My original professional site was entirely flash based. The site is simple, crisp, and has enough aesthetic appeal to seem attractive to potential clients without being distracting. The three unique page types are the homepage, the portfolio page, and the rest of pages, content pages.
The homepage is different the first time you view it and each subsequent time. The first time you navigate to the site, there is a slow animation consisting of the text 'Rob Schmidt Design' easing its way into view and drawing the viewer's attention. After this, the links to the various pages of the site are revealed. After the first viewing of the page, the links will be immediately accessible, to not hinder navigation throughout the site. The animation is simple, smooth, and not exceedingly flashy, drawing attention and emphasizing one string of text without detracting from the rest of the page.
The portfolio page is much more complexly animated, and is the most aesthetically appealing area of the site. It consists of two columns of content on the page, one that contains an image of the website selected and the other which contains the website selector, navigator, description text, and home navigation button. To select a site, a viewer simply hovers their mouse over the appropriate title text on the left. An image of the page then fades into view and, if it is taller than the flash object, scrolls briefly to give a view of the entire site before coming to a stop in a position that allows view of the top of the site. To navigate to that website, the user simply clicks the appropriate title text. The descriptions of the sites are directly below the title for that site, and contain a small, themed scroll bar to allow the user to read more than what is available at the initial state of the page. The navigation button on this page is limited to navigation back to the homepage, due to restraints in pixel space.
Finally, the content pages are all identical except for the content itself. They contain just that; the differing content in white text on a black background. This provides a staid, easily readable page where textual content is the main focus of the page. They contain, for navigation, a bar of buttons on the bottom that allow the user to return to the homepage or navigate to any other page in the site.
This site is a good example of what I can do with Adobe ROME. It provides enough aesthetic appeal to keep the interest of the viewer without distracting from what is ultimately more important, the content.
Visit the site here.
If you view this site, you will notice that the various 'personal site' links do not link to any pages that actually exist. This is because I decided to remove the personal section of the website and focus solely on the professional site.