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I recently moved offices – I now have an awesome view of the river here in Portland, and Mount Hood on clear days. My new next door neighbor Cole brought in a Christmas gift he got – a bobble head Dwight:

Bottlehead dwight

Life is good when you have Dwight at work!

Ok, back to localizing resources for our next generation font management product.


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I had to put this up after getting it forwarded to me by about a squillion people via email and IM. I have one minor nitpick with it-there was no “isn’t that cool?” or “how great is that?” sort of interjections like the actual ‘note had.

Steve Jobs on Weekend Update.
I really liked the bit near the end about your best friend calling you. Enjoy!


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Kari and Monica

  1. What’s your job title?
    Regional Sales Manager
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    3 years and 10 months
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    Only the best…
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    Our Customer User Conference in Lake George, New York last year. It was great meeting so many customers in one location and at a beautiful resort in the Adirondack Mountains – Talk about a captive audience in a captivating location!
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Comic Sans, Impact, or Broadway – Whatever font it would have to be in BOLD!
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    Thankfully there’s this cool technology now where you can put thousands of songs in one little device… called an iPod. (Does sarcasm work on a blog?) My iPod would have The Beatles, Neil Young, the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack, Sheryl Crow, U2, Imogen Heap, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Queen, Catie Curtis, KD Lang, Barbra Streisand, and tons of songs that I can sing along with – so I can entertain myself while I build my escape raft.
  7. When were you most happy?
    The day my daughter was born and the day my son was born.
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t say giving birth to two beautiful children — I mean, there’s nothing quite like it. It is quite a strenuous and life changing process.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    Not moving to Hollywood when I was young (I mean younger) to realize my dream to rule the big screen – and where the celebrity magazines would splash the cover of their rags with my name combined with a famous actor’s name – for example had I gone to Tinsel Town and ended up with Johnny Depp – the newsstands would shout “Johnnica Adopts 7th Child from the Brangelina Adoption Agency” or something like that.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Am I allowed to talk about my biggest passion in a work blog?
  11. What do you like to read?
    Everything! I am a voracious reader and I’m usually reading 2 to 3 books at a time — fiction and non-fiction. If it’s a topic I want to know about, or if I want to escape, I’ll pick up a book.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    Family pictures.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Cheese (anything tastes good with melted cheese on top).
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Weekend Warrior makes doing my laundry and household chores – while eking out time to spend quality time with my family — sound a lot more exciting than it feels like on Sunday afternoons when it’s already almost over.
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Definitely Coffee! Black, strong, coffee with more coffee on the side – and then about 4 Red Bulls before the day is out.
  16. Function or fashion?
    Fashion.
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    Yahoo News
  18. In another life you were…?
    An Amazon Woman
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Nirvana
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Which way to Nirvana?

Marketing geek-out

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SwagI’m not a Mac geek, even though I’ve witnessed the phenomenon from up close.  I am, however, a marketing geek. Tradeshows can be the best and worst of marketing. It’s hard not to freak out from the over-exposure. Here are a few highlights:

First- Swag. Every visitor is looking for a freebie. If it is also cool, that’s good, but in my experience just plain free is good enough! I have no idea what it is about miniture versions of the simplest things, but they have infinite apppeal. This is the tiniest box of matches ever seen. So small, in fact, they will burn your finger in an instant (Yes, I tried. Don’t ask.)While these had nothing to do with anything, people could not get enough of them. 

boothSecond- booth design. Only one standout worth mentioning. This one was right behind the Extensis booth. Despite the fact that this retail-looking booth was constructed of cardboard boxes (which suggested it just might topple over in an instant)- Crumpler was totally original from concept to execution. Not perfect, but completely memorable. Plus, the signage was great. Only one problem: I kept overhearing people say things like “cool booth. who are they?” Their logo was everywhere, their name was nowhere. Regardless, they had a cool product and a memorable presentation.

Third- experience marketing. Always my favorite category, as these are so rarely enduring. I’ve seen cheerleaders, bellydancers, and popcorn machines. Here’s the challenge: It has to be clever AND it has to fit with your product and brand, otherwise the visitor forgets the link the moment they walk away.

break dancerHere’s my pick for marketing experience disconnect. Ask yourself if visitors will remember this vendor in a month. Oh, they’ll remember the break dancing, I’m certain- they just won’t remember whose booth they were in when they saw it.  Will they? Despite this, they got me to write about them which means they may have earned a gold star, after all.

