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Three Ways to Talk About the Internet of Things

Sometimes, our work feels like a sort of reverse archaeology. Just as archaeologists examine artifacts of the past to understand how people lived, we often encounter vague ideas that speak to the future and have to make our own interpretations

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Lessons from a Master: My Meeting with Massimo Vignelli

As part of Second Story’s contribution to AIGA’s 100 Years of Design, creative director David Waingarten and I flew to New York to film and interview design legends. The goal was to gather reflections and insights from industry giants in

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An Alternate (Augmented) Reality

We’ve been experimenting with augmented reality in our lab recently and have developed a mobile experience that overlays content depending on the observer’s perspective. Our goal was to make a simple and clean demonstration of how digital information can augment

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Life as a Google Glass Explorer

Second Story has recently gotten its hands on a Google Glass. In order to improve our knowledge about heads-up displays, we decided to let whoever was interested use Glass for a day. We all expected the full “gadget” potential of Glass: map

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Mobile Case Study

Second Story is deepening its physical design and environments practice by offering industrial design services to our clientele. We aim to be innovative, designing physical solutions to elevate digital interactive experiences, but our work sometimes requires practical, engineered solutions to

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Finding The Heart of “100 Years of Design”

Last May, we had the opportunity to partner with AIGA, a longtime collaborator and dream client, on a new microsite to commemorate their centennial and celebrate the last 100 years of American design. Our first reaction was excitement: as designers

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100 Years of Design

In 1914, a small group of designers inaugurated what became the American Institute of Graphic Arts. One hundred years later, Second Story has collaborated with AIGA to create a centennial microsite that celebrates the profound impact design has had on

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Balancing Spectacle with the Everyday

In a passage from John Thackara’s book, In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, he takes a critical stance against place marketing and describes his vision for an alternative, more sustainable approach to the design of cities: “A sustainable

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Put a Bird in It

Last month during Design Week Portland, we had a great time taking part in WeMake’s “Put A Bird In It” competition. The challenge was simple: craft a birdhouse to be auctioned off to help support art and music education in Portland’s

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Investing in Mentorship: Crafting a Story with University of Oregon Design Students

Sharing skills and knowledge across disciplines is part of our collaborative culture at Second Story, and my generous colleagues lend themselves without pause. This summer, I had the opportunity to extend the studio’s spirit of mentorship by working with a

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