When most people think of "classic movies," there are a lot of different thoughts. Some would say anything from certain directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles or Charlie Chaplin would be a classic. Others think classics can only be defined by age. The one thing that has always drawn me to movies of the old is their simplicity.
Over the years we have seen many changes in the way movies are made. In today's digital age, it's difficult to come across a movie that's as genuine as the ones seen long ago.
In the 1920's one could find amusement watching Charlie Chaplin perform something as simple as his now famous "roll dance" in 'The Gold Rush.' Most of today's audiences can only sit through a movie if they're treated to 2 1/2 hours of CG animation. This point now brings me to my theme. Just as the world of cinema has made many changes, the World Wide Web is making its changes.
When I was first interested in web design, Flash was a very new concept. When I began seeing this new type of multimedia, it quickly became the only thing I was viewing. Now Flash is everywhere, and while I still enjoy seeing and working with it, I always find myself going back to the more minimal approaches. Flash, like CG, can be wonderful, but if its contents are stale, what's the point? I try not to let the 'flashy' things blind me, as content should always be the main point of focus for any project.
Sometimes you only need simplicity to get your ideas across, and that's what I strive for.