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Catch up on the latest Planet Argon news and browse the archive with posts dating back to our first days using Ruby on Rails.

Javelin Security Launches

Posted by Annie Cocchia on February 24, 2014

At a time when cyber attacks are on the rise and new techniques continuously emerge in the hacker community, the team at Trail of Bits knew that companies could make smarter decisions if armed with the right information. Enter Javelin, a first of its kind computer security service that simulates real-world attacks on a company’s security infrastructure, designed to reveal the weaknesses and provide the tools to strengthen it.

Javelin is a highly automated, low touch, easy-to-use application that shows how modern attackers would approach and exploit an enterprise. Through a series of tests, Javelin will identify employees that are most likely to be targets of spearphishing campaigns, highlight weaknesses in security infrastructure, and compare overall vulnerability against industry competitors. At the end of each test, Javelin provides customized recommendations to improve security and accelerate threat detection.

“Phishing works,” said Dan Guido, one of Trail of Bit’s founders. “While companies train employees to recognize these scams, attackers are constantly refining their tactics. Until now, companies could not see their security vulnerabilities from a hacker’s perspective, nor assess the full impact of a realistic attack in real time.”

Learn more about our work with Trail of Bits in our portfolio.

2013 Year in Review

Posted by Robby Russell on January 10, 2014

Happy New Year!

Our intern, Corinne, has put together a web page to highlight our adventures last year.

Oceanscape Network Launched

Posted by Annie Cocchia on December 16, 2013

Welcome all Young Explorers! We are excited to announce the launch of Oregon Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network, an online community for youth, teachers and the Aquarium to promote marine conservation, scientific inquiry and a sense of stewardship for our planet’s oceans. Part resource (think interactive encyclopedia of all things ocean), part homework tool (students can submit their own scientific inquiries for teacher review), part experiential app (like wildlife spotting and geocaching), the Oceanscape Network is aimed at encouraging youth to head outdoors, to explore, experience and appreciate aquatic habitats and their surrounding environments.

Learn more about our work with Oregon Aquarium in our portfolio.

A New Take on McMenamins History

Posted by Annie Cocchia on December 01, 2013

Those familiar with the Pacific Northwest’s McMenamins know that history plays an important part in the brand; restored buildings come alive with a new function, historical figures and events cover the walls in the form of murals, and stories of days gone by are retold by historians and enthusiasts year round. With the help of the McMenamins team, we redesigned their history page to give it new function and the prominence it deserves. Now their History department can feature articles, integrate their social media presence, promote their history events, and encourage users to share their stories.

Learn more about our work with McMenamins in our portfolio.

New and Improved Bagdad Theater

Posted by Jack Bouba on November 15, 2013

The Bagdad Theater, a gorgeous historic cinema in the heart of Portland’s Hawthorne district, recently underwent a major renovation. Boasting 20,000-watt surround sound, a state-of-the-art 4K digital projector, a screen that’s 50 percent larger, and new luxurious rocker seating, the Bagdad is now a first-run theater with classic charm as well as modern amenities. To accompany the exciting changes, McMenamins wanted a “simple, beautiful, clean” site from which to sell tickets, display showtimes and movie info, and tell a bit about the theater. We’re thrilled to announce the opening of the newly-renovated Bagdad Theater, as well as the launch of bagdadmovies.com, the internet home of one of Portland oldest and most beloved theaters. Visit the site and then go catch a flick!

Welcome Pressable

Posted by Annie Cocchia on October 17, 2013

We are excited to announce Pressable as a new Planet Argon client. Formerly known as ZippyKid, Pressable is dedicated to making WordPress hosting easy, fast, and reliable at scale. As part of their rebranding effort, we helped relaunch their application to reflect their new brand and plan offerings. We look forward to continuing our work supporting their application.

McMenamins Homepage Redesign

Posted by Brian Middleton on August 01, 2013

McMenamins is a regional establishment that runs several restaurants, bars, music venues, theaters and more that are all steeped in history. The McMenamins homepage on their website was on it way to becoming a relic of a by-gone era. That is when we stepped in to pull this popular page out of the history books and into the present.

Wanting to focus more on current events at their numerous locations, we created a prominent carousel (that is curated by the client) to showcase of-the-moment events and news. We also created an area where you can easily find out what is going on tonight or this weekend along with hand-picked featured events. We hooked into all the social media streams including Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to provide some fresh and relevant content.

We did all this without losing focus of the history of McMenamins and integrated their whimsical nature into the design of the page.

But, don’t take our word for it, see it for yourself.

Brainstormr mobile App Launched.

Posted by Brian Middleton on June 18, 2013

Brainstormr is a simple and elegant app that allows folks to brainstorm and collect ideas from friends and colleagues in real-time. This is something that we wanted for ourselves, so we built it. The web app was launched back in June 2009, it was updated with a responsive layout in December 2011, and now we are launching a native iOS app so that everyone can collaborate on or offline, export ideas to Evernote, collect ideas from their social networks and keep up with their Brainstormr lists on-the-go.

Brainstormr has a wide variety of uses, from collecting a list of lunch options to collecting real-time ideas on a subject during a meeting or a conference. The possibilities for collaboration are endless.

A New Partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust

Posted by Annie Cocchia on April 01, 2013

Welcome Meyer Memorial Trust to the Planet Argon Team! Created by the late Fred G. Meyer, Meyer Memorial Trust works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. Given the impact Meyer Memorial has had on our local community, we are excited to help them create a more flexible and streamlined grant application that will be beneficial for their staff and constituents. Stay tuned for more on GrantIS 2.0 set to launch in 2014.

Web Dev Workshop Announced!

Posted by Brian Middleton on February 25, 2013

Planet Argon will hold its first Modern Web Dev workshop on May 6, 2013 in Portland, OR at the historic Kennedy School. This workshop will focus on new and emerging front-end development techniques including Bootstrap, SCSS, Jekyll and Github. The workshop is geared toward folks who are new to the front-end dev world or may be returning to it after a hiatus. This class will give participants the skills to build a site from scratch and launch it by the very same day.

We here at Planet Argon have always been interested in sharing our knowledge with the community and this is just one avenue we are pursuing in order to do just that.

We hope you will join us for our first Modern Web Dev workshop.

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