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aiga-logo1.gifHello out there in Extensis Blog land!  I wanted to give everyone a quick update on an upcoming event that promises to be quite interesting for you creative and/or eco-friendly types:

At the end of March, AIGA is hosting their annual Y Conference (March 27-29 to be exact).  The Y Conference was created to explore the “why” of design and  features multi-disciplinary designers, commentators, and authors.  This year’s conference has been labeled “Seeds of Change” and will examine how individuals, communities, nations, and the world are developing new paradigms for a more healthy and sustainable culture.  Check it out if you think you can spare a trip to San Diego this month! 


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Extensis named as one of the 100 companies that matter in knowledge managemenet by KM WorldFor the second year running, Extensis has been named one of the “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” by KMWorld. This prestigious annual list was selected by the editorial staff, KM-industry practitioners, theorists, customers and analysts. You can read the complete list of featured companies in the March 2008 issue of KMWorld Magazine or you can read the article and complete list of companies here.

If you have access to the print publication, check out the March issue and see if you can find our fearless leader, Brian Berson, on the cover. Think of it as a less colorful version of Where’s Waldo.


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new creativepro.com home page artA lot of peole don’t know this- but creativepro.com (years ago) was spawned from Extensis. They took (I kid you not) some of our best inhouse talent and applied their skills to this new venture. That was…1999? 2000? We coexisted in the same office space for a few years. Then business happens, they were sold and we parted ways (sniff sniff).

Anyhoo, since then the site has grown in popularity and in content, but the basic site designed remained pretty much the same. Until today, when they launched a shiny new site. Editor extraordinaire Terry Stone wrote a piece about the site design. I like the section on the right that features the most popular articles as well as the editor’s picks.

This has always been a great resource for creatives. Now it is also a beautiful one, as well. Check it out.


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Yes, just in time for Valentines day we’re happy to present our typography dating game. Find out which fonts go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and which couples repel like oil and water. How well do you think our friends Papyrus and Stencil get along?

Extensis Type Matching - the font dating game

You can also take a quiz to find out your own type. Are you a straight and to the point Helvetica type, or are you more of a Comic Sans person? Take the quiz and find out.

You can even get your own little graphic and embed it into your blog, MySpace page, or forum. For example, I’m apparently an American Typewriter kinda guy:

Typecast Yourself!

Check it out.


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Howdy – long time no write! I’ve been busy fixing bugs on the Universal Type Client.. but I’m back!

Have you ever given back to your community? We’re always so busy with life and getting our daily to-do lists done, and we never seem to have time to give back to the community. This is one area where I think Extensis does pretty well.

How you ask?

For one, sponsoring Ignite Portland. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Adrienne Fritz (a speaker), and she asked me a pretty pointed question – do we get our money’s worth on sponsoring? I thought a bit before answering, and my answer was probably not. Sponsoring an event like Ignite Portland isn’t about ROI, but about helping your community. It’s about helping Portland become just as known for technology and hipness as Silicon Valley.

Kelly at Ignite Portland

Kelly Trying The Stage Out At Ignite Portland – The rest of my pictures.

The second way is allowing me to run CocoaHeads Portland. Extensis allows me to use our big conference room, and gives me a budget for food for a monthly meeting of Cocoa developers in the Portland area. There is no ROI for this. I suppose it might make us look hip, but to me it’s all about building our local community of developers.

My challenge to you – if your company is all about ROI – push to do something for your community.


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