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New Year’s 2016: Cutting Boards, Sausages and a Puzzle!

Published by Pascal on in Encodo News (en)

Last year, we sent customers and friends something to drink. This year, we provided some food to go with it: hand-made sausages and an Encodo cutting board!

Not only that, but we also made a 2016 New Year’s Puzzle!

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As almost every year, we had to get organized early in order to accomplish everything by our projected ship-date. As last year, it was only thanks to the efforts of several people at Encodo that we got everything done well and on time.

Visit the whole photo album to see all of the pictures!

Get cutting boards

Before we could engrave cutting boards, we had to get them from somewhere. We came up with measurements and Karin ordered 60 boards from Berchtold Holzbau[1].

She brought them to the office (pictured left), ready for engraving (preview of a draft version on the right).

Make a pattern

 The next question was: what should we put on the cutting board? Well, definitely the logo, but what else? We thought about engraving our signatures on it, but ended... [More]

Encodo 10th Anniversary Team Weekend

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

Encodo celebrated its 10th anniversary as a company this summer in Bussang in the Lorraine region of France.

We’d originally voted on different ideas and a trip to Amsterdam had squeezed by camping by one vote. Planning our weekend in Amsterdam proved difficult. Something called SAIL Amersterdam—which takes place every five years—was on the same weekend we’d chosen and all the hotels were full.

So, we improvised and Karin found a lovely place in Bussang, just about an hour over the border in France.


Karin, Remo, Marco and Kath arrived at 09:00 and moved in. Remo, Marco and Kath headed back to Thann, back over the Col du Bussang, to pick up food and drink for 18 people for 2½ days.

Bonjour, je m’appele Urs.

 While we were shopping, the rest of the crew showed up and Karin called us back because the natives were getting extremely restless—and hungry. They fell on us as we came through the door and (B)Robin had the grill going, Steffi was making dips, vegetables were... [More]


Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

We are happy to welcome Wadim Smirnow to our team!

We have an apprentice!

Published by bizzi on in Encodo News (en)

After a long search, we’ve finally found a first-year apprentice, Robin Henkel. He has already started working for us, doing some practical training throughout the summer until he officially starts his apprenticeship in the fall.

Encodo’s new year’s gift for customers and friends: Williams!

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

 Every year, Encodo tries to do something a little different for an end-of-year gift for colleagues, customers and close friends. Last year, we made Encodo-themed light bulbs with something called the Egg-Bot.

What could we do to top that?

And then, sometime last year, Daniel made a good suggestion: we should totally make our own schnapps!

  • Did we just buy schnapps in the store and put it in a bag with a card? We did not.
  • Did we design a label and slap it onto a bottled filled with someone else’s schnapps? How could you even think that we would?
  • Did we buy a card or come up with our own? You bet we made our own card.
  • Did we buy a farm and grow our own pears? No, you’ve got us there, we didn’t do that.
  • Did we learn glass-blowing in Hergiswil so that we could hand-craft the bottles? No, again, our talents and time-investment lie elsewhere.

But it did take us over a year to get there…read on.

Step 1: Fermentation

  So, starting last year, we laid our plans to make our own Williams,... [More]

More reinforcements!

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

We are happy to welcome Fabrizio Niedda to our team! We are still searching for even more Encodo team members; see our jobs page for more information (available only in German).


Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

We are happy to welcome Tymon Terlikiewicz to our team! We are still searching for even more Encodo team members; see our jobs page for more information (available only in German).

Encodo snow weekend in Savognin (GR)

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

Encodo took a three-day weekend in the Bündner alps at Savognin for some sun, sledding, skiing and snowboarding. Also a bit of billiards, jass, lots of good food and a few beverages.

Check out the album to see pictures.

Encodo’s New Year’s gadget for 2013

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

  As we do every year, Encodo wanted to give its customers, partners and friends an end-of-year gift that was interesting, relatively unique and at least partially hand-made. This year, we built a machine from a kit that would make our presents for us – the Egg-Bot.

We put it together from a couple of hundred pieces, ordered Sharpie markers from the States in all colors of the rainbow and tested several different round things in the Egg-Bot before hitting upon the idea of writing on a light bulb.

We built the graphic in InkScape and used a special Egg-Bot InkScape plugin to drive the Egg-Bot. And then we had poor Frank babysit the Egg-Bot as it whirred and whined its way through the production of several dozen custom Encodo light bulbs.

Check out more pictures in the album. Or check out the video of the manufacturing process below,

The Egg-Bot is hard at work (YouTube)

New presentation online: Is HTML5 a serious development platform?

Published by Marco on in Encodo News (en)

 This past Monday, Encodo had its second networking event of 2013. The topic of the first was also HTML5 and concluded then that web development was better than it ever had been. In the second event, we had a brief presentation on the current drawbacks in HTML5 development and then discussed ways of making HTML5 development better. We had good participation, with developers from seven other companies contributing to the discussion. The presentation is available online: HTML5: Is it a serious development platform? as are a couple of pictures.