First comment to correctly name the break dancing booth in question gets some Extensis swag.


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Howdy – my name is Lucien W. Dupont, and I’m a Macintosh software engineer at Extensis. I started in September of 2006, so I’ve been here a scant 4 months and a few days. I am working on, as a coworker said “the future of font management”. 🙂 Let’s just say that it’s sweet. It’s an app that will have all the polish of an Apple or local company Panic production. I’ll see if I can post some more tidbits in the coming months about it.

Inspired by a few day in the life posts at the Mac BU blog, I’m going to let you know what a day in the life of a developer is here at Extensis, or at least one that works downtown but lives on the outskirts of a suburb here in the Portland area.

(Of course all these times are ‘ish’ 🙂 Sometimes my wife Jennifer drives me to the MAX station, in this case these times all get shifted out by about 20 minutes.)

6:30am – wake up, or try to.. try to get out of bed, don’t manage until probably 6:45

6:45am – shower, dress, shave.. quietly, as my wife is still sleeping (she hates mornings, I like them).

7:10am – downstairs, eat some cereal because it’s quick, maybe some eggs if I’m ahead of schedule. Friday’s, no breakfast (more on that later).

7:45am – hop in the car, head to the Max station near me (Beaverton Creek most often, sometimes Millikan Way).

8:10 to 8:15am – catch the MAX Blue Line train to Gresham.. So that I can miss this traffic on 26:

Traffic On 26

I guess that doesn’t look too bad, but it’s 4 miles, and takes about 15 – 20 minutes.

8:50ish – hop off the train at the Yamhill stop, and walk to the Extensis building, about 10 blocks. On the way there I walk through a cool bamboo grove along the sidewalk (I love bamboo):

Bamboo almost to work

Then up the elevator to the fifth floor, and enter in my side of the building:

Front Office Sign at Extensis

And down the hall to my office:

Lucien's Office at Extensis

Ok, enough pictures, how about some text!

9:10am – I arrive at the office, unsleep the Mac Pro, and get to checking email and a few key Mac websites. Often on the train I ponder what I want to get done today, kinda set some internal, personal goals for myself, so when I get to work I jot those down so I don’t forget them. Right now I’m in the midst of working on a brand new application (written in Cocoa), so I might pick off something fun to accomplish in the morning, just to start the day off on the right foot, you know? 🙂

10:30am – my one meeting of the day, a daily stand up type meeting. Basically we go around the room, say what we’re working on, if we are blocked on anything, etc. Not terribly formal, which is nice, but also not a traditional stand up meeting, for those of you familiar with them. Then back to coding in Cocoa.

Noonish – I start getting hungry. We’re in an office building, so no cafteria ala Google or Mac BU, but we’ve got a lot of nice small places around the area, either food carts or hole in the wall places or chains. I’ll go out and grab something if I didn’t bring lunch in. My new years ‘goal’ is to go to the gym more often, so sometimes I will head to the gym a few blocks away.

1pm to 5pm – no meetings, prime productive “flow” time. As I said, a lot of my time these days is spent coding a new application in Cocoa. I’ve also been helping the tech lead with some paper prototyping of UI ideas to do two things: see if what we are thinking makes sense, and to show other people to get their feedback. (Faster than creating something using actual pixels on the screen, which gives us more agreement on functionality and the UI concept and less arguing about pixels)

5pm sharp – walk to the MAX station, hopefully to catch a 5:07pm train.

5:50pm – get to the train station, hop in my car, and hit a local grocery store on the way home to buy something for dinner. (Mental note, plan ahead in the dinner department)

6:45pmish – Get home, start cooking!!

7:30pm (if we’re lucky) – eat dinner.

8pm to 11pm – do some homework, or catch up on some TiVo’d shows. (I’m getting an MBA, and I have one class left. If you’ve read this far, and are interested in why, ask in the comments).

11pm – go to bed.. although we really normally get to bed at 11:30pm.

Boy.. after typing this, no wonder I am always tired by the end of the week, I need to get more sleep!!

That’s a day in the life for me, more or less. I have a few other ideas I’d like to blog about development wise, but I don’t want to bore the designer folk out there with code talk. What would you like to know about Extensis development?

Update: My sister Michelle wants to know why no breakfast friday – we get donuts every Friday morning. 🙂 Not good for those new year resolutions, but they are pretty yummy. As for the weirdest thing I’ve seen on the MAX, nothing too crazy yet.. there are some ‘characters’ for sure, but that’s just adding spice to life, ya know?


