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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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During the month of May, we asked you to help us fill the interweb with typographic design inspired by the music world. With your contributions using #AudibleInspiration, we created an ode to our favorite musicians and designers and took a fresh look into just how much the two words intertwine.

Entries spanned the gamut from favorite album art to custom hand-drawn song lyrics. Shout-outs and hat-tips were given to musical bluegrass artists to 80’s electro-pop and everything in-between. And without further ado, we’d like to congratulate our winner, Tory Burke. Tory scored a sweet prize—a pair of Beats By Dre headphones.

Audible Inspiration Contest Winner: Tory Burke

Audible Inspiration Contest Winner

Baby I’m Howlin’ For You; Original Work by Tory Burke

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Art and music are so intertwined that sometimes it’s hard to find the end of one and the beginning of the other. Music inspires creativity, and as it’s almost impossible to imagine peanut butter without jelly, so is it hard to hear Pink Floyd over the speakers without seeing visions of prisms and scrawled, splattered typography. We know that when we get into a groove, we find creative fuel and soul-soaring inspiration folded into the guitar riffs of our favorite tunes. Whatever arduous task, given a soundtrack, feels less like a chore and more like a boogie. We could go on and on and on, but the point is: we’re dedicating this month to our love of typographic design in the music world. And we’ve crafted a contest so that you can play along with us.

Audible Inspiration Contest

Do you have a favorite LP cover? Think The Ramones have the best band logo? Are you a next-level groupie? Prove it. Shout out to your favorite musicians and designers and enter to win a sweet prize all the while. We want to fill the internet with one big ode to musical design inspiration using our own #AudibleInspiration. Here’s how to enter to win a jazzy pair of Beats By Dre headphones:

  1. Find your favorite music-inspired typographic design and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, or create a piece yourself. Serious brownie points will be awarded to those who design their own entries—we love designed lyrics and redesigned band logos or album art! (Hint: check out our Fontspiration App).
  2. Tag us @extensis and #AudibleInspiration

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In recent years, there have been a number of studies on how powerfully music can affect us. Psychologists and scientists have been looking at the link between music and mood, work efficiency and concentration for years. Music can stimulate learning, improve concentration, enhance cognitive performance, boost productivity, motivation, and endurance, and even affect your memory.

Audible Inspiration: How Logos and Type Express Music We Love; Chicago logo

Gentle-sounding but massively popular soft rock bands of the ‘70s favored quasi-script and calligraphy fonts.

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Follow Us On Instagram & Tag A Friend To Enter

The creativity we see on Instagram every day is an inspiration. And we’re humbled to see how fast our following has grown. To say thanks and keep the momentum going, we’re running a follow and tag contest through the month of April.

Follow us on Instagram @extensis to see what gets our creative juices flowing (and perhaps yours too!) For your chance to win a fun, designerly prize, just tag a fellow Instagrammer in a comment on the prize image. Please share with your creative comrades!

Instagram Follow & Tag Contest

Instagram gets our creative juices flowing every day

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We challenged you to show us your city’s best food truck typography and graphics with the Food Cart Font-Off contest. With entries representing great examples of brand identity across North America—from Canada to Detroit to Massachusetts and even Hawaii—you delivered.

Drum roll please…here’s the winners of the foodie prize packs!

 

Food Cart Font-Off Winner #1: Most Votes

Winners of the Food Cart Font-Off—Most Votes
Winner: Eric Webber
Food Truck: Smokey Denmark Smoked Meats, Austin TX
There’s a lot to love about Smokey Denmark’s. The simple red and white color palette grabs the eye, the writing is fun and the type is tops. Guess that’s why you voted it our top winner. Congrats, Eric!

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Food Cart Font-Off Contest

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One sunny summer afternoon, a group of hungry type enthusiasts at Extensis set out to survey cart pods across our home city of Portland, Oregon. We wondered, how does the P-town food truck scene reflect in their signage and typography? The PDX Food Cart Font-Off was born.

We Challenge You to Show Us Your City’s Best with the Food Cart Font-Off Contest

It’s time to represent your neck of the woods—with prizes up for grabs. The food cart and truck culture is big in places like Austin, Boston, LA and NY—now it’s your turn to show off the best cart typography your turf has to offer.

Food Cart Font Off Contest

To enter, submit a photo of the best food cart typography in your city—then rally votes. Two winners (clinched by most votes, and our top favorite) will receive an awesome foodie prize pack. Enter to win one of two fabulous goodie boxes. Check out the sweet prizes shown below.

Food Cart Font Off Contest—Enter to win one of two foodies prize packs

Foodie Prize Packs (2) include:

  • Oversized Pretzel Pool Float—Tasty, twisty fun
  • Sriracha Water Bottle
  • Hedgehog Toothpick Holder—for serving cocktails or hors d’oeuvres
  • Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster (awesome grill marks included)
  • Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters (3 different warriors)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Best Friend Rings (share with your bestie)
  • Stainless Steel Bicycle Handlebar Cup Holder
  • Sunnyside Egg Shaper—The forecast for breakfast is yolky with some light cloud cover
  • Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper (#1 best seller)

Extra credit for elegant use of fonts generally despised by graphic designers (Papyrus, Comic Sans, Hobo, Curlz). We’re not saying it’s even possible, but…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! We just gave you a reason to eat and browse for the best fonts you can find.

Enter now.

Official Rules


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Papyrus Makes Me Cry

Papyrus, Comic Sans…some fonts just make you want to cry. Now’s your chance to turn your bad font woes into winning with our Papyrus Makes Me Cry Contest.

Like our Facebook page, tell us in a post which bad font you think smells the most like rubbish—and why it offends you—for your chance to win a beautiful framed canvas world poster of type. No lousy letterforms allowed! The most creative response takes the prize. (Funny images encouraged!)

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We recently announced a free pass giveaway to HOW Design Live to the person who supplied the most convincing reason they should be selected. Little did we know we would get such an incredible response! From a clever re-crafting of the fine print to several people drawing from their poetic muse, the passion and creativity was so inspiring. What rung loud and clear was a strong desire to change the world with design, a mission we heartily share!

We’re happy to report we not only have one winner, but two! We decided to give two free passes as someone noted in our post we said we would choose the person with the most convincing reason, and in the fine print someone at random. We appreciate this being pointed out, and in turn chose both a random winner and most convincing.

Congratulations to Dorthy and Jenny who are the lucky recipients!

If you’re still interested in attending, as a sponsor of the event we are able to offer a special discount. By entering “EXTENSIS” in the promo code, you’ll receives $100 off your pass ($50 off the Creative Freelancer Conference). Click here to register.

If you do attend, we hope to see you at booth number 1322!

 


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We will be storming Austin in March. Why not join us?

Enter to win your SXSW Interactive Platinum Badge. It’s simple.

  1. Create a FREE account on WebINK
  2. Follow @webink on Twitter
  3. You’re entered to win!
  4. 2 Winners will be selected on February 19, 2013.

So many activities, so little time to sleep!

 

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