Records of Rights Exhibit
Since 2004, we’ve done quite a bit of work with the National Archives and Records Administration. Our most recent collaboration, an interactive table and wall display, opened to the public this week as part of the permanent Records of Rights exhibit at the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery. Our website to accompany the installation also launched, enabling users the world over to explore the exhibit’s content. A comprehensive look at human rights struggles and successes in America, we’re proud to have been involved in such a culturally significant project.
DSE Content Awards
We’re rounding out 2013 with some more great news: the Pulse and the Connections Experience, two interactive installations at the Emerging Issues Commons, have been selected as finalists for a 2014 DSE Content Award!
2014 Interaction Awards
The Emerging Issues Commons project is a finalist for a 2014 Interaction Award in the “Connecting” category! The big winners will be announced in Amsterdam on February 8th during the Interaction14 conference. The Commons was an important project for the studio, and we’re thrilled to see it recognized by such a prestigious competition.
Pixel Award Nominations
Two of our projects have been nominated for 2013 Pixel Awards: the Ecological Urbanism app and the Inventing Abstraction website! The competition is stiff, but we’re honored to be in such good company.
Time Out Los Angeles
University of Oregon Presentation
We’ve been lucky to collaborate with the University of Oregon in a number of ways over the past few years, and on Thursday, November 21, we will have another opportunity. Daniel Meyers, Creative Director, Environments, and David Waingarten, Creative Director, Storytelling, will present to the Cinema Studies program as part of the Working Filmmaker Series. They will discuss their training and experience as an architect and filmmaker, respectively, and explore the Ford Alumni Center project as an illustration of the exciting ways in which media industries are converging.
Ringling College of Art and Design
Chris DeWan, Associate Creative Director, Design, will visit Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL on Monday, November 25th. The entire college is invited to meet Chris and learn about our work, the role of designers at our studio, and potential internship opportunities.
Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History
The Digital Archive we helped create for the Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project has been selected to receive the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. Congratulations to our clients and partners!
On November 15th, Junior Experience Designer Joe Carolino and Interaction Designer Marc Lehman will return to Oregon State University, their alma mater, to run a workshop for current design students. They’ll share their own professional stories, present the studio’s work, and help the students develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities.
100 Years of Design Preview
A preview of 100 Years of Design, a website we’ve been working on to celebrate AIGA‘s centennial, has gone live! We will be rolling out lots of new content over the coming months to help tell the story of the last century in American design, including excerpts from interviews with living masters and additional artifacts to explore. It has been an honor to help the storied organization commemorate its anniversary, and we’re looking forward to sharing the final product.
Realtime Conference & U of O Presentation
Members of our staff will be busy in and out of the studio this week. Senior Interaction Designer Traci Sym and Senior Interactive Developer Alex Cho will present at this Friday’s Realtime Conference in Portland. They’ll examine how web technologies are creating responsive physical experiences that provoke live connections and discourse for face-to-face interactions, citing our current work for Occidental College as an example. A few tickets for the conference are still available here. Also on Friday, Senior Producer Heather Daniel will visit a University of Oregon Interactive Media class to speak about Second Story’s approach to storytelling and lead a discussion about the role of Producers in the creative process.
Lyt at Maker Faire Rome
Lyt, our latest Second Story Labs project, made its debut over the weekend at Intel‘s booth at Maker Faire Rome. Incorporating Intel’s new Galileo development board, we created a collaborative interactive ambient light fixture, controllable via mobile phone. Head over to the Creators Project site for more information about the project, a video demo of Lyt in action, and to learn how to make one of your very own!
Design Week Portland
Design Week Portland is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate our city’s creative community alongside our peers. On Thursday, October 10th, our studio will be open to the public from 4 PM - 7 PM. Make sure to stop by to meet our team and learn more about our work! From 6:30 PM - 9 PM that same night, Julie Beeler will participate in a panel discussion about the role of women in the design industry. Finally, on Friday, October 11th at 7 PM, join us for The Shape of Story, an interactive presentation in collaboration with OPB, The Oregonian, Periscopic, filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald, and University of Oregon’s Multimedia Journalism master’s program. Focused on the subject of gun rights, the evening will feature short films exploring the many sides of the issue, and a new mobile app we’ve created will be used to gather audience feedback and facilitate dialogue. David Miller, the host of OPB’s “Think Out Loud,” will moderate a discussion after the presentation.
Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference
AIGA’s “Head, Heart, Hand” design conference is coming up on October 10 - 12 in Minneapolis, and they’ve put together a terrific lineup that includes our own Julie Beeler. On the 12th, Julie will participate in Visual Narratives Across Platforms and Screens, a session exploring emerging visual storytelling techniques. Check out the conference website to register and learn more about about the program.
A Better World by Design Conference
Co-founders Brad Johnson and Julie Beeler are key speakers at the 2013 A Better World by Design Conference in Providence, RI September 27 - 29. Read an interview with Julie about our creative process, her most memorable projects, and more on the conference’s blog.
We are honored to be included as a featured speaker and presenter at next year’s OFFF event in Barcelona! The festival is sure to excite and inspire us, and we look forward to sharing our work.
A Man’s World, Miami
At the end of May, we participated in “A Man’s World, Miami,” an incredible evening celebrating the Hermès brand and its latest men’s collection. In collaboration with our colleagues from SapientNitro, we devised a series of interactive installations that toyed with guests’ notions of perception and illusion. Head over to our project page to see what we dreamed up.
Communication Arts Webpick of the Week
Interactive Developer Chris Carlson has had a busy summer! In June, he traveled to Barcelona to present his Borderlands Granular app at the Sónar Festival. In September, he’ll head back overseas to Linz, Austria where he’ll accept the Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in the Digital Music and Sound Art category for Borderlands. The app will be shown as part of the Cyberarts Exhibition, and Chris will give a short talk, serve on a panel, and perform at the Ars Electronica Music Day.
Storytelling Workshop at PNCA
On August 14th, Senior Content Strategist Laura Allcorn will be teaching a Storytelling Workshop for incoming MFA students in the Collaborative Design program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). As part of a two-week design intensive, Laura will discuss storytelling strategies, tools, and using humor to spark dialogue about controversial subject matter.