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Extensis Volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank

Hold on to your hair nets – 26 employees from Extensis gathered today for to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank, and we couldn’t be more honored to be sending out 9,445 meals into our community!

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Extensis is a huge proponent of community service, offering employees paid time off for volunteering. Each year, Extensis gathers a team to work together at the Oregon Food Bank and this year was  our biggest crew yet (including our entire management team!)

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Today’s mission involved sorting the good from the bad, ensuring only the best apples were packaged up to send off to families across Oregon.  We took several 1,000 pound crates of apples and bundled them into individual mesh bags. At the end of the shift the scales reported we’d sorted 11,334 pounds… that’s a lot of apples!

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Thank you to the Oregon Food Bank for having us and thank you to those unheralded volunteers who help make Oregon special. Let’s all remember how blessed we are and be sure to give back more often.

For more information on the Oregon Food Bank, please visit www.oregonfoodbank.org

 


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How does Extensis maintain high employee tenure in such a hot industry?

We’ve got something we’re really proud of. Over 37% of employees have been working at Extensis for over ten years! From Accounting to Engineering to Customer Support, people really like it here. This is impressive considering that, on average, employees stick around for 3 years at tech companies according to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Team Extensis

St. Patrick’s Day at Extensis

 

“I love representing this organization.”

Carli Edvalson, Senior Human Resources Generalist and an 11 year Extensis veteran explains why people love working at Extensis, “Many organizations talk about work-life balance, and the importance of recognizing the value of life outside of work, but not many encourage and foster that balance like Extensis does.”

Extensis believes it is important to provide employees with the balance needed to stay engaged and avoid getting burnt out.

The company also promotes learning opportunities, cross-departmental communication and keeps up on industry and employee trends in order to preserve team happiness and engagement.

Extensis at the Oregon Food Bank

Employees packaging apples at the Oregon Food Bank

 

15 years and counting…

“Extensis has been a continuously evolving organization that challenges me to stretch and at the same time supports a healthy work/life balance,” says Marisela Alzuhn. Marisela is a Marketing Manager and has been with the company for over 15 years. “I’ve also been fortunate throughout my time at Extensis to work with some amazing people who have high standards and do their best work.”

20 years and counting!

Greg LaViolette, aka the “Voice of Extensis” (he is the important voice you hear when calling Extensis), has been part of the team for 20 years! “Recognition, fun, food, and good people,” is why Extensis’s Lead Network Systems Administrator has been part of the crew for so long. “Plus, I’m the voice people hear when they call us…I can’t leave!”

Team Extensis in our Portland office

Tenure and company culture have a lot in common

“From an HR perspective, tenure is one of the most significant metrics I track, report on, and read about,” says Carli. “It’s reflective of the culture and it serves as an indicator of the level of contentment of employees at any organization.”

“I know our tenure is impressive, and it makes my job easier when I am recruiting talent to join our team. The most common question I’m asked by a perspective candidate in an interview is, ‘Why do you like working here?’ and I can answer it confidently and without hesitation,” says Carli.

 

Here, at Extensis, we develop font management and digital asset management software and we have a blast doing it. To learn more about what we do and our company culture, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Interested in joining our team? Check out our careers page.


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Extensis Bike Challenge

Right now, all over Portland, people are riding their bikes. Of course, some of those people are Extensis employees commuting to and from the office, biking around the waterfront on their lunch breaks or tearing through a nearby gravel trail on a Saturday morning. There could be a light drizzle or a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning, yet there would still be a significant amount of Portlanders peddling their way through downtown. “The big one” could occur, yet many would not put their kick stands down and run for cover (OK, maybe an earthquake would cause a few to pump their breaks …maybe).

What are we doing about all this cycling? In cooperation with the Extensis Fit Challenge, we’ve organized an Extensis May Bike Challenge!

Bikes and more bikes

 

Our bike challenge is led by Mark Murphy, Director of Information Systems at Extensis, who is an avid bike rider and the 2015 company bike challenge winner. Mark has been a cyclist for over 19 years. One aspect he loves about Extensis is it’s bike friendly culture and easy access to Portland’s waterfront park. Mark and many others enjoy the nearby biking trails, specifically the Spring Water Corridor – a 40 mile bicycle highway.

