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Article  |  Leadership

Hello, Curious – Our New Core Value

17 Apr 2017

Hello, Curious – Our New Core Value

Our core values drive every decision we make as a company – like who we hire and what projects we take on. Recently, we made a change to our core values to reflect our beliefs. Here's what we changed, and how we're implementing it in our day to day work.

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Link  |  UX

What Might We Expect in 2017

4 Jan 2017

Article  |  Misc

Creating Templates with Google Drive

13 Dec 2016

Creating Templates with Google Drive

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.

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Link  |  UX

A Helpful Jargon Guide

11 Nov 2016

Article  |  UX

Getting Great Clients: More than Just Luck?

18 Oct 2016

Getting Great Clients: More than Just Luck?

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.

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Article  |  UX

How to Find the Right Designer for Your Project

18 Oct 2016

How to Find the Right Designer for Your Project

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.

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Link  |  Development

Oh My Zsh: The Most Popular Productivity Tool on GitHub

17 Oct 2016

Article  |  Project Management

How We Communicate

6 Oct 2016

How We Communicate

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.

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Article  |  Development

Why We Moved Our Site Off of Squarespace

21 Sep 2016

Why We Moved Our Site Off of Squarespace

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.

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Video  |  Work

Video Testimonial: Screaming Circuits

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.

Article  |  Work

Designing for Energy and Positivity: Wheel House

4 Aug 2016

Designing for Energy and Positivity: Wheel House

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.

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Article  |  UX

Which Festival Does UX Best?

1 Aug 2016

Which Festival Does UX Best?

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.

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Article  |  UX

Portland Home Buying: A UX Perspective on Listings

24 Jun 2016

Portland Home Buying: A UX Perspective on Listings

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.

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Link  |  UX

There's always a catch with 'free'

2 Jun 2016

Article  |  Work

A Redesign for the Future

1 Jun 2016

A Redesign for the Future

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.

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Article  |  Work

Redesigning a 10 Year Old Storefront with EmberJS

25 May 2016

Redesigning a 10 Year Old Storefront with EmberJS

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.

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Article  |  Strategy

Overcoming 5 Obstacles for Health Care Providers

23 May 2016

Overcoming 5 Obstacles for Health Care Providers

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.

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Video  |  Work

Video Testimonial: Oregonian / OregonLive

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.

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