DVD design: Great menus are great inspiration (Part I)

I’ve long admired the subtle connection between DVD menus and interactive/multimedia projects created in Flash, which are often styled and laid out in a similar fashion. Below you’ll find screengrabs of some great DVD menus that are designed well and can be related to a online multimedia package.

NOTE: I’m more than a little wary of using Flash to design an entire multimedia project because Flash is not search engine friendly. There are some things you can do if you want to produce a self-contained Flash piece and still increase your SEO. Instead of having an entire project designed in Flash, simply animate the things that need animating (do not animate text) and insert the smaller files into a more searchable HTML document. If the entire project is created in Flash, include a text description that contains keywords about the content of the .swf file. Also, it may be cumbersome, but try breaking up the Flash project into multiple files with text links to the different .swf files. CNET has great advice on helping Google “see” your Flash content. More information on creating a Google friendly website can be found at Digital Inspiration.

On to the menus:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

More DVD menu goodness after the break

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Artificial Intelligence: AI


The Simpsons Movie

War of the Worlds (2005)

Also on 10,000 Words

DVD design: Great menus are great inspiration (Part II)
DVD design: Great menus are great inspiration (Part III)
What is design?