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The Art of the 'Preloader' Lives on

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You know those things that play while you wait for a fancy flash-based website to load? Well they're called preloaders and they're going extinct. Thanks to faster internet connections, it takes less time to load a site and you're seeing fewer and fewer of of the cute little animations that play in the meantime.

But Big Spaceship isn't going to let them go quietly. It recently launched Pretty Loaded, what it calls a "history/gallery/short-attention-span-theater" dedicated to archiving the art of the pre-loader, with contributions from Firstborn, Odopod and AgencyNet, among others. Here's the full description in its own words:

Once upon a time, in a land of sputtering dial-up connections, websites took ages to load. Folks yearned for the 100% mark. But as soon as that figure arrived, the beloved (or bemoaned) preloader disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. Until now.

Pretty Loaded is an archive of preloaders that preload other preloaders ... which in turn reveal yet more preloaders. Copy that? It's a tribute to a vanishing art form amid a constantly changing digital landscape.

This infinite loader is being put together with help from friends across the interactive community. We'll continue to add to it over time, so keep on coming back.

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