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Ready for the World Cup!

9 Jun 2010

Ready for the World Cup!

It doesn’t seem like it was very long ago that our team was helping build and launch a web application for the 2006 World Cup for Nike, but it’s been over four years. The last time the matches aired, we didn’t consist of many (soccer) fans, but that’s changed!

Over the coming weeks… I’m sure the World Cup matches will dominate the presence on the projector screen.

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Macintosh Platform can not support our site

6 Jun 2010

Macintosh Platform can not support our site

Our healthcare provider’s employer web interface for making online payments is using the latest in web technology…

My favorite is that the, “Macintosh Platform can not support the site” versus… they haven’t taken the time to support the Macintosh platform.

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mySIGN-IN

3 Jun 2010

mySIGN-IN

While attempting to pay my cable internet bill… I found myself faced with Comcast’s sign in screen. I can’t help but wonder how much effort went into branding their sign in process with mySIGN-IN. Does their online account system really need a branded name (that you then have to explain what it is?) when they could probably suffice with, “Sign into your Comcast online account.” Not only that, someone had to design the graphics. Someone(s) had to approve the lower case “my” and the all-caps SIGN-IN. I’m baffled. The end-result? I wasn’t able to sign in with my email and password… and am now waiting for them to send me a PIN via snail-mail, which is something I’ll write about another time.

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Tic-tac-captcha

28 Mar 2010

Tic-tac-captcha

I came across this while signing up for a free trial account of Xero. A nice alternative to the annoying captcha.

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Designer vs Developer

1 Mar 2010

Designer vs Developer

Was going through some of our photo archives and found this gem.

designer: Allison Beckwith
developer: Graeme Nelson

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Hoops in the park

18 Feb 2010

Hoops in the park

Our new studio is located directly across the street from a few basketball half-courts. The sun has come out over the past few days and we’ve been taking advantage of this. If you’re in the Pearl District, you might discover a few of us playing 2v2 matches and HORSE in the afternoons.

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Meet Ryan

16 Feb 2010

Meet Ryan

Ryan Gensel has recently joined our design team. He’s already begun posting on our blog and you’ll find him featured on episode 4 of the Planet Argon Podcast.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Ryan in the near future.

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The Overlapping Disciplines of User Experience

15 Feb 2010

The Overlapping Disciplines of User Experience

It’s about the joining of the different disciplines, and not particularly a discipline in and of itself. While the best designers have an awareness of the disciplines that surround and overlap theirs, to be considered an experience designer would necessarily require management and coordination between the disciplines to ensure holistic products. This is an essential skill for making the best products, of course, but I would guess this is often a temporary role that designers move into during key points in the design process from a starting point of one of the other disciplines. Without the “raw materials” of the disciplines that make up UX, UX would be empty indeed. Source

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Ping Pong

13 Feb 2010

Ping Pong

We love to play ping pong. We don’t compete with each other. We just get up and head to the table. We’ll volley for a bit, talk about the project we’re working, and go back to our desk feeling refreshed.

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Becoming an obsession

10 Feb 2010

Becoming an obsession

Over the past several years, Gary has been introducing our team to football (soccer to us Yanks). We’ve been making it a regular thing to sneak over to the local Irish pub for lunchtime matches. On a personal level, I’ve become obsessed with watching Liverpool matches at 4:30am PST on Saturday mornings so that I can catch 12:30pm GMT matches.

Earlier today, our new friend and client Matthew Speakman from Spacewalk Creative joined us for a match. He admitted to having recently grown his own obsession with the sport.

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Chalk

10 Feb 2010

Chalk

Taken a few years ago after we went hiking as a team.

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New studio

25 Jan 2010

New studio

We’re quickly getting the new studio organized. You’ll have to visit us sometime.

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Switching internet providers

21 Jan 2010

Switching internet providers

This discussion between Carlos and I took place on Campfire last week. As you can see, our internet connection is now much faster.

One of gripes with our old building was that we only had a few DSL options to choose from. Our internet at work was always sluggish. When we found our new place we were pleased to find out that we could switch over to Comcast Business as an internet provider. We were also able to move our phone lines to them, which means we’ve consolidated three bills into one… and the best part? We’re saving $50/month now.

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We've moved!

20 Jan 2010

We've moved!

Pardon our dust… but we’ve been in the process of moving to a new studio in downtown Portland. After four years in our last building, we thought it was time to upgrade our digs. We now have a full kitchen, bath, and a nice view of a park across the street. Here are a few photos from our first days in the new space.

Be sure to follow us on twitter or subscribe to our blog feed as we’ll be announcing a studio warming party in the near future!

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Puzzles

17 Jan 2010

Puzzles

We recently had to take our puzzle apart. We’ll miss you!

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First hosting customers

16 Jan 2010

First hosting customers

Back in 2004, we started to add pins for each unique location where a customer was from. We stopped updating this board in 2005 and it had been hiding in a closet. We recently repurposed the cork board for something new but made sure we got a photo first. Perhaps you were one of our pins. :-)

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Temporary housing

15 Jan 2010

Temporary housing

We’re in the middle of an exciting change and we’ve had to take over the ping-pong table.

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Our first business card

14 Jan 2010

Our first business card

We started Planet Argon in 2002 and this was our first business card. The pyramid hasn’t been used in creative work since that era… perhaps it’s time to bring it back.

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