17 Feb 2016
17 Feb 2016
8 Feb 2016
Don't forget the the middle-man in between you and the user. You know, the company behind the product? AKA your client? Their organization? To build a successful product, it’s just as important to get to know them for a lot of reasons.
2 Feb 2016
Some time in the last year we decided that we needed to re-examine our existing core values. When we sat down to rethink this, versatility was already one of our core objectives. It’s one of our values that has stuck with us and has been relevant in our agency throughout the years.
11 Jan 2016
A developer's walkthrough for creating a custom action inside Spree Commerces internals.
4 Jan 2016
As a core value, we define proactive as actively seeking opportunities to improve our client’s products, our processes, and our abilities. What does that mean? And why is this important to us?
8 Dec 2015
As a designer, asking that simple question, ‘why?’, is very critical to my job, and one I need to ask before I start anything. Why?
4 Nov 2015
3 Nov 2015
5 Oct 2015
Last week, we unveiled the new Planet Argon logo to the team. We’re delighted to now share it with you.
13 Jul 2015
The better we understand users, the better products and services we can create. User research is a critical, yet often overlooked step in the development process. Read on for a look at a few commonly held misconceptions about user research and learn why it's more more accessible for your project than you may think.
13 Jul 2015
While the diversity of our team has improved the past few years, we have a lot of work to do.
1 Jul 2015
30 Jun 2015
A brief statement on Planet Argon's employment policy regarding marijuana consumption.
24 Jun 2015
The Portland Business Journal ranked Planet Argon as the 148th fastest-growing private company in Portland of 2014.
7 May 2015
It was a couple of years ago when I was introduced to Haml. I believe my first time working with it was on an inherited project. The markup was very unfamiliar and a bit of a pain. Why would anyone want to abstract out HTML when you could just write it normally? It initially seemed like a needless, intermediary step.
I did recognize some of it's benefits. For example, it is nice to not have to worry about closing tags and the amount of typing it could save was pretty obvious. However, the indentation and other quirks seemed like a little too much to put up with.
So I went about my day, turning my nose up at the mention of Haml. Too cool for school, right?
9 Apr 2015
6 Apr 2015
We’ve been working on a project recently in which our designs called for a hover dropdown menu that did not close until the user clicks outside of the drop-down. Creating something like this in jQuery and in a Ruby on Rails app would have been a no-brainer. But I quickly discovered it wasn’t going to be quite so straightforward in our new Ember app.
6 Apr 2015
A few of us spent Saturday helping Friends of Trees plant trees in NE Portland.
5 Feb 2015
A short story about how a seemingly harmless blog post by the folks at 37signals may have impacted the future of Planet Argon…or maybe it didn’t.
22 Jan 2015
Anyone who has used a computer keyboard as their primary tool of the trade knows the aches and pains that come with it; the achey wrists, tight forearms, stiff shoulders, maybe even some lower back pain from sitting in that “ergonomic” desk chair. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the 3pm slump? The time of day when you begin to start looking for a cookie or search for a comfy spot to take a nap.
At Planet Argon, we’re no strangers to these aches, pains and nap-attacks. That’s why we’ve started combatting it with yoga twice a week. In the afternoons, we stand up and spend about 20 minutes creating space in our joints and between our bones, stretching our muscles and breathing deeply. Every one of us has different aches, different levels of flexibility and varying experience with yoga but we all benefit from the simple action of getting up and moving around.
Some of our regular moves include:
These are some simple moves that, done with regularity, can heal and even prevent those pains and give a jolt of energy without grabbing a cookie or a quick slumber. We can do all of these without a yoga mat and it doesn’t even require you to wear stretchy pants (though you can if you want, we won’t judge).
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25 Nov 2014