Farewell IE6 – It was (not) fun while it lasted

Goodbye IE6

It has been 7 long years (and a couple months) since the release of Internet Explorer 6, along with its many rendering bugs. Some of these were fixed in IE7, and even more are fixed with the forthcoming IE8. With that said, watching the stats of visitors to this site, over 90% of you have upgraded to IE7 or other, newer browsers. At this point, I’m officially dropping support for IE6 for this site, except for problems that affect usability. This doesn’t change much for the current design, which I’m planning on sticking with for a while because I love it, but future designs and improvements to this design may not display perfectly in IE6.

Unlike some sites taking a stand against IE6, I will not block IE6 from viewing the site, but just be aware that some parts may not display perfectly if you’re using IE6. All the different pages and content will be available – the drop of support is completely aesthetic in nature. Hacks will no longer be used to make sure everything is displays perfectly in IE6.

To be sure you’re seeing this site (and others) as intended, please consider upgrading your browser. Here are some recommendations:

Internet Explorer 7 

Internet Explorer 7

Firefox 3 

Firefox

Safari 3 

Safari

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Flock

Flock

Opera

Opera

 

What Does This Mean For Clients?

With dropping support for IE6 on the Studio|chris site, I will also be dropping out of the box support for IE6 on any future or yet to launch client projects. IE6 display support may be added on for an additional fee, if needed. Once again, sites WILL display and be usable for IE6 users, they just may not display 100% as they do in a more standards compliant browser, like Firefox, due to the rendering engine bugs. Ultimately, this decision was made instead of raising prices across the board due to the growing amount of extra time (sometimes measured in days) spent to “fix” sites for IE6.

Client Website Launch: Photography by Bonnie

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I met Bonnie McCann of Photography by Bonnie a long time ago through the Digital Painting Forum. She lives in paradise in Kaneohe, HI which is literally a hop, skip and a jump from Honolulu. Given her location, Bonnie does a lot of tropical themed art and her photography ranges through nautical, aquatic, tropical and cultural themes. Stunning work – in fact, so stunning that she recently won the Grand Prize in the Artful Home’s 2008 Portfolio Competition!

In conjunction with her accomplishments, Bonnie decided it was time to toss out the old Flash template website she had been using in favor of a more classy and elegant interface that she could update quickly and easily and also included a blog and shopping cart system to sell her products online. In her list of requests for the new look was the light cyan that makes an appearance as the main content background color, a slight tropical feel (but remaining elegant) and to keep things as open as possible.

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Client Website Launch: Keane Studios, LLC

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Bill Keane, owner of Keane Studios, LCC, heard me speak at WPPI back in March of this year when Marilyn called me up on stage during her program in the Silver Ballroom at Bally’s (I should really write about that sometime – it was an awesome experience!). After the conference, Bill contacted me to totally revamp his online presence. Bill’s old site was very simple, and according to him, didn’t really suit  the “look” he’d like to put forward for his studio. He also wanted to be able to take advantage of blogging, which he wasn’t able to on his old site.

Bill’s requirements were for customers to be able to order portrait sessions on the site and we were to make use of his “signature green” and current logo. Along with the signature green, we also introduced a brand new green – the lighter green that serves as the background (I believe it was called Wasabi). Bill was great during the design process, providing color swatches, paper design patterns and samples of other websites he liked. Combining this all together, the final look combines the colors, logo, textures, and all of the other provided suggestions into a designed based on layered arcs, stripes and slightly textured backgrounds.

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Client Website Launch: Splash Designs

I recently had the pleasure of working with local artist Alice Rambo on the starter site for her new venture, Splash Designs. This is my third project with Alice. Previously, I’ve helped her create her logo, business cards and and an identifying flyer. All of them, if I say so myself, have turned out great, and Alice has been thrilled.

For her beginning website, Alice didn’t need anything very complex. She basically wanted something that introduced her to the community along with a few samples of her paintings. With her love of color and spontaneity, we started with a vibrant background taken from one of Alice’s abstract paintings, which matches the styling of one of the accent walls in her studio. On top of it, we’ve added various design elements taken directly from her business cards and other marketing materials along with her splashy logo and several paintings chosen by Alice.

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Business Cards

Before the website, as mentioned above, Alice commissioned her business cards with the idea that they should be “fun” and have some representation of a splash to accompany her business’ name. Sure, we could have done a traditional paint splat, but that wouldn’t fit Alice’s larger than life personality. During an in-person consultation, we came up with a conceptual “splash” that does bring in some specks of a normal paint splash, but adds so much more with swirls and modern flourishes.

The end result is a card designed in Adobe InDesign CS3 for traditional one-color printing. For her first round, Alice chose to use a lively aqua-cyan ink (which ties into the color of her website background), and they look fabulous printed on a double-sided glossy card! She really likes the fact that as the blue cards begin to run out, or if she’s ready for a quick change, she can just have another batch printed in another color to keep things nice and fresh.

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↑ Logo Side | Information Side ↓

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Last Call for the Blogging Workshop

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The much awaited Blogging with WordPress for Creative Professionals at the ASTA workshop is coming up very soon (October 3 & 4)! This is going to be an awesome two days all about online marketing through blogging – and with attendees flying in from all over the country, you can bet it is going to be good!

As part of a marathon of workshops in the beginning of October, the evening before the blogging workshop (October 2 – 6-9pm), Alyson B. Stanfield, the Art Biz Coach, and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! will be giving a one night only workshop designed to “give you inspiration and motivation, along with ideas that you can use to promote yourself and sell more art.” For more information, go have a look at Alyson’s introduction to the program. ONLY 2 SEATS LEFT!

Directly after the Blogging Workshop (October 5 – 7), Marilyn has scheduled a Beginner’s workshop for Corel Painter – the Fall Painter Blast. This one is going to be a lot of fun (and is already sold out).

Registration for both open events is available in the Digital Painting Shop – limited spots left, so run over and make your reservation before the seats run out!

4 Painter Lab Tutorials Posted in the Shop

For those of you who may have missed the first session of Painter Lab at Digital Art Academy, I’ve added a set of tutorials directly from the class to the Studio|chris Shop. The specific tutorials added cover the following topics:

Since these are taken directly from the class, this is the closest thing to being there outside of, well, being there! I’ve also packaged them all up into a 4-pack if you’d like to grab all of them at once – at a discount over purchasing them separately!

Prepare a sketch

Create a brush

Multiple clone sources

Textures galore

In the future, more tutorials will be added as sessions of the course come to a close, with each set coming a few weeks after the course end.

Just like in the class, I encourage all of you to not worry so much with following everything to the letter, but instead apply the steps to you own workflow to create your own unique creations.

Server Move Complete

If you’re seeing this post, the server move has been completed. While I have tested everything to make sure everything works as it should, I may have missed something. If you do notice something strange, please let me know either via a comment here or via the contact page.