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.
Who We Are
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
SEGD Global Design Awards
What happens when the story finds you? Technical Director Yasmin Elayat explains.
Interactive Developer Chris Carlson reflects on our work for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the future of responsive environments.
Associate Creative Director, Experience Design Pavani Yalla and the Second Story Atlanta team play with the potential of iBeacon technology.
Coming up next month: Design Director Chris DeWan will speak alongside other creatives @ Bend Design 2015. https://t.co/FHmiTmwqAg
Help us push boundaries, innovate, and redefine the world of interactive storytelling. If you want to make an impact and challenge yourself, join our team. We are driven by design, technology, and the magic moment when concepts come to life.
We enjoy working with people from diverse and eclectic backgrounds from the visual arts, engineering, film, liberal arts, and humanities. The formula is simple: combine a shared love for storytelling, technology, and a desire to make great things.
Send your information to email@example.com, show us your work, and let us know why you want to be part of our team.
- Environmental Designer/Project Architect, ATL
- Creative Technologist, NYC
- Environmental Designer/Project Architect, NYC
- Interactive Visual Designer, NYC
- Environmental Designer/Project Architect, PDX
- Interactive Visual Designer, PDX
We are always looking to collaborate with new people to enliven our studios and bring new perspectives to our work. Our active internship, apprenticeship, and artist-in-residence programs focus on training, collaborative two-way learning, and providing real-world experience.
Please send an introduction, your resume, and a link to your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Story has received over 400 awards and accolades in competitions, festivals, and events, and our work has been featured in many books, magazines, and articles in both the trade and popular press.
AIGA / 6
American Alliance of Museums Awards / 27
Art Directors Awards / 10
Communication Arts Interactive Awards / 23
HOW Interactive Design Awards / 36
I.D. Annual Review / 12
IXDA Interaction Awards / 4
Museums and the Web, Best of the Web Awards / 10
One Show Interactive / 9
Print Digital Design Annual / 9
Webby Awards / 7
Two of our projects were inducted into the Smithsonian’s Permanent Research Collections in 1999 and 2003, and several Web sites have been featured and awarded in the SXSW and Sundance Festivals. We were recognized in 2004 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and at the White House for our decade of work as part of the National Design Awards. The studio was the subject of a feature story in the New York Times in 2006, and was profiled in a creative inspiration video series by lynda.com in 2011.
3630 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
40 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
714 N Fremont St, No 200
Portland, OR 97227
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.