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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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Portland's 63rd Fastest Growing Private Company

17 Jun 2016

Portland's 63rd Fastest Growing Private Company

Planet Argon made the Portland Business Journal's Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list this year!

Congrats to Abby, Annie, Beth, Brian, Carl, Carlos, Casey, Charly, Corinne, Emily, Jack, John C, John L, Jonathan, Kathryn, Neil, Olivia, and Patrick. We all couldn't have done this without you. 2015 was quite an adventure. #PBJ100

Also, huge thanks to all our clients, friends, family, friendly competitors for your role in this.

We 💙 you,

Robby and Gary

Article  |  UX

What Sketch Can Learn From Fireworks

10 Jun 2016

What Sketch Can Learn From Fireworks

The designers and front-end developers at Planet Argon started transitioning from Fireworks to Sketch in early 2015. I can do most of what I want to do in the Sketch quickly, efficiently, and intuitively. There are, however, a handful of Fireworks features that I would love the Sketch developers to emulate.

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Link  |  UX

There's always a catch with 'free'

2 Jun 2016

Article  |  Development

Continuous Deployment in Rails

2 Jun 2016

Continuous Deployment in Rails

As developers, we seek tools which make our daily life easier. Over the years, our tools have improved to make one of the often complicated process of deploying our code up to various instances. Making this process as automated as possible will not only increase productivity but also prevent potentially application-breaking issues from ever getting to your remote instances.

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Article  |  Development

Puma is the preferred choice of Rails developers

2 Jun 2016

Puma is the preferred choice of Rails developers

Puma’s popularity as both a web and Rails server has shown steady growth toward the position of preferred tool for both roles. Growing out of the once-mighty Mongrel, Puma hails itself as "A Modern, Concurrent Web Server for Ruby". Showing significantly lower memory usage and response times than Unicorn and Passenger the communities support appears to be continuing to shift in its direction.

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Article  |  Development

Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

1 Jun 2016

Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

A declining but still significant percentage of respondents to Planet Argon's Rails survey (down to 16% this year, from a high of 31% in 2009) don’t use any exception notification at all on their projects. Why turn a deaf ear to an important part of your application’s health?

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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  |  Project Management

What the BLEEP is Ruby on Rails? A Project Manager's Perspective

26 May 2016

What the BLEEP is Ruby on Rails? A Project Manager's Perspective

Digital project managers (DPMs) know all the infinite details of their projects from the smallest feature updates to massive project builds or overhauls. When it comes to the development languages though, sometimes DPMs are a little in the dark, and that's ok! But if your project is built or being built using Ruby on Rails, there are some things you should know about why some developers go all googly-eyed over it. And why you, as the DPM, should too.

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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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