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Using Ptengine to Track Website Analytics

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If you have a website – and chances are that you manage several – you know and understand the importance of good analytics. Understanding the numbers and use of your site by visitors is key to creating, designing and developing a site that will keep visitors coming back and clicking around.

But with so many analytics options out there, how do you know what to choose? Sometimes the answer goes beyond the basic information you can get from Google Analytics. Today, we are taking a look at one of these services – Ptengine – and how it can work for you.

September 22nd, 2014 Posted in Business
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This Week in Design: Sept. 19, 2014

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Are you learning something new in your career? How are you working to push the boundaries of design? Those are things that good designers do. This week, we look at one of the guiding voices in web design since the earliest days of the Internet, ways to be student for life and a few bits of food for thought this week in design.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

September 20th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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The Creative Market Super Deluxe Bundle: 60 Items for Only $39!

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Creative Market has pulled in some of their most talented shop owners to bring you another amazing bundle of goods. The Super Deluxe Bundle includes 60 items worth $694, for just $39. That’s 94% off the original cost of these items!

This deal is too good to stick around though, it’ll be gone in seven days. Grab it before it goes, or read on to find out a bit more about what’s included — everything from fonts and icons, to mockup packs, hero images, and more.

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Deals
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Design Dilemma: Why Won’t People Share Their Contacts?

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As working professionals, we owe it to our industry to mentor those just entering the field so they can become great… and not screw it up for the rest of us by lowering rates and giving creatives a bad name. But, there’s a point of helping that’s too far, when it could impact long relationships and trust built over one’s entire career.

There’s little to no give-and-take when it comes to introductions or allowing someone to use your name for their own advancement, when you don’t really know them. Unfortunately, those who ask for these favors rarely understand why you can’t take them by the hand and shove them on top of a long-time, trusted client or friend.

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Design Dilemma
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Every Design Needs Three Levels of Typographic Hierarchy

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One of the most important elements for people looking at anything you design is the type. It needs to be clear and readable and it should direct users through a design, from most important elements to least.

And that, in a nutshell, explains typography hierarchy. But to really master the art of type, you need to understand how to layer type throughout a design to achieve maximum impact. Read on to learn how to master typography hierarchy and create effective type in every project.

September 15th, 2014 Posted in Typography
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This Week in Design: Sept. 12, 2014

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An essential part of what makes someone connect with design is emotion and feeling. And these are two things that can be hard to predict, describe and design. But there is a little science behind emotion and feeling and why you might react a certain way, and that’s our focus this week in design.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

September 12th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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This Week in Design: Sept. 5, 2014

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I’ve been bouncing all over the place this week, and this week in design reflects that. From a list of ways to develop more effective media queries to a great look at design contest winners to the evolution of the beacon and design, there’s a design smorgasbord in store for you.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

September 5th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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Design Dilemma: Are Creative Temp Agencies Idiots?

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Temporary placement agencies get a bad rap from many freelance creatives. Some for good, or rather bad reasons and others because freelancers don’t understand the subtleties involved with these agencies. Understanding the good, the bad, and the ugly is one way of better dealing with temp firms… or avoiding them!

Join us as we delve into another investigative Design Dilemma, helping to answer your questions, queries and concerns about the murky world of design.

September 3rd, 2014 Posted in Design Dilemma
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What Is a Font License? (And Do I Need One?)

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Almost every design project you encounter will include type of some kind. And it’s very likely that that type will start as a font on a computer, unless you create it yourself. With using specific computer fonts, come some very specific rules regarding their use, which can vary by project.

So what is a font license? Do you need one? And where can you find the tools and resources you need to make sure you are using fonts properly? Lucky for you, we have a primer. (And the images in this post include fonts that you can license to use in your projects.)

September 2nd, 2014 Posted in Typography
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This Week in Design: August 29, 2014

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Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just feel like you need some career advice? The end of summer always feels like the right time. There’s no upcoming vacation to look forward to and the end of the year is often busy. So this week in design, we have varying bits of career advice to help you make the most of the last months of 2014.

Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net.

August 29th, 2014 Posted in This Week in Design
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