Elevating
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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Creative Mornings

Creative Mornings

On Friday, September 18th, Executive Creative Director Keri Elmsly will present as part of the always inspiring Creative Mornings Portland series! Registration opens September 14th.


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.


Object:Photo

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.


100 Years of Design

D&AD Awards

100 Years of Design has been much celebrated since its launch, and it just received its most prestigious accolade to date: a Graphite Pencil in the D&AD Awards!


AIGA ATL Buzz

Our Atlanta studio is hosting the next AIGA ATL Open Studio Happy Hour on May 28th from 7 PM - 9 PM. Pop in to meet our team, tour our space, and spend some time with the local creative community.


ADC Portfolio Night

Atlanta Portfolio Night

On May 20th, Creative Director Joel Krieger and Associate Creative Director Pavani Yalla will review work as part of Atlanta’s ADC Portfolio Night 13. The event presents a terrific opportunity for aspiring creatives to learn from industry professionals.


Learning to See

Awards Recap

2015 has been a big year for awards so far, and we’re ecstatic to keep adding to our mantel! First, the Times Square 4K Screen Launch project received a One Show Merit Award in the new Responsive Environments category. Then, the Communicator Awards recognized 100 Years of Design with two Gold Awards of Excellence, while My Coke Art and our work for the Center for Civil and Human Rights each received one, and Learning to See and our contributions to the National Civil Rights Museum were both celebrated with Silver Awards of Distinction. Finally, our work for Whole Foods – winner of a FAB Award in the Interiors/Environment category – received Platinum/Best in Show in the Creativity International Media & Interactive Design Awards. Object:Photo received the same honors, while the Times Square 4K Screen Launch project won Gold.


Global Crossroads

Digital Signage Awards

Two exciting updates on one of our most interesting recent projects: Global Crossroads for Occidental College has won a Digital Signage Award in the Education category and a gold DSE Apex Content Award in the Education & Healthcare category!


Here to There

TFI Interactive Day

At the Tribeca Film Institute Interactive Day over the weekend, we invited the audience into our Here to There experiment. Using mobile beacons, choreographed movement, and a narrative from TFIi keynote speaker Lucy McRae, the experience explored how presence, physical space, and human intervention work with wearable technology to tell a story. See images from the experiment along with an interview with Technical Director Yasmin Elayat and Executive Technical Director Thomas Wester here.


Webby Awards

More love for 100 Years of Design: it has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Websites: Associations category of the 2015 Webby Awards!


Stop-Motion Studio

HOW International Design Awards

Stop-Motion Studio has received Outstanding Achievement recognition in the Kiosks/Interactive Exhibits category of the HOW International Design Awards! Look for the project in this month’s issue of HOW Magazine.


Object:Photo

WEBpick of the Week

The Object:Photo website is Communication Arts’ WEBpick of the Week! Visit the site to learn more about the Museum of Modern Art’s extraordinary Thomas Walther Collection.


100 Years of Design

SXSW

We couldn’t be happier to announce that 100 Years of Design has won a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award in the Responsive Design category! The competition was fierce this year, and we’re thrilled to see this rich site continue to receive recognition. Make sure to visit celebratedesign.org to share what design means to you.


Diode Gallery

Diode Gallery Installation

We recently transformed a street-level display window at Portland’s Diode Gallery into an interactive canvas. The installation, which influences the face of the street and activates pedestrians in an unexpected way, will be up until April 1st.


Blog

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.



Recent Posts


Happy Accidents

Responsive Environments: Denver Botanic Gardens

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

Creative Coding Art Workshop

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Twitter


RT @KeriElmsly: First Time out in PDX speaking on empathy with some love & risk for @Portland_CM https://t.co/2QrIMfdqZc


Looking forward to experiencing 20 VR films from around the world @ the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival this wkd: http://t.co/CyvnrVi8vY #PDX


Mark your calendars: ECD @KeriElmsly will talk art, design, & tech @Portland_CM on Fri, 9/18! Registration opens 9/14 http://t.co/8pSWMZsyMw


RT @CyberTouchAV: Check out @cybertouchav Tables and Walls come alive with @secondStory content! https://t.co/sXj1mVQEQL


Our collaboration w/ @GoatFarmArtsCtr has won a @reddot Award! #Trashtag brought social media into physical space: http://t.co/8xDYNkcZMo


Our updated ArtClix app is live, connecting visitors to @HighMuseumofArt’s collection via video, custom emojis + more http://t.co/DAOwZTLyAF


Our ECD @KeriElmsly is speaking at this year’s @inst_int, exploring the intersection of art, tech, and interaction. https://t.co/CB7dYctOv5


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Contact

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No 1600
Atlanta, GA 30326
atlanta@secondstory.com
(770) 407-3407


New York

40 Fulton Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10038
newyork@secondstory.com
(646) 478-9865


Portland

714 N Fremont St, No 200
Portland, OR 97227
portland@secondstory.com
(503) 827-7155


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.