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Studio Dog Showcase

Here at Second Story, we certainly consider ourselves to be “dog people.” Our studio canines are essential to our culture and an important part of our every day, from walks around our North Portland neighborhood to the ever-present click-clack of

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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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Playtime with the Microsoft Surface

The studio was delighted to receive the new Microsoft Surface 2 yesterday—now, it’s time to experiment. All hands on deck. A few photos from our first date with the technology…

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Point Clouds

We’ve all have to arrange and rearrange things on a daily basis. We arrange things in our personal lives—our sock drawers, puzzles, furniture, or a bouquet of flowers—and in our professional lives—Photoshop layers, audio tracks, the events in a pr…

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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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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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Analyzing Chocolate

At Second Story, we are proud of our ability to organize and synthesize massive amounts of client data and content. It’s our job to understand the particulars as well as see the big picture, and to transmute raw data and content into vivid interac…

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Making Soap

Here at Second Story, we pride ourselves on pushing the edges of existing technologies. But we also know how to create things using old-school methods. Back in our Media Lab – a place where multi-touch tables and depth sensing reactive displays re…

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Books and Interactivity

Recently, my colleague Daniel Meyers wrote a post about the importance of creative professionals to ask the question Why? rather than to jump into the question How? User experience is at the heart of the discussion: Let’s consider the user’s aims …

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Experiments with the Microsoft Kinect module

In the Second Story Medial lab, we have been experimenting with the Microsoft Kinect module to determine if it could be used to track groups of people for interactive exhibits. Because the sensor returns a range image of the scene, it is possible …

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