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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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To Dot or Not to Dot

A preview of our “100 Years of Design” website in honor of the AIGA’s centennial has recently gone live. The full experience, which will feature additional artifacts, interviews with legendary artists, and more, will be unveiled in January 2014, but the preview includes

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Historical Voices from North Carolina

Visitors to the Emerging Issues Commons may be drawn in by large-scale displays visualizing data, interactive tables enabling them to add their own suggestions for how to improve North Carolina’s future, or the voice of Governor Hunt greeting them from the

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Looking through the Keyhole: Reinventing the Optical Peepshow

The technology of popular entertainment is ever-changing and constantly evolving, but if you distill the experience down to its essence, you’ll witness some very similar patterns. Consider pre-cinema optical devices like magic lanterns and nicke…

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Developing the Next Talkie

If you haven’t seen the 1952 movie Singin’ in the Rain, well, I envy you, because you can only see it for the first time once. Aside from being one of my favorite films, I’ve found that to be a great look at the collaborative creative process, esp…

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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes- Grand Opening

This past weekend I attended the grand opening of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. Considering Los Angeles’ rich Mexican-American history, it is surprising that this is the first Mexican-American cultural center in this city. And becaus…

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Moving beyond boring old “real:” some future uses of 3d digital modeling and rendering for designers. (Installment 1)

Over the next few weeks I’ll be exploring some implications and uses of 3d digital environments and visualizations outside of the largely accepted commercial uses: CG animation, architectural renderings and the like. I’m sure some of you out there…

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