4 Jan 2017
4 Jan 2017
13 Dec 2016
Do you use Google Drive for your everyday documents and spreadsheets? Wish you could just have a template for those files (instead of opening an old file and creating a copy)? Well, now you can (again). Google recently announced they were bringing back team templates. And this post walks you through how to take advantage of that feature.
11 Nov 2016
20 Oct 2016
In web application design and development, there is no shortage of ideas and opinions on how to effectively manage clients and projects. But as a client, do you feel you have clear expectations of how to work with an agency and how they might work with you? There are different ways to kick off a project, different sets of tools for collaborating, and different styles of communicating; this post breaks down what we believe works best.
19 Oct 2016
Find yourself asking, “how do I go about redesigning an application?” We can help, if even just to get you off on the right start. Here’s a few things to help you prepare.
18 Oct 2016
The best clients are the ones that trust our expertise and seek our input on ideas, but aren’t afraid to poke holes when needed. They collaborate on ideas without pushing their needs over those of their users. They also make time when needed. But I’d argue luck has nothing to do with having a great client. Rather, it’s how you enable them to be great. And as a designer, that’s an important part of my role in a project.
18 Oct 2016
Are you considering hiring a web designer or agency to help you with your web project? That’s great! But how are you making your decision? Considering there are plenty of options, from freelancer to design house to full service agency, here are a few things to look for when considering who to hire.
17 Oct 2016
6 Oct 2016
Who you work with and talk to definitely matters because it will determine how successfully you will be able to communicate about project matters. It will determine how well you trust your agency with your idea, and in turn, how well they feel their expertise is appreciated and understood in the room. Any communication style can work successfully. We talk about which works best for us.
21 Sep 2016
Early this year, we launched a redesign of our website on Squarespace. After a few months, we had a handful of features we loved, but also a lot of roadblocks we were tired of maneuvering around. So we faced another decision, move off or add more development time into making it work. This story is about what we learned, and why we said goodbye to Squarespace.
31 Aug 2016
Duane Benson and Adriel Henderson from the Screaming Circuits team share the past challenges they were facing with their application, their experience working alongside Planet Argon’s team, and how our redesign of Screaming Circuits has put them ahead of their competition.
4 Aug 2016
When our friends at Wheel House approached us, they had a site that worked, but wasn’t what they had envisioned. It got the job done, but it lacked the positive experience they provided in the studio and the functionality they needed for their customers. This post describes the challenges at hand, and the opportunities and solutions we found when redesigning www.wheelhouse-sf.com.
1 Aug 2016
When summertime comes, it’s a chance to get outside – barbecues, picnics, swimming, hiking, camping. And for many, it also means summer music festivals. Festivals of all genres and interests are organized every year around the world and are inseparable from the technology that makes it all happen. And it’s not just the technology that appears at the festival (like jumbo screens and holograms of dead artists). It’s also how we connect to the festival, before and during the event, that completes the experience. From schedules, to buying tickets, this is a comparison of the online experience of a few well-known (and some unknown) festivals.
24 Jun 2016
For those who are in the process of buying a house, receiving your region’s multiple listing service (RMLS) via email is a common way of getting real time updates on houses that match your criteria. This post examines some of the issues I’ve experienced first hand using this information, and some solutions that might make the experience a little more enjoyable.
2 Jun 2016
1 Jun 2016
Our work with the Portland-based Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) recently launched and the first applications to enter its new system are making their way to MMT this month! In this post, we wanted to share our process for building the grant management database, the lessons we learned, and the result of almost three years of working together with MMT.
25 May 2016
Earlier this year we helped our partners at Screaming Circuits launch a new web application using Ember.js as the client-side framework. In this project, we designed and implemented a more robust quoting engine and account service center, integrated support content into a helpful, organized resource center, and allowed for more engaging marketing content to tell the Screaming Circuit story. This post dives into the project’s needs, solution, challenges, and takeaways.
23 May 2016
Unfortunately for America’s health care system, things haven’t been simple for a while. Providers face issues that cost time and money; consequently, the general population is adversely affected. Here are some (of many) obstacles that medical professionals confront regularly and ways we as designers and developers can help.
20 May 2016
In this post, I’ll explain what a requirement is and why it’s important. Then I’ll help you build a requirements document by providing a list of questions you should answer. So the next time you are asked for your project requirements, you are 100% prepared.
5 May 2016
Agile is one of the hottest buzzwords around today. Here’s what it’s all about, how we do it at Planet Argon, and some tips for you to work with this approach.
27 Apr 2016
27 Apr 2016
I have a confession.
Please don’t place blame or judge too harshly - and hear me out.
My name is Annie, and I overuse lightboxes.
31 Mar 2016
Steve Suo and Grant Butler from the Oregonian/OregonLive share their experience of working with our team and the results of our redesigned Recipe Box; from a more inspiring and searchable application, to an increase in traffic, to simultaneously freeing up their staff time to focus on the content they serve to customers.
2 Mar 2016
Although there are regulations and complicated processes to contend with, is designing useful health care apps so different from designing other types of applications? Other industries, services, and companies are increasingly embracing technology and improving user experiences every day. And yet the management of our health and wellbeing seems to be quite far behind.
Is it such a unique field that we can’t apply any of our design expertise? I don’t believe so, and here’s why...
1 Mar 2016
Redesigning for digital health care will be a hurdle that we need to overcome. Here are just a few main points to show what’s at stake if we ignore or wait for someone else to figure it out.