Designer’s Block 3 ways to conquer and create

Designing websites is a time-consuming and often tedious process. It takes patience, attention to the most minute details, and the ability to surrender control, accepting that your creation is an evolving organism that will never fit perfectly into your carefully-crafted mold.

Just like any creative endeavor that requires a balance of expertise, problem-solving skills, and raw intuition, sometimes the mysterious process of creation gets curiously derailed. And regardless of whether you’re tackling a new project or you’re weeks or months into a complex one, Designer’s Block—the feeling of being completely out of ideas—is frustrating and inconvenient.

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IE8 support dwindling

How long will we need to fully support IE8? It’s about 10% of our traffic now but with no media query support, and our push for responsive designs, we’d like not to (we’re not using respond.js). I had thought IE8 would die a slow death like IE6—since you can’t upgrade IE8 on Windows XP (still a large market share) and it got into installs of Windows 7—but other factors may speed it’s demise. One is . Another is in less than a month, on 11/15/2012, Google will discontinue suport for IE8 for all Google Apps services. With Google leading, others may follow. Google is recommending Google Toolbar for IE which includes Google Chrome Frame (GCF).

We’re already supporting GCF via our htaccess () and we should be seeing GCF activity increase in our Google Analytics. On a related note, back in June, jQuery announced v.2 would not support OldIE (IE6/7/8) then clarified v1.9 would, and would be supported “As long as oldIE is a significant factor on the web.” Time will tell.

Links I emailed my kids ’cause they’re that good

Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of sharing links with my children via email. I’ve always shared with them but usually just when we’re all in front of my laptop. Links get saved to Delicious and tagged as “kids” but I wanted to see if we could get more out of the experience by having a dialog. So far, I have to prompt them to read it and comment back to me. We’ll see how this social experiment goes. In the meantime, here’s some of what I’ve shared:

Some more interesting video (not shared with the kids):