Extensis is competing with over 800 businesses across Oregon via lovetoride.net. This site gives businesses an opportunity to not only compete, but track their mileage and see how much their efforts are reducing CO2 emissions.

Prizes are awarded! Points are earned by tracking miles and encouraging people to ride. Winners who log their trips and “encouragements” are entered into a drawing each week in May. Prizes include everything from gift certificates to PDX hot spots like Tasty n Alder and Mississippi Studios to a wine tasting for eight at Willamette Valley Vineyards.

 

Extensis bike challengeSo far, team Extensis has made a total of 179 trips which has saved over 402 kg of CO2 since May 1st.

Whether you enjoy a leisurely bike stroll with granny gear or you are saddling up for the Tour de France, Extensis makes pushing pedals a bit easier by providing bike storage, showers, lockers, also a cash incentive for biking, walking or carpooling to work instead of driving.

The challenge ends at the end of this month. Who will be the winner this year? Will the reigning champ, Mark Murphy, reign supreme once more? We’ll find out next week!

 

 

Here, at Extensis, we develop font management and digital asset management software and we have a blast doing it. To learn more about what we do and our company culture, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Interested in joining our team? Check out our careers page.


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Extensis Gets Fit

There’s nothing better than helping people live happier, healthier lives.

In April, Extensis employees biked, walked, ran, swam, danced, hiked, and wheel posed (ouch!) their way to maintaining health and wellness by participating in Extensis’s annual Fit Challenge. So far, employees have participated in 102,943 minutes of activity. That’s 1,715 hours of fitness! Employees split up into nine teams and tracked their workout routines by using a clever app called Lucky Steps developed by Extensis’s very own font developer, Ryan Tinker. Lucky Steps works by syncing up to a Fit Bit or allowing participants to enter their activity manually and rewarding them for their efforts. Employers can choose how they want to incentivize their teams via Lucky Steps.

 

Extensis Team Culture

Font Developer, Ryan Tinker, hiking in PDX.

There’s nothing more rewarding than a reward.

Besides the obvious benefits of getting fit, Extensis gave raffle tickets to participants for every 30 minutes of activity. The more you work out, the more chances you have to win. The raffle winner (a winner was chosen for April and another winner will be chosen for May) wins 125 dollars. Bernardine Lim, Accountant, was the lucky drawing winner this month. She tracked nearly 1,007 minutes of activity- exceeding her goal of 275 minutes.

 

Healthy Workplace = Happy Employees

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Extensis gets fit in Hood River, Oregon.

It’s not easy maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially in Portland, Oregon. We live in beer capital USA where happy hour is plentiful and the food is actually really, really good. However, nothing compares to being active in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We’ll enjoy our beer, wine and happy hour and stay active while doing it.

In an upward movement to build a culture based on health and wellness, Extensis will continue to encourage employees to maintain their active lifestyle by offering similar challenges. The Fit Challenge has had a positive response with over 50% employee participation. Go team!
 

Here, at Extensis, we develop font management and digital asset management software and we have a blast doing it. To learn more about what we do and our company culture, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Interested in joining our team? Check out our careers page.


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Extensis Volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank

Most people know Portland as a great city with great people, microbrews, coffee, and liquid sunshine (rain), but what makes Portland even better is our sense of community. For many years, Extensis has given employees paid time off for volunteering. On March 3rd, a group of about 20 Extensis employees decided to give back by volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank. Our tasks were divided into shifts.

The Oregon Food Bank

Shift 1: Put the lime in the coconut or perhaps just put the coconut in the bag.
We spent a couple hours packaging, labeling and repackaging 3,800 pounds of shredded coconut from 40 pound bales. We also may have had a few small food fights, created a mess and tried to have friendly competition to see who could package the coconut the fasted. All this activity led to creating 3,100 hundred meals for local families. What can you do with so much coconut? Make delicious, tropical granola, top off yogurt or eat it by hand as a mid-day snack. It sounds great, but many of us will be taking a few days off from anything coconut related.

