A New "Recipe Box"

4 Nov 2015

Just in time for the holidays, we are excited to announce the launch of the new Recipe Box by Oregonian|OregonLive; a redesigned, responsive site that allows users to easily search and find the publication’s collection of recipes.

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Thoughts on Portland's Responsive Field Day

3 Nov 2015

A handful of weeks ago, a handful of us had the awesome opportunity to attend Portland’s Responsive Field Day; a one day conference on responsive design mirrored after Responsive Day Out— a conference put on by Jeremy Keith and Clearleft in the UK. Here's what we had to say.

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Getting on board with themes

14 Oct 2015

Turning our attention to our main concern, the pyramid

5 Oct 2015

Last week, we unveiled the new Planet Argon logo to the team. We’re delighted to now share it with you.

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Ember 2.x has been released

13 Aug 2015

User Research Is Unnecessary and Other Such Myths

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.

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Why we signed the Portland Tech Diversity Pledge

13 Jul 2015

While the diversity of our team has improved the past few years, we have a lot of work to do.

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Catchup with James Anderson, Planet Argon's youngest intern

1 Jul 2015

I got to catchup recently with James Anderson, aka @_jamesaanderson, who was Planet Argon's youngest intern at 14 in 2013 to find out what he's been up to since then.

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Our Employment Policy on Marijuana

30 Jun 2015

A brief statement on Planet Argon's employment policy regarding marijuana consumption.

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Planet Argon named 148th fastest-growing private company in Portland

24 Jun 2015

The Portland Business Journal ranked Planet Argon as the 148th fastest-growing private company in Portland of 2014.

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A hands-on intro to building modern web applications with Elixir and Phoenix

8 Jun 2015

Haml - A Change of Heart

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?

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6 May 2015

The 'Back to Top' Elevator

22 Apr 2015

Sending actions to your Ember Components.

8 Apr 2015

How to create an 'off' click event - the Ember way

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.

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Planet Argon loves Friends of Trees

6 Apr 2015

A few of us spent Saturday helping Friends of Trees plant trees in NE Portland.

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Vinyl Wall Graphics via Sticker Mule

2 Apr 2015

Vinyl Wall Graphics via Sticker Mule

Our friends at Sticker Mule recently began selling wall graphics. Here’s our first.

Badass Users Book Trailer

16 Mar 2015

Badass Users Book Trailer from Seriouspony on Vimeo.

Kathy Sierra put together her own book trailer using stock videos.

Embrace the jargon

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.

Kathy Sierra from Badass: Making Users Awesome

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.

Portland: Opportunities and Challenges as an Evolving Tech Hub

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.'

Skip Newberry, Technology Assoc. of Oregon from Evolving Portland’s Tech Economy: Livability and Stewardship Is Key

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.

Before Dawn: Don’t fear the Sunrise

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.

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The Official Planet Argon List o' Favorites 2014

27 Jan 2015

Yoga on Planet Argon

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).

Watch this short documentary about Aaron Draplin in his element

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.