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Monthly Update March

Just a quick March update and some up coming news. Things are moving quickly in 2014, and the blog is slowly growing. Thanks to all the new sign ups, followers, and folks following the rss feed and the various social networking sites that New Aeon Design is on. I plan on getting a lot more tutorials up shortly. Expect some Gimp stuff, and Inkscape stuff coming soon. I’d also like to add some html and css code as soon as I can find some time.

bg-fractal-5-spaceI got my first graphics pack up on the main website. It’s a trippy, psychedelic graphic pack of seamless backgrounds and textures for website backgrounds or any trippy graphics projects you might be working on.  The project was a lot of fun to work on, and the designs were created by running various fractals through different filters and adding different backgrounds like stars and stuff. The graphic shown is one of my favorites from the set, feel free to use it and if you do and you like it why not consider downloading the rest of the pack . The pack is available for only $1.95 and can be downloaded instantly through payloadz. The file is in zip format, and the images are 250 x 250 px in jpg format. I’m also working on a way to incorporate Bitcoin payments for all you crypto currency fans.

Bitcoin_logoOn that note , you may have noticed the Bitcoin tip jar on the sidebar. I decided to get involved in Bitcoin a little. I’m a bit sceptical of the crypto currency but feel that it’s worth getting involved with as an alternative payment method. I think eventually a decentralized crypto currency for the internet is inevitable, and I’d like to learn as much about it now, than later when I’m trying to play catch up with everyone else. So, I’ll be posting about Bitcoin from time to time and I have a few surprises in store for fans of the crypto currency.

With all that said, thanks again for following and supporting The Design Blog. I’m gonna get creating some content now. Hope you check out my first graphics pack, and I’ll talk to ya all soon !

 

 

Internet Explorer Get On Board

IEsadWhat’s up with Internet Explorer. We have the W3C World Wide Web Consortium and we even have validator services now. Yes HTML and CSS have come a very long way, but for a major company like Microsoft I really don’t understand why its so hard to play ball with the rest of the team.

I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way, or is tired of creating wonderful designs, only to discover the design works great in every browser BUT Internet Explorer. This has been a Microsoft problem from the beginning. They expect the whole world to bend over backwards for Microsoft and play ball by their rules.Even with the W3C as a guideline for the rest of us, Microsoft expects us to write special code just for their products. Yes, it can be fixed by creating a special style sheet just for the IE browser, but really ! Is this what we should be doing ?

Maybe if enough designers and web surfers alike demand Microsoft play ball with the rest of us, then they will indeed change. As a designer maybe we should charge extra for the IE style sheet. As a surfer refuse to use IE products. As designers we can place the W3C validation button on the bottom of every page, and add a link that says if this page isn’t loading correctly download a browser that meets the W3C standard with a link to Chrome or a Mozilla product.

This topic especially hits home with me because I don’t use any Microsoft products. I test my pages in Chrome, Firefox and Konqueror and they always look so much better than in I.E. When I try something new, I’ll also test on a friends Mac Book and their browsers. Although this is really nothing more than a rant, I would love to see an organized Internet campaign to push people away from IE products or at least help Microsoft realize the error of their ways.

The good news is, the times they are a changing. When I look at at my server stats now, compared to server stats from ten years ago, the majority of users are using better browsers, and IE products seem to account for about 20 to 30 percent of my users browsers. Compared to ten years ago when Microsoft still had about a 70% market share of browser traffic. You would think they would start getting the hint. Maybe, with a little push from all of us, we can get that number down to a little less than 10% and not only get Microsoft to play fair, but also educate web surfers, and customers alike on the W3C HTML CSS standards.

If You Use Internet Explorer See The Difference For Yourself

Firefox

Chrome

Making Time For Design

Things have been real busy. Sitting around drinking some wine and playing around with Gimp I realized that no matter how busy things get you have to make time for yourself. Even if you just put an evening aside to do the type of design work you enjoy doing while sipping a half way decent bottle of wine. Playing around with fractals in Gimp, or creating a silly graphic to share on your favorite social networking site.
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