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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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Launching Satellite

The typical interactive surface does very little to engage our very fine touch senses. Our fingers reach out and find smooth glass, rather than objects. Finding new ways to integrate tangible interaction into digital experiences has long been a go…

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Books and Interactivity Redux (Samovar Edition)

Last year, when I wrote about the future of the interactive book, I had read books on smartphones. But now I have an iPad, and it’s been an entirely different reading experience. Man, do I love it. The Kindle may be light, use e-ink, and have insa…

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The Vault of the Secret Formula

Earlier today, December 8th, 2011, the Chairman of the Board of Coca-Cola unveiled the opening of The Vault of the Secret Formula at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA. Mythology and intrigue fill the experience as visitors take a journey throu…

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Intuitive Vs. Curated Experiences

A fantastic discussion broke out recently about intuitive vs. curated experiences. Some co-workers and I were talking about the subjectivity involved in experience—how each of us brings our own ideas, memories, and personal preferences with us as …

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Exploring Space in the Adler Planetarium Sky Theater Welcome Gallery

Second Story, in collaboration with Snibbe Interactive, designed four interactive experiences for the Adler Planetarium Sky Theater Welcome Gallery, which opened earlier this month. The creative challenge: how to allow visitors to explore in the m…

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Working with design students in North Carolina

While in Raleigh last month Julie and I got to review final projects for students in NC State’s Graphic Design Program. The class was led by Santiago Piedrafita, an old professor of mine back at MCAD, and now the Head of Graphic Design at NC State…

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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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Infinite Creativity at FITC Amsterdam

Last week I travelled to Amsterdam to speak at the FITC conference. In addition to speaking, I also installed a new iteration of the Infinite Creativity experience. We originally installed this at The Tech Museum in San Jose and at Adobe Max ’11. …

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A New Kind of Experience… er, Application

I’ve been developing technology based experiences in museums for the better part of two decades and I love seeing the evolution of experiences not only from the museum-perspective but as part of a change in our audiences. Visitors have become more…

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