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Article  |  Misc

Our Favorite Google Chrome Extensions

29 Jun 2017

Our Favorite Google Chrome Extensions

Chrome Extensions can simplify your life in and out of the office. The right extensions can help you manage your social media, check your grammar, or give you a heads up when that game you’ve been searching for comes up on Craigslist. Here are our team's favorite Chrome extensions for development, marketing, and the whole world beyond the workplace.

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Link  |  UX

12 Principles for UX and Motion

18 Apr 2017

Video  |  Work

Video Testimonial: Streamlined, Low-Maintenance Grantmaking with Meyer Memorial Trust

11 Apr 2017

 

We're always excited to partner with local companies in Portland. It's even better when the companies we work with are actively working to improve our home state. We partnered with Meyer Memorial Trust, a Portland-based philanthropic foundation, back in 2012. Since then, we've iterated their grant management system to allow quicker and more efficient grant application and decision-making for both applicants and their internal team.

At the beginning of our partnership, Meyer Memorial's custom grant management tool had years of fixes and updates with little documentation. This resulted in a steep learning curve for new employees and grant applicants, and a high overhead cost to maintain the app.

As Meyer Memorial Trust grew to field more grant applications, they needed a flexible, scalable system with a clear path for all users. We designed and implemented user interfaces that guided potential grantees or internal staff from beginning to end.

Our collaboration with MMT was built upon simplification from the beginning. The end product is a more efficient grant management process for both applicants and admins. They can now adapt to community needs and adjust funding initiatives and programs accordingly.

In fact, Meyer Memorial Trust is preparing to give $17 million to groups creating a flourishing and equitable Oregon this spring. We're excited as Portland residents to see the result of their grants right here at home, and thrilled to continue our partnership going forward.

Article  |  Development

So...How Was Your First Week at Your Internship?

10 Apr 2017

So...How Was Your First Week at Your Internship?

After spending five months in coding school, it was great to get hands-on agency coding experience at Planet Argon. Taking the Ruby and Rails track at Epicodus gave me a breadth of knowledge and I was eager to continue learning about backend development and see bigger applications implemented with these technologies.

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Video  |  Studio

Our Office Just Got a Little Brighter...Jack Painted a Mural!

21 Mar 2017

 

We moved into our beautiful office space in North Portland a little over one year ago. We love the open floor plan and our incredible neighbors. (Shout out to Whole Bowl, who keeps us well nourished.) But our studio was still needing a little more Planet Argon flair.

Jack, our Visual Designer, stepped up to the challenge of brightening up our conference room. After a few days of planning, sketching, and painting, the white wall was replaced with a sweeping mural of Tilikum Crossing bridge. Watch the clip above to see the painting process in action – sped up to save you a few days.

Video  |  Work

Video Testimonial: A Delightful Snack-scription Service with Skoshbox

17 Mar 2017

 

The Skoshbox Japanese snack subscription box is founded on pure delight. From the initial website visit to the bright packaging and tasty products, Skoshbox sought out a cheerful and stress-free experience for their customers.

Their business quickly took off in 2014 – and their existing ordering and fulfillment process (a Frankenstein mix of Wordpress, eCommerce plugins, and lots of hard work) couldn't keep up. That's where we came in. We partnered with Skoshbox to design and build the tools they needed to scale their business.

We enhanced the Skoshbox website, maintaining their unique and vibrant aesthetic every step of the way. We also built dozens of new features, including a tighter integration between subscriptions and shop purchases, reviews, gift subscriptions, waitlists, and more.

As a result of our partnership, Skoshbox was able to increase their business exponentially, while providing a smoother experience for their customers every step of the way.

Find out more about our partnership above.


Are you an eCommerce business who needs to scale, resolve outdated errors, or keep up with your ever-growing product backlog? We can help. Click below to get in touch.

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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Article

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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