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Article  |  Development

WTF is a SWAG?

30 Jan 2017

WTF is a SWAG?

SWAG is the first step in a web development partnership – and we don’t mean style. See what questions we ask ourselves and our potential clients before calculating our ballpark project estimates.

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How New Eyes can Refresh a Stale Project

24 Jan 2017

How New Eyes can Refresh a Stale Project

In our initial calls with potential design partners, one of the first phrases we often hear is: I think we just need a fresh set of eyes on this project. Here's a few reasons outside perspectives are beneficial for refreshing a tired design.

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Article  |  Leadership

6 Reasons Not to Hire Planet Argon

10 Jan 2017

6 Reasons Not to Hire Planet Argon

We’ve partnered with incredible companies in dozens of different verticals: subscription snack services, spin studios, event venues, and technology companies, just to name a few. Our redesign and development abilities translate beyond one industry. But we aren’t the right fit for every project. Here are six reasons you shouldn't hire Planet Argon. It's not you, it's us.

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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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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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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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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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