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Guest post from Extensis Customer Service Representative, Jennifer Grebil.

Blue Kangaroo Coffee RoastersThe thought of drinking office coffee here at Extensis used to make some shed a tear, curse, or shrivel in fear.

After years of abuse, we decided that we,ve had enough! Portland is the land of microbreweries and independent coffee roasters so finding a worthy coffee brand to suit our palettes would be no easy task. How could we choose when there are so many options?

Enter the first ever Extensis Coffee Rumble. For one week at Extensis, six worthy contenders (3 local roasters and 3 national chains) competed in a lowdown and dirty smackdown with the goal of bringing down the reigning champion. The last cup standing would be crowned the Extensis Coffee Rumble winner!

Monday through Wednesday six competitors fought in a Loser Leaves Town match all competing for the chance to take on the reigning champion in Thursday’s semi finals. To much delight, the reining champion (who shall remain nameless) failed to advance to the finals, which won thunderous applause from Extensis employees.

Friday’s championship bout featured local roaster Blue Kangaroo Coffee against national chain Torefazzione. It was a long fought epic battle with each contender sustaining several dumps to the spit bucket. Once the votes were tallied Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters came out victorious and were crowned the winners in the first ever Extensis Coffee Rumble.

From now on we’ll eagerly skip to the kitchen and pour another cup. If you’re ever in Portland and are looking for a local coffee roaster (btw, they beat out Stumptown) be sure to check out Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. You won’t be disappointed.

http://www.bluekangaroocoffee.com/

Delicious!


Font Aid IV: Coming Together

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sota-fontaid-ivThe font designed to benefit Haiti relief efforts is now complete and available from a variety of font vendors. The font consists entirely of ampersands to represent people coming together. Check it out.

All proceeds of the sale go directly to Doctors Without Borders.

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sota-fontaid-ivThe Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) has launched Font Aid IV, a project that will raise funds for the relief efforts in Haiti.

Font Aid IV raises funds for the organization Doctors Without Borders through the creation and sale of a custom collaborative font created entirely of ampersands. You can participate by submitting your own ampersand, as well as by purchasing the finished typeface through a variety of typeface distributors.

Submit your black and white “ampersand” icon for the benefit font. It should be a vector image file, not a bitmap. Keep it simple, not too crazy. Send it in EPS format to fontaid@typesociety.org by January 29th, 2010.

When the font is available I’ll also post a link to the foundries that have it for sale.


Happy Holidays from Extensis

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Our spokesmen, Max Kerning and his evil brother Les Kerning would like to wish you the happiest of holidays.


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Tweetie BoidWe’re expanding our social media contacts at Extensis. In addition to all of our normal channels of communication, you’ll now be able to connect with us in French via a new Twitter account. Extensis systems engineer, Jean-Michel Laurent will be managing this feed. So if you have any product questions, concerns or compliments that you’d like to voice in French, please feel free to contact us @Extensis_France.

I will continue to answer all of your questions from the English Twitter account. So, fire away!

For reference, here are all of the social media avenues for communication with us:

Of course, if you have any technical support or customer service needs, please contact those teams directly using this link:
http://www.extensis.com/support


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Extensis French Toast

We’ve got a great community here at Extensis, and every so often we like to celebrate that community. Today, the Extensis Customer Service department got up early to cook everyone in the Portland office breakfast – with a little bit of flair. Jennifer, Jason and Daryl cooked us some letter-shaped French toast, brontosaurus shaped pancakes, along with all of the eggs and sausage of a typical American breakfast. So, in addition to providing great customer service, these guys also cook up a great meal!

Thanks Customer Service!

Jason and Jennifer Extensis Cusotmer Service

Extensis Breakfast

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This year, instead of our typical Halloween costume contest we had an Extensis Pet Halloween costume contest. We had a number of funny entries with dogs dressed up in a wide variety of funny costumes. I’m happy to announce that the winner was our Accounting Manager, David Askwith and his dogs Dolby and Maddie dressed as Yoda and Princess Leia from Star Wars.

