really really annoying sometimes.)

Flash has a bouquet of capabilities including painting, drawing and editing tools, capacity for vector and bitmap images, means to create 2-D animations and it’s very own language, Action Script.  While I am far from being an expert in code languages, I have learned a little bit of html and css, and Action Script seems to be more straight forward than the others.  Using the language, you can tell animations to “start” or “stop” at the click of a button, to navigate through the pages of an interactive program or website, and way more complex things like to do something (say, play a certain happy song) on the condition that five other things are done, and if all five aren’t done, then doing some thing else (say, playing a sad song.)  I have found to really enjoy writing Action Script and troubleshooting with it. It’s like a puzzle that I have to put together, and if one piece is missing, the interactive just won’t work.

Here are some images of the interactive I made.  I created it to target a female audience, and specifically those who might be suffering from a disorder called Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder.  You can read more about it here

…but for now I’ll just show you some images of the interactive, which teaches a little about what foods to eat and lifestyle choices to be made during the two or so weeks before your period.  It has four total pages, the last one being a quiz that you take after reading the information.  I hope that soon I can post the actual interactive so people can click through it and take the quiz!

Home page with options to click through the interactive.

"Diet" page, listing food recommended for those suffering from PMDD.

"Lifestyle" page, listing activities recommended or to be avoided.

"Quiz" page, where you can solidy your understanding of diet and lifestyle choices.

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About Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization

Hi, my name is Claire and I'm in my second year of the Biomedical Visualization MS program at UIC. It's a combination of art and science, and it's pretty fun. So far I've dissected a human body and learned how to draw in 2D using a computer AND my hand, and I'm about to learn how to 3D model. Holler at me if you have any questions about the program!

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  1. fang28 says:

    Is Flash easy to use? I've tried it before but I guess it takes getting used to. Coding is fun. (: You should try it!