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Richard

  1. What’s your job title?
    European Business Manager
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    My 7 year anniversary is in January.
  3. Where is your cog in the Extensis machine?
    As part of the European team I look after customers, dealers and distributors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  4. What is your favorite Extensis product?
    I was a Portfolio user before I worked for Extensis so it has to be Portfolio.
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Fruitiger – I’d once been delayed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and got on to wonder what the typeface was that had been used on the airport signage (as you do). One HotSpot and a Google moment later the answer I discovered was Fruitiger. It’s such a classic, inoffensive, tidy and easy on the eye!
  6. What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
    The White Stripes, Muse & Bob Dylan
  7. When were you most happy?
    The birth of my daughter.
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Becoming a father.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    Not buying more shares in Apple back in 1996 when they were trading at $13
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Neat technology.
  11. What do you like to read?
    Fictional crime novels, historical stuff, comics & Lauren Child’s ‘Charlie & Lola’ kids books..
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My Olympus E1 & E400 digital cameras.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Marmite on Toast, Mashed Potatoes, Lincolnshire Sausages & English Mustard
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Weekends are dedicated to being a dad and doing things that dad’s do.
  15. Coffee or tea?
    I’m English so it has to be tea but definitely none of that ‘Iced Tea’ nonsense. I like mine hot, with milk and served in a mug.
  16. Trigonometric functions or the decorative arts?
    Decorative Arts but then I’d like to go off at a tangent.
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    The Register
  18. In another life you were…?
    A hobbit
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    New Zealand
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    I want to go Carbon zero.

20 questions with Kim Cole

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  1. What’s your job title?
    Quality Assurance Engineer
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    3 ½ years.
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    Pretty much all of them at one point or another.
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    Fusion, fonts are fun!
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Something quirky, lately I like Abbess.
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    Hrm, can I take everything on my ipod?
  7. When were you most happy?
    When studying abroad – ok actually traveling around europe.
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Thus far I’d have to say that I mastered French – well at least I felt confident I could understand virtually 100% and be understood – and lived in another country.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    To have regrets.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Carpe Diem.
  11. What do you like to read?
    Time/newsweek articles, tidbits related to france, travel, cooking, news – not all the time, and an occasion nonfiction or fiction book…
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My experiences.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Local fruit! We have the absolute best berries here in the summer.
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Oh, house projects galore.
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Tea, unless I’m in need of a perk, then coffee
  16. Function or fashion?
    Half and half – have to have a little of each.
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    Google.
  18. In another life you were…?
    How about… a butterfly?
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Cinque Terre, Italy
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Ship it!

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It’s nearing the end of the year, and in addition to all of the prognostications and predictions of which celebrities will marry & or maim each other, yet it’s also a time for list making. Whether it be a New Year’s resolution list, a laundry list, or a grocery list, everyone seems to love lists.

Merriam-Webster has their yearly Word of the Year contest (truthiness won this year), so with your help, we would like to find out what is 2006’s Font of the Year. Will it be the ever popular Cooper Black? Will Trebuchet knock the walls out of Castle? Will the serif fonts belittle the sans serif fonts for lack of adornment? Only you can tell.

Help us determine which font will reign supreme until we crown a new Font of the Year in Dec 2007.

To help us determine which font will be crowned, please post a comment with your submission. Please submit only a single font. Yes, unlike with your children, we’re asking you to play favorites. We understand that you might have a very close relationship (some may say almost familial) with some of your fonts, but nonetheless, please only submit one.


Origami Holiday Card

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RG/AFor those of you who have procrastinated so long that there’s no possible way that your friendly neighborhood postman could ever humanly deliver all all of your holiday cards in time, why not send your greetings online? RG/A has created this absolutely fabulous online origami holiday card maker. Enter your own message to create a custom card for all of your friends and family.

Via How Magazine’s blog.


Mexican Blackletter

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Mexican Blackletter bookAn interesting book that covers the usage of the Blackletter font in Mexican daily life was recently published by Mark Batty Publisher. The book, Mexican Blackletter, written by Cristina Paoli, covers how the font permeates society and is used in signage by everyone from shop keepers to physicians. The font is steeped in Mexican culture and tradition, and this book gives us great photos of common uses.

Via Mike Lenhart’s Graphic Design Forum blog.

Read an excerpt from the book over at Graphics.com.


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