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Here’s an interesting use of contextual alternates in a font – the creation of Pie, Bar and Line charts! I’ve seen all sorts of typographic goodies baked into fonts, and this is an interesting surprise development.

I could see Chartwell being useful in a number of situations – annual Reports, daily business sales reports, etc.

Congratulations TK Type. What a fun creation.


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A couple of years ago, kinetic typography was huge. There were new videos for speeches, songs, poems and whatnot coming out ever day.

Here’s a new one from Oklahoma State University student, Jacob Galbreath that uses Conan O’Brien’s farewell speech as a platform. I like how he kept the entire speech constrained to a defined 2D space, while making all of the words 3D.


Is That A Rat?

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For anyone on the receiving end of a very odd package from Extensis- no, that’s not a rat in that box. It’s a mullet. You know- some hair for your (styrofoam*) head.

Our friends in the press received these 2 pieces separately and this week we see the mullets are arriving because we’re getting a lot of commentary on them. 98% of people have enjoyed them (for those 2% who were more confused than entertained- sorry about that! We meant it all in good fun.)

Odd? absolutely. Entirely off the mark? well, not exactly. We’re leveraging the ‘business in the front, party in the back’ approach- but applying it to software. We affectionately call it the CreativeMullet. Some feedback:

  • MacLife Magazine: We just received a few promo packages from Extensis. So I opened it. It’s a mullet wig. I’m not kidding.
  • PCMag.com: Lance Ulanoff posted: Extensis sent me a mullet to promote Suitcase Fusion 3 + WebINK–I ain’t gonna wear it. http://yfrog.com/4b8jitj.

He then relented…” If enough of my followers ask, I will don the Extensis mullet and post a picture–and hate every moment of it.” Tell him to do it!

And one group was so enamored with the wig that they posted several pictures on their blog. So to the entire team at Digital Photographer Magazine (UK)– YOU LOOK BRILLIANT!

If you’d enjoy making fun of the Extensis team (never a real stretch) check out our Mulletude (on Flickr).

Peace.

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*FWIW- Unable to find ‘hat-able’ heads in anything other than this material, we have donated to a Carbon Offset program (through the Nature Conservancy) as a counter-balance. We don’t want to increase our footprint- quite the opposite.


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No, it is not the beginning of a cheesy 60’s horror flick—or some sort of take-off on the Godfather (though brilliant as that might have been). But it is curious why we at Extensis stuffed Styrofoam heads (the sort that don hats in stores) into the mail and sent them to our many friends in the press…

Looks like they are starting to arrive! Some early reaction:

“Okay I’ll bite, why did #Extensis send a Styrofoam head to me Designer Today Magazine offices?”

Extensis just sent me a polystyrene head in the post. Am I in some sort of typography version of The Godfather?”

“ You guys should get some pics of what journos have been putting those poor heads through. We’re very artistic, you know ;)”

As you can imagine, this is only half the story. The rest to be revealed later this week.

Got an entertaining guess?

Pre-mailing pow-wow of heads


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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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We’re throwing another cocktail party, and you’re invited!

This July, we’ll be hosting a party to kick off the web design conference An Event Apart. It’s a great conference where you can learn a ton about new CSS techniques, and gain inspiration for your creative work.

If you’re attending the conference, or are an Extensis customer in the Minneapolis area, we’d love to have you join us.

Sunday, July 25th
5:00 – 7:00 PM
SUBO
89 South 10th Street
Minneapolis, MN

We will also be showing off our new web font service, WebINK, at the party. So if you’ve got a hankerin’ for something other than Helvetica on your website, come check it out!

Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there!


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Fancy yourself a filmmaker? Love typography? Have I got a contest for you!

Our partners over at FontGear launched a new contest today where you have the chance to win a $1000 for your film that features creative typography.

Apparently you don’t need focus on ascenders, descenders, x-height and the like to create your film. Pretty much anything that is typographically creative, and has an “obvious use of typographic concepts, subjects, themes, storylines, etc.” will do just fine.

I know that Extensis has a very large creative user base. If you’ve got a few minutes to spend with After Effects, Flash or Photoshop, you could very well be the winner.

As a side note, I’m on the judging committee. I cannot accept persuasion of any type, be it cash, promises to clean my kitchen or offers to make me some tasty bar-b-cue to sway my vote.

Best of luck! So get cracking!


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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!


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Ahh the magic of a little bit of edge detection and a little scripting. This fun little online tool takes any image, detects the edges in the image, and then places whatever text you want along those edges. Pretty fun little tool to noodle around with, that’s for sure! Check out the Textorizer.

Textorizer Extensis Logo


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We’re throwing a cocktail party, and you’re invited!

In May, we’ll be hosting a party just before the web design conference, An Event Apart. It’s a great conference where you can learn a ton about new CSS techniques, and gain inspiration for your creative work.

If you’re attending the conference, or even if you’re just in the Boston area, we’d love to have you join us.

Sunday, May 23
5:00 – 7:00 PM
The Westin Copley
10 Huntington Place
Gloucester-Newbury Room

We will also be showing off our new web font technology at the party. So if you’ve got a hankerin’ for something other than Helvetica on your website, come check it out!

Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there!


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