Market Share by Net Applications is an excellent resource for web designers and developers. They track trends and usage both of web browser applications and of operating systems and resolutions - information that is invaluable in determining design standards. As a designer, you have to make standards choices as to what trends you follow and what systems your final product will support. Depending on who your audience is, what your company identity is like, and how much time and money you want (or have) to spend, there are a myriad of levels to design standardization. Maximum accessibility through design and cross-platform / cross-resolution support is always the ideal, but there are reasons why a designer might choose not to pursue all ends to their fullest, and as long as your reason isn't, "Everyone should just upgrade or switch to my favorite standard to make design easier for me," there is no true wrong answer. Always remember, it is you as a designer who bends and works to bring information and products to as many people as possible, not the end user who bends to your needs. Do your best to provide the greatest amount of compatibility achievable whatever the need or circumstance of your client.
Work continues on the full redesign here at IgnisArt. My main site is coming along nicely and just needs content worked in. It's been browser cross tested in the following applications so far: IE 5.5, IE6.0, IE7.0, IE 8.0, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, KMeleon, and Avant. Whew! Only a web designer would be crazy enough to have that many browsers installed on their system(s). I'll be sorting through the ghosts of projects past over the next week or so to choose what will be showcased in the Artwork and Web Design sections. Things have been extremely busy for me lately, which has in fact been part of the impetus for changing the site in the first place. My old design was beautiful but took longer to update, and right now ease of use and speed in content managing are my main focus. The new site, like the old, makes use of PHP, CSS, HTML, and artistic imagery, but this time around the site will draw much more heavily on the CSS and PHP to streamline. I'm also using the wonderful tool - Wordpress - to manage this blog. I've been extremely impressed with it so far as I'm going through the back end and customizing. It's easy to use and allows as much customization as you want. That's all for now. If you're poking about the site for the next few weeks there might be times things seem a bit off, or it looks like something is missing. It's all just part of the redesign process! Soon the site will be full and ready and all will be well.