PLANET ARGON blog

Happy Birthday Carl!

16 Jul 2012

Happy Birthday Carl!

Today we celebrated Carl’s birthday!

Correction – Today, we celebrated having missed Carl’s birthday, which was yesterday. Carl, being a good sport, promised that he would one day be able to move on past this disappointment, and hopefully lead a life similar to the one he had before.

Make It Happen: YACHT

13 Jul 2012

Make It Happen: YACHT

Was pleasantly amused to see this appear on YACHT’s Instagram feed a few weeks ago. Perhaps you’ve heard their music before.

They #MakeItHappen.

Summer is here!

20 Jun 2012

Summer is here!

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere… have a lovely summer!

Thanks $WEBEX_CON_EMAIL

4 Jun 2012

Thanks $WEBEX_CON_EMAIL

Dear WebEX,

We’ve been testing out a few conference systems and first went with WebEX as several of our clients/partners seem to use it, but after a few calls, it seemed like a lot of moaning and groaning on our end about having to navigate their UI.

We’ve since settled on GoToMeeting as their tools/interface feel much easier to interact with.

So, today… I went through your cancellation process, which required me to call and wait on hold for 20 minutes, talk with one of your agents, explain why we wanted to cancel, turn down their offer for free training of using their tool, and eventually wait for my confirmation email. I’ve gone ahead and provided it for you.

I’ll give you some credit though. When I first compared WebEX vs GoToMeeting, I found your marketing/sales pitch to be more compelling, so pulled my credit card out for you first. However, once you gave me access to my new account, It was nothing but headaches and annoyances for the team. Very difficult tools to interact with… the epitome of a web tool designed by technical people who lack much empathy for the end-user. I worry that you’re losing a lot of customers for similar reasons… and would encourage you to have some of your usability experts focus on your online scheduling/planning tools as it was too painful for us to work with.

Sincerely,
$FIRST_NAME

Clients visiting

18 May 2012

Clients visiting

We had Andy Sanders from Contiki visit with us for a few days this week. This morning, Gary and I took him for a hike in the Columbia Gorge and stopped by Multnomah Falls.

Thanks for visiting Andy, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

New studio distraction

3 May 2012

New studio distraction

I’ve been wanting one in our studio for years…

Brighton Pier

23 Apr 2012

Brighton Pier

While in the UK last week, Joshua and I took a day trip to Brighton.

Visiting Contiki

17 Apr 2012

Visiting Contiki

Noticed our poster made it up on our client’s wall in London. #MakeItHappen

update It’s now available on our shop!

Heading to London

12 Apr 2012

Heading to London

Hello!

Joshua and I are en route to London to visit with clients.

We’ll be around until April 20th, so if you’re looking for an opportunity to meet with us to discuss your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Monday Morning Meetings

9 Apr 2012

Monday Morning Meetings

Sometimes they feel like this… as opposed to this.

Keep Calm

9 Apr 2012

Keep Calm

Finally got our new poster framed. :-)

Jack and Brian

9 Apr 2012

Jack and Brian

Jack and Brian figuring out shit for one of our new mobile projects.

Memory Lane - Server outages

6 Apr 2012

Memory Lane - Server outages

While I have fond memories of the days when we’d be getting several hosting orders each day for new customers, I don’t miss the days when servers would crash. We’re thankful to be able to partner with companies like Blue Box for most of our client hosting needs these days.

Days since I was last in a colo facility: 97. (when we pulled all of our remaining servers out of our cabinet on Dec. 31, 2011)

The Planet Argon Shop is Open

2 Apr 2012

The Planet Argon Shop is Open

Planet Argon Shop

We love our Planet Argon shirts, and now they’re available for everyone! Show that you love Portland just as much as us. Shirts, coasters, and more to come soon.

Back to School

26 Mar 2012

Back to School

Annie, Eric, and myself recently flew down to Mountain View, CA to meet with one of our new clients, TCI who is a K-12 education publishing company. While visiting, I couldn’t help taking a few photos of them in the studio classroom.

Stay tuned as we’ll have a lot to share about the work we’re doing with them.

Firefox 11's 3D Inspector

22 Mar 2012

Firefox 11's 3D Inspector

This is the Planet Argon site viewed using Firefox’s new 3D inspector tool for developers.

When is this shit going to stop?

20 Mar 2012

When is this shit going to stop?

Stop treating the development community like it’s a fucking boys club.

Intended audience?

24 Feb 2012

Intended audience?

It’s okay to have a little fun from time to time.

Found on the UXMad call for proposal form.

Cooper is guarding the studio today

14 Feb 2012

Cooper is guarding the studio today

Gary will occasionally bring his dogs to the studio. We put this sign on the door to warn visitors.

Happy Birthday Gary

9 Nov 2011

Happy Birthday Gary

Some of the folks opted to be Gary for his birthday. Can you spot the real one?

One night in London

4 Nov 2011

One night in London

Kate, one of our friends at Contiki, showing off her new t-shirt. Photo taken in London at The Breakfast Club

Movember... in the PA Studio?

2 Nov 2011

Movember... in the PA Studio?

I’ve been trying to push Movember onto the gentlemen of Planet Argon, with no success. So in an attempt to persuade, I fashioned them with the most stylish mustaches, mustachios, and handlebars I could find. Not so bad, right?

Bear in new shirt

25 Oct 2011

Bear in new shirt

One of our other new t-shirt designs… we played around with the logo a little bit.

Autumn 2011 t-shirt designs are in

27 Sep 2011

Autumn 2011 t-shirt designs are in

Eric and Jack showing off a few of the designs from our Autumn 2011 collection.

Now available in the Planet Argon Shop!

Make It Happen coasters

22 Sep 2011

Make It Happen coasters

We’ve had a batch of coasters printed up.

Stay tuned for details on how you can get your own.