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January 15, 2009

Gallery of flash preloaders

preloader screenshot

When Macromedia Flash burst on the scene last century it ushered in a new world of online interactivity. It also introduced us all to the preloader...those little mini-animations that helped keep us entertained as we waited percentage point by percentage point for the flash movie to finish loading.

The vast majority of preloaders were non-descript and boring, but once in a while a preloader was above the pale.

The design firm Big Spaceship has paid homage to the preloader with their online gallery titled Pretty Loaded. Check it out and see how many different ways people came up with to count to 100%


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at January 15, 2009 09:32 PM


Nice post! I love the idea of taking the arbitrary and turning it into the sublime! A well made preloader can almost gear you up to be in the right mood for the rest of the site.

Posted by: Boondock at February 19, 2009 11:43 PM