The end of year 2008 has shown some new tendencies in web design that tend to develop further in 2009. The glossy buttons, lustrous looks are left for business websites, more and more artistic web sites are designed with a touch of hand made. Photo galleries, design studios, art-connected websites, music bands personal pages tend to have elements of grunge and vintage, collages and sketches.

Grungy designs have been on stage for quite a long time, but this year more and more music websites and blogs will be designed with lavished backgrounds and dirty looks.

Design Studio Template

Musician Web Template

Medium Web Template

Old school drawings, illustrations and photos bring nostalgic atmosphere and somehow this atmosphere becomes more popular nowadays. Use some vintage pictures at the background and make your website trendy looking.

Art Design Studio Template

Film Maker Template

Sketches and hand writing at the background definitely make designs more lively. If you want to make your website a bit more personal, to have a light human touch than this is the best artistic method for you.

Fashio Business Template

Video Portfolio Template

Collages are a great way of mixing elements together. Before Photoshop collages used to be popular, it seems now they are heading back into web design becoming more popular than ever.

Music Maker Template

Do you think these trends will leave web 2.0 looks behind?

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When you want to have an impressive website, it is not always that you have to use Flash. Several other alternatives are possible and one of them is Swish. Swish templates are similar to Flash templates but they are sometimes more relevant. Let us see when, why and how.

How Use?

The editing process of Swish templates is much simpler and faster than that of Flash templates, so that can save your time, especially if you are customizing a swish template on your own. Swish templates are supplied with all source files (HTML, PHP, PNG, PSD, SWF and SWI), that gives you an opportunity to fully control your future website. Video tutorials and customization manuals are also provided for the latest swish templates. The software necessary for working with swish templates are Swish Max 1 or Swish Max 2, Macromedia Fireworks and Photoshop 7+.

Why Use?

The automated special effects are built into Swishmax, which is not as costly as the “original” Adobe Flash Macromedia and weighs less. The objects that could be included on a swish website are preloders, sounds, movies, animation, 3d-graphics, galleries and many more. The key elements of a swish template are a swish-animated header and imaginative transitions of objects.

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You think that you know all what you can do with Flash? Sure? We have put up a top 15 of the best Flash-based web sites of the year 2008. Come and check up on them, I am sure you will find something you have not yet seen.

1. St. Ives Elements – Get a Happy Face is a terrific commercial! It has an excellent combination of graphic motion and outstandingly amazing navigation. The women’s face care means become alive in front of your eyes blending with the natural elements from which they are made. As you put your cursor on one of the components of the web site, it is very suitably foregrounded.

2. Microsoft Office for Mac is a Flash-animated black and white web site from Microsoft with a very peculiar design. The whole array of people, numbers are chaotically moving to and fro on the site. And what is the visitor supposed to do? Of course, buy it. A little bit strange, but still interesting.

3. Robobrawl from Intel and Xeon is a real challenge for a visitor. Can you brawl your way to the top? They have already done it and now it is your turn to try. Excellent 3D-graphics will be a good inspiration for you. So, go ahead, create your own robot and enter the ring.

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Nowadays if you want to have a web-site you do not need to start from scratch. Web templates providers can offer you a wide range of their products from which you can choose what matches your needs best. Here at Flashmint you can find a wide variety of flash templates at most reasonable prices. And this is not all. You get a 6-month free web hosting with our hosting partner company -

To get a better idea you can visit our customers’ websites created with our flash web templates. For example, the following web-site gallery at is made on the basis of Photo folio CMS flash template 2028. It includes 3 sub-chapters About, Contacts, Packages. All the photographs are arranged in two lines resembling a film with multiple shots, one is vertical, another is horizontal. As you place the cursor on the films, they move enabling you to see all the pictures in the set. The vertical film includes the names of the pictures. If you click the cursor on one of the pictures you can see it in full. You can add your comments to each picture. An interesting intro (a camera) and black background is a good touch which makes this website recognizable among similar ones.

White photo portfolio CMS flash template 2031 is one more but completely different photo gallery. Created in soft pale colors it looks very light and almost transparent. The web-site that used it gives you a very nostalgic feel. It includes only three sub-chapters About, Portfolio, Contacts. The pictures preview is arranged in a winding line of which you see only some part. The whole pictures appear gradually and very unhurriedly. It is a good solution for a personal portfolio of a mature photographer.

Online portfolio CMS flash template 2014 is a good option for creating a very elegant picture gallery. It is very crisp and feminine and is for those who prefer only the most necessary details. The web-template contains the site navigation bar and a row of pictures which move as you place your cursor on it. Black background makes it look very stylish and fashionable. You can see it yourself at

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