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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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Storytelling Workshop: Using Fiction and Humor To Confront Emerging Challenges

Last month I had the pleasure of teaching a storytelling workshop to a group of students enrolled in the Collaborative Design MFA program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). The students in this program are focused on cultivating

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Staying Grounded and Taking Chances

With increasing competition from other forms of entertainment and learning, museums are learning to change. They were once sacred spaces, refuges from the ever-changing blur of technology, but that’s not true anymore. These days, museums—like any …

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In-Depth Storytelling

Here in the Second Story Lab, we research new and emerging technologies that have the potential to enhance user experiences. As part of this ongoing quest, we are always on the lookout for new ways of sensing people in spaces. When we saw the dept…

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One State, Ten Days, Many Voices

For two weeks in April 2012, Second Story creative director David Waingarten and his crew, Jefe Greenheart and Kirsten Southwell, set out on a whirlwind tour of North Carolina. Their mission: to capture stories of real citizens speaking about issu…

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Designing Dramaturgy

In December of 2011, I traveled to Atlanta to help install 12 interactives for the new Vault of the Secret Formula at the World of Coca-Cola. I was deeply involved in this project for about eight months, and watched it grow from feverish conceptua…

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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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Conceptual Vistas Part 2: This Time It’s Physical

Recently, my colleague Scott Smith posted some thoughts on authorship and narrative control, in the context of our work. Stories and their trajectories are a big part of exhibit design, but a visitor brings unpredictable perspectives and patterns …

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Conceptual Vistas

Citizen Kane, dir. Orson Welles, 1941 Here at Second Story, we consider ourselves storytellers. But not so fast: Let’s look at that term, storyteller. When I tell my daughter a story, I’m controlling a narrative that has a beginning, a middle, and…

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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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