The Ambiguous Hamburger Icon: Is The Icon Mystery Meat To Users?

Updated on February 18, 2014

Hamburger Icon

The Hamburger Icon

The hamburger icon is a popular icon used by designers to represent a hidden navigation menu that will appear when the user clicks on the icon.

Many designers believe that the icon has achieved universal status and that users understand what the icon represents. Many large websites and brands rely on it from Google to Starbucks.

I believe the icon is far from being universally recognized. If we must use the icon we need to take some additional steps to make it more clear to the user where the hidden menu is located.


Squarespace Logo Is Not A Threat To Designers

Squarespace, a popular platform that offers website templates and hosting, recently launched a new service called Squarespace Logo. This  service is a tool that allows you to quickly and easily design logos. Their pricing structure is very cheap and creating a logo is intuitive and simple.

Squarespace Logo's pricing options

Squarespace Logo’s pricing options

Many in the design community are fuming over Squarespace Logo and what it could mean for the future of design. A quick search of the hashtag #squarespacelogo on Twitter reveals that some designers feel like the easy to use software devalues design.

(Quick sidebar: Some of the logos that people have created are hilarious.)

I think that Squarespace Logo and other tools like it are nothing for designers to be concerned about. Keep reading to find out why.


How to edit, crop, and split hidden songs out of tracks in iTunes

If you’re like me, you hate the extra junk that some artists put at the beginning and end of tracks.

If you’re also like me you hate the “hidden track” that artists stick on to the end of their albums. Why should we deal with 10 minutes of silence before another song starts playing? Why not just make it a track on the album? Why is the hidden track always one of the best songs on the album? These are questions that used to keep me awake at night, but I can rest easier once I found out you can easily crop and edit songs in iTunes.

The solution is to take a track that has a hidden song, crop out the useless bit of silence and split it into two songs in iTunes.


What to do when Your Google Analytics Account Number is Stolen

One problem with Google Analytics is that your account number is viewable to anyone. To see any site’s Google Analytics account all you need to do is simply view source and find the GA code.

It’s so easy to find anyone’s account number that you may find yourself viewing your analytics one day and see some strange behavior. Read this post to see if your Google Analytics account has been hijacked and how to fix it.


Using the Canonical Tag to Deal with Duplicate Content

The problem with many sites is that they have pages that are identical or nearly identical. This can happen when your site has many categories, paths, and dynamic data.

The solution is to use the canonical tag. The canonical tag is a tag used to tell search engines which version of a page is the desired or preferred version.

Canonical Tag Shows the Way

You want to be clear to search engines which version of the page they should index because if you have many versions of the same page then that page is unlikely to rank well at all.

 


Six Benefits of Responsive Web Design

Pierre Far, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, has announced that Google is recommending responsive web design for use with mobile devices. Read the official announcement on the Official Google Webmaster Central blog. Bing also recommends responsive web design.

Google has this to say:

Sites that use responsive web design, i.e. sites that serve all devices on the same set of URLs, with each URL serving the same HTML to all devices and using just CSS to change how the page is rendered on the device. This is Google’s recommended configuration.


How To Add More Google Analytics Accounts After You Reach The Limit

So you’ve reached the dreaded 25 account limit in Google Analytics. You will see something like the error message below:

Account Limit Reached

You have reached the limit of 25 accounts. Please reach out to your Google Analytics support contact for assistance.


6 Google Analytics Gotchas

Google Analytics is a great tool for tracking your web analytics. It’s a must if you want to keep track of visitors and their habits on your website. It does have some quirky functionality that you will want to be aware of.


Guide To Tracking Multiple Subdomains In Google Analytics

Updated on February 18th, 2014

Tracking multiple subdomains in Google Analytics is a little tricky since there is no “easy” button to push. You will need to configure analytics properly to track and display data correctly.

In this guide you will learn how to install Google Analytics to properly track subdomains and configure Google Analytics to best display the subdomain data.