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As you had previously read in the post titled “Extensis Office Remodel: In Progress” from my colleague Jim Kidwell, Extensis is undergoing a literal and figurative transformation.

Extensis Office Remodel: Colocation — Painted Walls

When we started the evolution of our product practices to be more inline with an agile mindset, we realized that one of the barriers to this would be physical proximity of the teams. The extreme answer was to knock down all the walls—so that’s exactly what we did!

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Remodel-sunrise

We’ve embarked on a sweeping change for our Portland, Oregon office. We’re tearing down the walls.

Yup, it’s a bit exciting, as well as a bit scary, as any office remodel can be. It’s all to help bring new and enhanced efficiencies and collaboration to our teams. It all started when our engineering teams adopted the Scrum method of agile development and increased use of pair programming. The benefits of closer integration of our teams were visible, and it became evident that we all could benefit from working closer together.

So, at the end of 2014, much of our Portland team vacated our current digs and demolition began. With much dust, debris and a five story garbage chute, the walls and cubes came down.

Check out a ton of demolition pix after the jump.

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We wanted to do a quick follow-up post for those who might have missed our announcement of Fontspiration, our sweet new iPhone app that lets you:

  • Create custom designs using hundreds of fonts and dozens of built-in animations
  • Get inspired by new and regularly updated fonts on the live Fontspiration feed
  • Share your creations on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Since its release late last year, we’re humbled and excited to see how many of you have been using Fontspiration to its full magical effect. The talent, creativity and designs themselves have been nothing short of amazing and even unexpected in terms of how far you’ve pushed its capabilities.

That’s why we wanted to share some of our favorite works—to show our appreciation, celebrate your love of type, and showcase the best of the best. Who knows, you might discover something new, or connect with another designer that inspires you, which is why we’ve listed our picks’ social channels as well.

Gallery of Greatness: These Top 9 Fontspirationers are just our type

Ranked in no particular order, and we know there’s a lot more awesomeness out there…

Baylee Hart: Fortune Favors The Brave

 

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Whether it’s Typography Tuesday or Favorite Font Friday, we’re with you on the constant hunt for typographic inspiration. That’s why we keep a constant flow of stand out examples streaming through our professional font manager, Suitcase Fusion (and Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

We released Suitcase Fusion™ 6 in the autumn to help you make the most of precious creative time and explore and organize your entire font collection in a single, searchable location.

We created Fontspiration over a year ago as your crystal ball to look into the font future, past and present:

  • Locate new and interesting fonts for your creative work
  • See what other creative pros are using in real-world projects
  • Explore the boundaries of lettering, typography and fonts in design
  • Dig into what professionals from bygone eras have learned about type

The Fontspiration continues—Check out some seasonally-inspired design! Our January pieces feature type by Typofonderie, Dalton Maag and Village to name a few.

Keep Your Design Inspired With New Fontspiration—Typofonderie

Foundry: Typofonderie
Typeface: Retiro Pro
Artist: Nicole Dalton
Inspiration: This piece was inspired by the celebration of the 13th annual National Bird Day, a hopeful quote by Emily Dickinson and Wes Anderson color palettes.

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Our new Portfolio release adds support for the latest OS X, advanced reporting features, and more

With the explosion of digital assets and media over the past decade, companies are struggling to keep them organized and accessible while ensuring version control. Locating and distributing files has become a major time and productivity killer.

Fortunately, Extensis Portfolio™ makes digital asset management (DAM) affordable for companies of all sizes. Originally released in October 2014, Portfolio transformed the user experience with suggested, guided search capabilities, millisecond results, a sleek new user interface and elegant thumbnail views. It’s used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies. And it’s just been updated to make it better than ever.

Get Your Assets in Gear with Portfolio 1.5

Portfolio has added full compatibility with Apple® OS X® Yosemite (v10.10) and advanced reporting options. It’s also faster than ever, with new features that increase the efficiency of importing, copying, updating, converting and exporting assets.

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