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Weird Reality

For the past few months, we’ve been working away on a number of lab experiments that consider how virtual reality can be used in a museum context. We’ve been curious about how it can be social—simultaneously engaging small groups of

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Stepping into the Future of Collaborative Workspaces

While architectural forms are frequently fixed in space, new technology allows us to push and pull at the seams of our physical surroundings, shaping our conscious interactions and unconscious perceptions. Successful responsive environments meet the needs of their inhabitants through

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Being There

Imagine a place where buffalo, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope roam freely, sometimes just a few feet from your wide eyes. Where in the course of a single day, you can hike through towering granite spires, dive off sun-baked rocks

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Let’s Play!

Meaningful audience engagement is an experience designer’s ultimate goal. However, we are often designing for a very broad demographic, or—due to the novelty of many of our experiences—a demographic that we know very little about. So how do we design

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Responsive Environments: Denver Botanic Gardens

The result of calm technology is to put us at home, in a familiar place. When our periphery is functioning well we are tuned into what is happening around us, and so also to what is going to happen, and

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Here to There: What Happens When the Story Finds You?

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival’s Interactive Playground—a gathering of panels, talks, and experiences—Second Story debuted Here to There, an experiment using wearable technology as a new medium for immersive storytelling. We were excited about creating an environment where we

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A Giffy NYC Welcome to Adi & Erin

While shooting in the lab for a projection mapping prototype featuring full-body images, the New York team spawned an unintended gif to celebrate Adi & Erin joining the gang. – Justin Berg, Experience Design Lead

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Cheers to 2015

Second Story partnered with Premier Press in Portland to produce a three-piece set of coasters celebrating the new year. We collaborated across our three geographies to come up with designs honoring an iconic texture from each city: a perfectly imperfect wood grain for Portland,

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People As Performers: Setting The Stage For Interaction

Last year, SEGD invited us to create an art installation at the Lovejoy Fountain for a one-night event during Design Week Portland. As we delved into the project, we learned that, almost 50 years ago, Lawrence Halprin designed the Lovejoy

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24 Frames of Craft-mas

This holiday season marks the 50th anniversary of the Rankin-Bass stop-motion classic: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This film has delighted audiences both young and old since 1964—and been a major influence on filmmakers like Tim Burton, Henry Selick and Wes

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