The future of 3D media has just recently started to reveal itself. With the development of new technology, even home users now have access to 3D televisions and computer monitors. The high price of this equipment, however, means that a lot of consumers will have to wait a few years before making an investment in 3D technology. If a 3D monitor isn’t within your budget, then you can still enjoy simulated 3D websites that focus on strong designs that trick the eye into seeing depth on a flat screen.
Several designers have used Flash to create 3D websites. Here are a few of the best examples:
The Eco Zoo at http://ecodazoo.com/
The Eco Zoo primarily relies on vanishing points and focus to create the illusion of three dimensions. For those without a background in art, a vanishing point is an imagery place on the horizon where visible elements disappear. Every design student learns this in Art Basics 101. Focus, however, is a bit trickier and more interesting on this site. By making images in the background fuzzy, the designers make them look farther away than the crisp images that are supposed to be closer to the viewer.
Frank Sorbier at http://www.francksorbier.com/
Frank Sorbier is a haute couture fashion designer. His website designers obviously did their homework when making his site. It combines a wide range of 3D simulation strategies, including shading, motion and vanishing points. It’s a spectacular work of website art that actually does justice to the fashion designer.
Gears of War – Emergence Day at http://www.emergence-day.com/
If high fashion isn’t your thing, then you might want to check out the website for Gears of War – Emergence Day, an exciting video game that pits humans against an underground horde of mutant locust seeking to take over the world. Sure, the developers focused on inserting lots of violence into the game, but they also created a stunning website with simulated 3D graphics.