the Art of Storytelling
Second Story is an innovation center pioneering new interactive experiences. We push the boundaries of storytelling for brands and institutions across digital channels—web, mobile, and installations—empowering audiences to connect and share.
Who We Are
Members of our Portland and Atlanta Experience Design teams are headed to North Carolina on March 23rd to run a workshop at NCSU. Kirsten Southwell and Justin Berg will work with graphic design students to help them reimagine functional, tool-based experiences as story-based experiences in physical space.
PWA Career Day
We were delighted to once again take part in Portland Workforce Alliance‘s Career Day. The organization fosters relationships between local businesses and Portland’s public schools, and we’ve worked with them over the past few years to share with current students a bit about ourselves and our work. Hearing from designers, developers, producers, and creative directors, the high-schoolers learned about the diverse paths that led members of our team to Second Story. We hope we inspired them as much as they inspired us.
The Future of Design for Listening
On February 26th at Soho House, Mara Gerstein, Studio Director at our New York lab, will be part of an intimate panel discussion focused on how to design for listening experiences.
SXSW & Pixel Awards
White House Holiday Tour Experience
In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Second Story has created an interactive snowscape for the White House’s holiday decorations to be featured on the Holiday Tour. This year’s theme of “A Children’s Winter Wonderland” combined with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative inspired the project that will be on display through the holiday season. The installation is the first of its kind in the White House and exemplifies the administration’s commitment to technology, American innovation and design – sometimes referred to as STEAM, something we here at Second Story are passionate about. To learn more about the project, visit the NEA for the office press release or read the White House’s press release. Check out some notable press that has come out here and here.
Times Square 4K Screen Launch
Our largest scale project to date debuted last night in Times Square: a transmedia exhibition commemorating the launch of the world’s largest 4K display! Built by Vornado Realty Trust, the screen boasts 25 million pixels, creating a spectacular stage for the interactive generative-graphic takeover we produced in collaboration with artists Universal Everything. Find out more on our project page.
Creative Director Daniel Meyers, AIA and Experience Design Director Traci Sym will lecture at the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho on Thursday, October 16th. The lecture will focus on the emerging and merging disciplines of Experience Design and Architecture, on the theoretical and practical realities of integrated practices, and on the works that are coming from this new paradigm.
Design Week Portland
Design Week Portland is right around the corner, and we’re very excited to celebrate our city’s creative spirit alongside our peers in the industry. On Tuesday, October 7th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, check out our interactive art installation at Lovejoy Fountain as part of SEGD Portland’s “Revolution in the Landscape.” The next day, we’ll open our studio doors from 4 PM - 7 PM, inviting the public in to see our space, meet our team, and play with the toys in our media lab. Join us!
Open Hardware Summit
Yasmin Elayat, Technical Director in our New York studio and the newest addition to our team, will speak at the 2014 Open Hardware Summit in Rome on September 30th. Her talk will focus on how technology can be used to break the boundaries of storytelling, enabling audiences to become co-creators, not just spectators.
Portland Mini Maker Faire
The Portland Mini Maker Faire is coming soon, and we can’t wait to see what our fellow tinkerers dream up. Pay a visit to our booth Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th between 10 AM and 5 PM, where members of our team will show you how to Construct-a-Comic!
Lead Integration Engineer Matt Arnold is Toronto-bound September 17th to present at DSrupted 2014. Focusing on our responsive environments work, Matt will speak about engaging audiences using narrative spaces.
Together at the Diode Gallery
Interactive Developer Dimitrii Pokrovskii collaborated with other local artists & engineers on an art experiment to be displayed at Portland’s Diode Gallery this Saturday, August 16th. Get your free ticket to the show here!
World of Coca-Cola Explorer
Our latest collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company recently went live! The context-aware Explorer mobile app is designed to complement a visit to the World of Coca-Cola, leveraging iBeacon technology for maximum engagement, shareability, and fun. Our project page has all the details.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at our Lovejoy Fountain activation for 2014’s Design Week Portland with Senior Content Strategist Laura Allcorn and Interactive Developer Chris Carlson.
Associate Creative Director, Experience Design Pavani Yalla and the Second Story Atlanta team play with the potential of iBeacon technology.
Putting on his “reverse archaeologist hat,” Senior Experience Designer Norman Lau considers three ways to talk about the Internet of Things.
Wandering within Magritte paintings, thanks to the Unreal Engine: http://t.co/06yiUCqxfi
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 and need 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.
- Industrial Designer, Atlanta
- Interactive Developer, Atlanta
- Project Architect, Location Flexible
- Creative Technologist, NYC
We are always looking to collaborate with new people to enliven the studio 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 / 3
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.