Extensis Pet Costume Winners - Yoda and Princess Leia

UPDATED: By request, more entries are now included after the jump.

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Yup, spring has finally sprung. In the northern hemisphere, we’re starting to see our days getting longer and the winter weather subsiding.

For me, it’s also a time to pull myself out of the winter blahs, and get going on new projects. It’s time to take those dusty ideas that I placed on a shelf months ago and begin to make them a reality. Writing for a living, I have a ton of ideas – websites, books, projects and papers – all of which could be really fun to spend some time creating.

The most important thing is to decide what you want out of your project, and that’ll help you decide which project to pursue.

Are you looking to bring in more clients for you small business? Perhaps looking to gain some street cred? Perhaps a project for a contest might suit your needs best. At the end, if you win an award, what better way to tout your skills to potential clients. And, better yet, if your project is for a non-profit, you’ll gain exposure to many potential new customers through that client’s contacts.

Since we’re in a tough job market, if you’ve got the extra time, why not use it to learn a new bit of technology? Designing websites may have been a hobby in your past. Why not use this time to bone up on your CSS chops? If you want to do it quick and dirty, start up a site using WordPress or Drupal, then spend your time learning the ins and outs of site customization.

Or do you simply need a creative outlet that’s different than your core job function? I have a friend who recently started hosting a daily English-language radio show in Korea. It’s entirely outside of his normal job as an English professor at one of the local universities. I’ve seen how this job has brought an entirely new spark to his life.

Personally, I plan to spend a little time in the evenings fleshing out one of my projects. I haven’t quite decided which one just yet. I’m going to start by making a list of all of the ideas, then pick the one that best meets my requirements of it being fun, as well as require new skills .

The most important part, is getting started.

So what are you waiting for? Get your rear in gear and create something!


Font haiku contest winners

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We had a ton of funny, creative and interesting posts in our font haiku contest. Our panel of judges met this morning and after a bit of hearty deliberation in a smoke-filled back room, here are the final results.

The winner of the $50 iTunes gift certificate and Extensis prize pack is Krishna.

the earth is made of
70% water
rest, helvetica

Second place, winning Starbucks gift cards and more goes to Megan E.

once we were thisclose
now Gill Condensed wants spacing
please don’t lead me on

And third place goes to Leach with his entry:

On the midnight train,
There it sits, italicized:
‘Georgia’ on my mind.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You have our undying admiration.

I also would be remiss if I didn’t publicize a few honorable mentions. These other poems were in close contention for the lead. We give you all virtual high-fives.

Lonnon Foster
Ironic t-shirts
Would have diminished impact
Without Cooper Black.

Alastair Wyllie
Stealthy, he walks in
All eyes trace his descenders
Franklin turned Gothic

Mike D
How do I love the
Binary? Let me count the
ways. One, two. Two ways.

Enrico
grotesk collisions!
won’t stand for your bad leading.
akzidenz or not.

John Coulthart
Obama gave you
A nation’s love. But Gotham
You’ll always be mine

Jessica
Razor sharp serifs
balanced by those lovely curves,
I love Bodoni.

Angela Seear
helvetica neue
i think he’s cheating on me
lipstick on his tie

Jen Cooper
Georgia on my mind.
Where have you gone, Matthew Carter?
Be my valentine.

Patrick M
I composed this one
On a Linotype machine
ETAOIN SHRDLU


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As a marketer, I appreciate the coordination, timing and attention to detail that went into this ‘product launch’. Because, honestly, that’s what it is. The Obama administration is re-branding our government. Or at least that appears to be their plan.

Just hours ago- almost simultaneous with the swearing in, the static, old-school white house site was ‘Obama-ized’ with a full relaunch, including a White House blog.This is not your (founding) father’s White House.


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