Do people still use flash brackets?
More often I use a DIY "scoop" modifier on the flash which allows rotating the flash head 90 degrees.
Occasionally, I still have a couple of flip-brackets that I use with a wireless trigger system (or flash cord), if I absolutely need to have the flash directly(ish) above the lens.
DIY Scoop modifier:
Stroboframe Pro-T Flash Bracket (flip bracket)