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McMenamins Homepage Redesign

1 Aug 2013

McMenamins is a regional establishment that runs several restaurants, bars, music venues, theaters and more that are all steeped in history. The McMenamins homepage on their website was on it way to becoming a relic of a by-gone era. That is when we stepped in to pull this popular page out of the history books and into the present.

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Article  |  Development

Web Dev Workshop Announced!

25 Feb 2013

Planet Argon will hold its first Modern Web Dev workshop on May 6, 2013 in Portland, OR at the historic Kennedy School. This workshop will focus on new and emerging front-end development techniques including Bootstrap, SCSS, Jekyll and Github.

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2012: Year in Review

9 Jan 2013

Article  |  UX

7 Ways to Annoy Users on Your Web Forms

13 Nov 2012


“What are the most annoying things you encounter when filling out a web form?” was a recent tweet posted by our Chief Evangelist and it got me thinking. Web forms are the one interaction you are most likely forced to deal with more regularly than you’d like; to sign up for that online service, join that social community, or just because completing the goal online is easier than offline. Usually it’s easier to buy that airline ticket online, instead of picking up the phone and calling that surely booking agent. Buying a ticket to that show should be more convenient than standing in a line at the box office. And yet, sometimes the online process can actually make it more complicated, frustrating, or maybe even impossible. Why is that? In many cases, it all comes down to frustrations with the web forms. Prompted by the tweet, we set out to uncover not only the most annoying things you encounter in web forms, but how they can be remedied.

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Article  |  Strategy

Google Analytics: Learning to Track Behavior within a Lightbox

6 Nov 2012

I’ve used Google Analytics, like most of you, I’m sure. But to be honest, I’ve always been slightly overwhelmed with it, too. I know there are a lot of analytics options out there, like Chartbeat for real-time, user-friendly information, and Crazyegg for interesting visuals like heatmaps for click-through rates and scrolling patterns. But, despite some hardships, Google Analytics has always felt like that trusty old friend…that one that talks too much. You know the type. The friend that gives just a little too much detail to a story to successfully get the point across (and you’re lucky if you don’t get sidetracked into some sort of tangent).

my representation of google analytics

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Link  |  UX

Step by Step: How does your checkout process add up?

5 Sep 2012

Link  |  UX

Put an Interface On it!

31 Aug 2012

Article  |  UX

PDX Mayoral Race: Who will win...from a UX perspective?

30 Aug 2012

I know what you might be thinking. This is a post about which Portland mayoral candidate I think might/should win this November. It’s not. I am by no means a political consultant. I don’t follow polls. And furthermore, I never like to talk politics (with strangers at least).

But what I do like to talk about is user experience design. And inspired by this recent article on the mobile differences between our two presidential candidates, I decided to take it local and conduct a quick usability audit on the sites of Portland’s mayoral candidates, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith.

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Article  |  UX

What I learned at UX Bootcamp

14 Aug 2012


At the beginning of this month, I was fortunate enough to attend the Cooper UX Boot Camp. What is unique about this course is that Cooper partners with a non-profit to identify a need they have and, in turn, give the class a real-world problem to work towards resolving. In the end, teams may “compete” for the best idea, but everyone walks away with a clearer idea of the process and the chosen non-profit walks away with all of the ideas AND a donation in the name of the winning team.

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Article  |  Work

School’s Out...For Now

17 Jul 2012


As Alice Cooper put it so eloquently, school may be out for summer, but it’s most certainly not forever. While kids are busy with summer activities and teachers are taking their much needed breaks, some of us have been busy. With our design help TCI, a K-12 publishing company, released their new online tools for students and teachers, primed and ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Article  |  Work

Welcome to the FamilyLink Network!

10 Jul 2012


We’re so very proud and excited to announce that our project with partners iKare has launched! An idea that was more than a year in the making, the FamilyLink connects families and friends to their loved ones through a device that shares photos, videos chats, messages, but more importantly provide an ease of mind.

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Planet Argon launches FamilyLink

10 Jul 2012

Planet Argon recently helped launch FamilyLink, a device and service that enables caregivers and family members of older generations to interact with and monitor their loved ones remotely, while also maintaining the senior’s ability to live independently at home.

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Sneak Peek of TCI Work

6 Jun 2012

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