Well, I have to be honest and own up to having been an advocate of Flash websites a while back. You know, for a designer, they allow you absolute and complete control over what the viewer sees. Which, for a designer, might often seem to be their sole reason for being. What you couldn't control though was the viewer using the back button - probably the least mentioned but most useful button within any web browser.
And it's refreshing to see that designers are beginning to slowly move away from Flash as the platform of choice. But, design is design, and part of design is fashion. So you'll see the same approach or same solutions cropping up over a broad range of design work. For instance, those designer portfolios which have photographs of someone holding up examples of work in front of them. So you see the work and a pair of hands and a little glimpse of a sunlit studio. I'm sure you know the ones I mean.
But the fashion that I don't really get is the attractive but meaningless big picture background on the home page. Like Browns' concrete wall with bullet hole:-
Or This Studio's blonde in a T-shirt:-
Or Why Not's Sausage Queen:-
All three of them really great design studios, I'm sure you'll agree. But I still don't understand the big picture thing. Am I missing something? Or am I just getting old?
Can somebody explain?