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Evolution of the McMenamins Homepage

19 Jul 2013

For the past 30 years, McMenamins have established themselves as a strong regional influence with their signature food and drinks, music and events, culture, and historical locations. They are a household name, known for their brand’s unique character that brings good food, fun and entertainment for anyone who visits their locations across the Pacific Northwest. While McMenamins is constantly opening new establishments and expanding their influence in their community, Planet Argon saw that the McMenamins homepage needed an update to reflect that growth and the evolution of their brand. So, the PA team proposed a solution for the redesign of the homepage.

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McMenamins Gets Mobile

14 Nov 2012

We started working with McMenamins earlier this year. McMenamins is a unique client in that most of its locations are of historic significance. They buy old, historic buildings and keep all of their unique history intact while converting parts of them to a theater or restaurant or bar or all three. They have more than 50 locations all over the Pacific Northwest. They needed a mobile site that would showcase what all their locations had to offer in terms of food, drink, movies, events, etc. For example, if you were looking for a location with a movie theater, a soaking pool and bike racks that is within 5 miles of your current location, you are in luck. Their new location search page will let you define your criteria to find that information. Whether or not you can actually sit in a soaking pool while watching a movie after locking up your bike isn’t guaranteed.

Fast forward to the present where we have launched McMenamins new mobile site that was designed by R/West, a local design shop, and implemented by your good friends at Planet Argon. It has been a fun and challenging journey for sure.

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School’s Out...For Now

17 Jul 2012


As Alice Cooper put it so eloquently, school may be out for summer, but it’s most certainly not forever. While kids are busy with summer activities and teachers are taking their much needed breaks, some of us have been busy. With our design help TCI, a K-12 publishing company, released their new online tools for students and teachers, primed and ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Welcome to the FamilyLink Network!

10 Jul 2012


We’re so very proud and excited to announce that our project with partners iKare has launched! An idea that was more than a year in the making, the FamilyLink connects families and friends to their loved ones through a device that shares photos, videos chats, messages, but more importantly provide an ease of mind.

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Planet Argon launches FamilyLink

10 Jul 2012

Planet Argon recently helped launch FamilyLink, a device and service that enables caregivers and family members of older generations to interact with and monitor their loved ones remotely, while also maintaining the senior’s ability to live independently at home.

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Sneak Peek of TCI Work

6 Jun 2012

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Creating Contiki's Mobile Site, Part 3: Visual Design

24 May 2012

At this point, we’ve gone through the early stages of our design strategy by researching, sketching ideas, and making a paper prototype. We then extended that strategy phase into a development of a mobile prototype to help explain how each page would function on the site. It was now time to complete the user’s experience by adding visuals to complement that functionality. Thanks to the extra work we did in the beginning, we knew what we wanted to see, so the transition from our quick and dirty prototype to a finished user experience adding visual design elements was practically seamless.

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Contiki Exchange

23 Apr 2012

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McMenamins - another happy customer

5 Apr 2012

I have nothing but positive things to say about our relationship with Planet Argon. Their team really has followed through with everything as promised, on time and with an admirable work ethic. A refreshing experience… we’re working with true professionals! I look forward to a long and strong partnership.

Jon Sokol, Director of Internet Technology at McMenamins from Client Testimonials

To be fair, they've been great too.

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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.

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