the Art of Storytelling

Second Story is a network of design studios that focuses on responsive environments, story-driven experiences, experimentation, and innovation. For more than 20 years, we have conceptualized, designed, and developed projects that educate, immerse, and activate across the cultural and brand space.

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Free Zone

Best of ATL Block Party

Reuniting with the Goat Farm Arts Center, our collaborators on #Trashtag, we’ve taken an imaginative approach to environmental signage for Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Block Party. Free Zone raises questions about the future of technology-driven societies and the human costs of technological evolution. Read more about the project here, and check out the installation in person on Friday, September 25th from 6-11 PM.


With its focus on the art of interactivity, the INSTINT conference in Minneapolis has been a great source of inspiration for us over the years. This time around, ECD Keri Elmsly will do some inspiring herself as a featured speaker. She will present on the landscape of risk and reward in making Speculative Architecture a reality and how love and trust are fundamental in professional practice.

Creative Mornings

Creative Mornings

Executive Creative Director Keri Elmsly shared her thoughts on empathy as part of the always enjoyable Creative Mornings Portland series. Video of the presentation is now available on their website.

Times Square 4K Screen Launch

W³ Awards

The W³ Awards recognized our work again this year! Whole Foods Market Store and Times Square 4K Screen Launch both received gold, while Object:Photo earned silver.

ArtClix 2015

Culture Cache

Can technology refresh the cultural experience? On Wednesday, September 16th at the beautiful High Museum of Art, our Keri Elmsly will moderate a panel exploring this question. Meet representatives from the Goat Farm Arts Center, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the High and hear what they have to say about Atlanta’s thriving Creative Technology scene. Tickets are free, and a few are still available!

1100 SE Division Map


We’ve taken over a vacant storefront at 1100 SE Division St. in Portland with our latest lab experiment, LANDSCAPES. The sculpture integrates responsive technology, robotics, LED lighting, and simple origami forms to create a meditative experience exploring the nature of change. We invite everyone to consider the landscape around them and share their observations on our Instagram account: pdxlandscapes. Tag #pdxlandscapes with your photos.

Bend Design 2015

Bend Design 2015

Bend Design 2015 is a “celebration of design thinking and design doing” that will bring together multidisciplinary thinkers from across the country. Among the impressive array of speakers: Design Director Chris DeWan. Click here to see the full roster of artists, architects, and innovators and to register for the conference, coming up in mid-October.

Young + Local: PDX

Senior Experience Designer Laura Allcorn is returning to the Pacific Northwest College of Art, her alma mater, on September 9th to participate in Young + Local: PDX Panel Discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Smarties Awards

Creative Director Chris Cobb has an enviable task ahead of him: choosing the best mobile marketing work of the year. He is a juror for the 2015 Smarties Awards honoring innovation, creativity, and success.

ArtClix 2015

ArtClix 2015

We recently launched an update to the award-winning ArtClix app we designed and developed for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in 2011. To provide visitors with new opportunities to connect with and respond to the museum’s collection, we added video capabilities and enhanced the comments section to include the first ever museum-commissioned emojis. Check out the museum’s press release about the launch and download the app here.


Red Dot & Interactive Media Awards

August has been good to us so far on the awards front. Standing out among more than 7,400 entries from 53 countries, #Trashtag, our physical installation with a digital twist, has been honored with a Red Dot Award: Communication Design! On the web, Object:Photo received Best in Class distinctions from the Interactive Media Awards in two different categories.

Borderlands Granular

Borderlands Granular

Congratulations to Interactive Developer Chris Carlson on a big win in the 2015 ZKM App Art Awards! Borderlands Granular, Chris’s musical instrument for the iPad, received the Special Prize for Sound Art.

New Frontier Day Lab

New Frontier Day Lab

Technical Director Yasmin Elayat is serving as a mentor and panelist for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Day Lab. The event focuses on experimental non-fiction storytelling, a medium Yasmin explored in her collaborative documentary 18 Days in Egypt.

ADCC Directions 2015

Creative Director Chris Cobb is part of the Interactive judging panel for the Directions 2015 Awards. On June 12th, he’ll have the privilege of reviewing Canada’s best work in advertising, design, and interactive media.

Learning to See

SEGD Global Design Awards

Starting June off right, two different projects were honored with SEGD Global Design Awards! #Trashtag won both an Honor Award and the Sylvia Harris Award, and Learning to See earned a Merit Award.


Here to There: What Happens When the Story Finds You?

What happens when the story finds you? Technical Director Yasmin Elayat explains.

Responsive Environments: Denver Botanic Gardens

Interactive Developer Chris Carlson reflects on our work for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the future of responsive environments.

iBeacon Technology: From Lab to Launch

Associate Creative Director, Experience Design Pavani Yalla and the Second Story Atlanta team play with the potential of iBeacon technology.

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One month from today, Design Director Chris DeWan hits the @BendDesignCon! More info here: http://t.co/REthuBPGOl https://t.co/xt57YQkvc0

One week from today, Design Director Chris DeWan hits the @BendDesignCon! More info here: http://t.co/REthuBPGOl https://t.co/xt57YQkvc0

On display now: LANDSCAPES, a reactive art installation using robotics, LEDs & origami. Check it out @ 1100 SE Division - #102 in #PDX!

RT @inst_int: .@SecondStory used #kinect & #unity to make: http://t.co/Srk8AXXPDl | We have a workshop on using those together: http://t.co/DZ0RVDOEfp

Tomorrow night from 6:30 - 8 PM, check out “Young + Local: PDX Panel Discussion” @pnca w/ our Laura Allcorn! http://t.co/WJaD6hdAWh #pdx

RT @nathanc: Mark your calendars now. It’s almost time to register for @Portland_CM on #empathy w/ @KeriElmsly from @SecondStory http://t.co/dJBBzYIrt4

Coming up next month: Design Director Chris DeWan will speak alongside other creatives @ Bend Design 2015. https://t.co/FHmiTmwqAg

RT @ChuteGerdeman: A responsive environment designed to inspire and delight through the activation of senses: http://t.co/po0zHHzTN4 via @secondstory

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Inquiries & Opportunities

Second Story is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with partners on projects under development, or contribute our expertise to planning interpretive strategies and defining new ways to implement interactive media. Please contact us to discuss new opportunities for collaboration or to learn more about our capabilities.