13 Aug 2015
13 Aug 2015
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.
8 Jun 2015
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?
6 May 2015
22 Apr 2015
8 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.
2 Apr 2015
Our friends at Sticker Mule recently began selling wall graphics. Here’s our first.
16 Mar 2015
16 Mar 2015
Don't discourage jargon use in your domain. Embrace it. Teach it. Invent it. Help your users learn it and find chances to use it.
For years, I have been convincing myself that we need to speak in non-industry terms with our clients so that we don't alienate them. Now I am left wondering if we've just created a new problem.
13 Mar 2015
in general the report found that young and educated people are attracted to Portland because it’s a 'place where people come to live, recreate, and do business—differently.'
There isn't a week that goes by that I don't wonder if I would have been able to help build a company like Planet Argon in another city. There's something in the water here.
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.
27 Jan 2015
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).
22 Dec 2014
Earlier this year, I had the good fortune of seeing Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. speak at TEDxPortland. This short documentary series that Vans put together captures him in his element. Totally worth your time to watch these.
18 Dec 2014
Our partners at New Relic sent us some new shirts. Thanks!
16 Dec 2014
Our friends at Engine Yard sent us a box of goodies. Happy Holidays!
24 Oct 2014
Am convinced that an ideal team size is one that can still fit together on a park carousel.
25 Aug 2014