6 Tips for a Great Flex UX- Part 1

February 16, 2009 — 5 Comments

Since our new book focuses on rich interactions, I wanted to spend some time on Adobe Flex/AIR.

After designing several large enterprise applications for diverse clients and industries, I’ve noticed some barriers to crafting a great experience in Flex. I think these barriers arise from the relative newness of the technology (and RIAs in general), the initial focus on development over design, and the confidence that Flex can provide a great UX out of the box. But it takes a bit more to make a Flex app really shine. Fortunately, the Flex community is chock full of talented and motivated developers who contribute amazing resources.

These tips are based on the best Flex resources I have found, and how you can use them to craft a great Flex UX. This is part 1 of 6:

  • Play With It: 10 Flex Explorers
  • Learn From the Best: 10 Great Flex Apps
  • Learn From the Rest: 10 Great RIAs
  • Stock Your Toolbox: The Essential Controls
  • Review Best Practices for Designing a RIA
  • Avoid Common Mistakes: 10 Anti-Patterns

Play With It: 10 Flex Explorers

I can’t think of a better way to get your feet wet than to play with these explorers.

01. Tour de Flex

tourdeflex

02. Component Explorer

flexcomponentexplorer

03. Style Explorer

flexstyleexplorer

04. Regular Expression Explorer

regularexpressionexplorer
By Ryan Swanson

05. Charts Explorer

chartexplorer
By Ely Greenfield

06. Efflex Effects Explorer

effectsexplorer
By Stephen Downs

07. Filter Explorer

filterexplorer

08. Primitive Objects Explorer

primitiveexplorer

09. Data Visualization Explorer

quvisexplorer

10. Button Skin Explorer

buttonskinexplorer

Comment with your favorite Flex explorer

I realize I have only skimmed the surface here, please comment with a link to your favorite explorer or gallery for Flex 3.

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