If you’re going to learn how to use a piece of software you really need a project in mind. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the project is, as I will demonstrate.
Here you find the first ever thing I made in Flash, except for the tutorials that I followed to learn the basics. Always follow the tutorials, there’s really not point flailing around on your own just out of ‘self taught’ principle and pride.
I already had an idea for a ball that would make different sounds depending on which part of it hit the wall, or floor, or friend’s head. My basic thinking was simple – I wanted to create a toy that would drive parents crazy.
I didn’t ever get around to making a prototype of the Beat Ball, despite accruing a store of little electronic devices that I could butcher and plunder for their switches and buzzers, so I don’t really know whether it was a good idea or not.
Still, it helped me to learn Flash, which has proven to be an awesome ally over the years.