 

 

Extensis at the Oregon Food Bank

Shift 2: It’s a myth. One bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch.
We took several 1,000 pound crates of apples and packaged them into individual mesh bags, which by the time you get to the bottom of the barrel – there were definitely some that were spoiled. Although mom is right about almost everything, she was wrong about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch. We packaged over 15,500 pounds of apples which created over 13,000 meals for families in Oregon.

Both shifts generated over 16,100 meals and packaged a whooping 19,300 pounds of food!

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Thank you to the Oregon Food Bank for having us and thank you to those unheralded volunteers who help make Oregon special. Let’s all remember how blessed we are and be sure to give back more often.

For more information on the Oregon Food Bank, please visit www.oregonfoodbank.org


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Laura Worthington is a calligrapher and typeface designer in the Pacific Northwest. She crafts original, lovingly handmade letters which form the base of her typeface designs, primarily for use in titling and display. Since we last spoke with her in April of 2014, she’s been busy. She’s taught hand lettering workshops at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, created a smooth version of the Charcuterie collection called Boucherie, and published the Adorn family of fonts—her largest typeface collection yet. An experience she calls, “an insightful and inspiring journey into the world of contemporary calligraphy.” Laura also explored new ground, designing the masculine-inclined script face Voltage, and publishing her first ever free font, Milkshake—available at Fairgoods.com.

Calligraphy Convo with Laura Worthington—Al Fresco by Laura Worthington, elegance with subtle earthiness.

Al Fresco by Laura Worthington, elegance with subtle earthiness.

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The team at Extensis was delighted to lend a hand to at-risk youth in our home city of Portland. We delivered a trunkful of gifts and cash donations to the Transitional Community School. CTS is a private school dedicated to the needs of children of homeless families and people experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

Extensis Plays Santa for At-Risk Youth—Trunkful of gifts on the way to the Transitional Community School

Trunkful of gifts on the way to the Transitional Community School

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Today is a proud day at Extensis as we celebrate 20 years serving the global creative Extensis-20thAnniversary-Logo-20130719-01community. We set out in 1993 with the goal of removing the barriers that get in the way of creativity. This mission started with focus on core Apple enthusiasts using Adobe and Quark products, many involved in the creative, print, and publishing industries.

Since that time, the global creative community has widened and numbers of fonts used and assets created skyrocketed! Did you know that Extensis products activate 60 million fonts daily- that’s just crazy! And with the overall number of digital files in the quadrillions, there’s not been a more important time for font management and digital asset management tools to streamline processes so creativity can flourish.

So today, we not only toast our platinum anniversary, but we thank our customers and partners around the globe for helping us achieve our mission.

We’ll be celebrating all week, so stay tuned for more!

 


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The good folks at the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA, the organization that runs TypeCon each year) have organized Font Aid VI, a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. Font Aid is an irregular charitable project. Basically a bunch of type designers create a single glyph each, and the resulting font is sold with all the proceeds going to charity. This year it’s a font of asterisks.

I thought I would contribute something, but I quickly found myself with three different asterisks. However, Font Aid only takes one glyph per designer. Will y’all help me choose which one of the three asterisks above is the best? The deadline for voting is Friday Nov 16, 2012 at noon Pacific Time.

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Left to right: Spiky, Rounder and Medium asterisks


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What’s that saying about “All work and no play…”? Well, we kinda take that to heart around here at Extensis. We work really hard to create quality software, so occasionally it’s nice to get away from all of the meetings and late nights in front of the computer and do something fun as a group.

This past week we pulled together all of our Technical Support, Sales and Customer Service folks from all around the US and Europe for a bit of knowledge exchange in Portland. It’s great opportunity for us to share what we know, as well as build a little community.

Fortunately, our conference matched up nicely with another annual Extensis tradition, a group outing to the Oregon Brewers Festival.

This year our walk down the Willamette River to the Brew Fest was preceded by a little internal beer tasting contest. We were challenged to correctly identify seven beers by taste alone – and those light pilsners can be a challenging bunch! (I got 4 out of the 7 correct, which I consider a bit of a miracle.)

David, Doug and Jeff won this difficult challenge by correctly identifying 5 out of 7 beers.

Of course, after our difficult little beer challenge, as a group we went down to the beer festival to taste a few other unique beers from Oregon and beyond. No quizzes required. So, we raise our glass to you and yours with a hearty Cheers! Prost! and Salut!


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