Back in May, a production team from Lynda.com paid a visit to Second Story and spent about a week quizzing us on process and creativity. The week of interviews resulted in a mini documentary chronicling life at the studio. The video becomes the newest episode in their Creative Inspiration series, a collection of videos capturing creative professionals in their native environments. The other subjects in the series are quite eclectic and include Mark Mothersbaugh, Ze Frank, Troika Design Group, Big Spaceship, and Schematic Interactive. Apparently, they’re working towards a DVD release of the series.
Here’s something of a trailer for the video:
They’ve also posted the overture to the video on YouTube. Here, Brad Johnson talks about classroom charts, bike commuting, comfy conference rooms, science, and creativity. Here it is:
Here’s the Lynda.com synopsis of the documentary:
“Above a bakery in Portland, Oregon, a unique group of storytellers are quietly changing museum and exhibit experiences all over the world. In this Creative Inspirations documentary, we meet Second Story, creators of award-winning interactive projects for clients that include the Getty Museum, National Geographic, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian Institution, just to name but a few.Founders Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson introduce us to their uniquely talented studio where their signature interactive design is conceived and produced. Second Story creates immersive adventures that educate and entertain through compelling visuals, touch and play, and inspiring participation through curiosity. We follow the team as they reveal one of their latest triumphs, the Age of Mammals exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, designed to both please the doctorates and the first graders who participate in their finished project.”
The remaining videos are available in full right here.
As an aside, it’s interesting to see the level of attention contemporary design studios are receiving in the media, specifically in videos. Historically, there has been scant film documentation on designers, besides the most prominent. The web has really changed that, and it’s great to see so many different approaches out there. As a tip of the hat to the masters, here’s a creative documentary rendering of Paul Rand:
—Michael Neault, Content Producer