the Art of Storytelling
Second Story is a network of design studios focusing on responsive environments, story-driven experiences, and experience innovation. For more than 20 years, we have conceptualized, designed, and developed projects that educate, immerse, and activate across the cultural and brand space.
Who We Are
AAM MUSE Award
The American Alliance of Museums annual meeting started off the best way imaginable for us: with a gold Media & Technology MUSE Award for Common Threads! We accepted the honors alongside our client from the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, a perfect coda to a great collaboration.
We’ve spent the past year working closely with the team at SFMOMA on the new Photography Interpretive Gallery, a warm, welcoming space where visitors discover the history of the medium through three interactive digital exhibits. The gallery, designed by Second Story, provides museum-goers with a place to both relax and explore, offering installations that consider the role pictures have played in shaping the mythology of California, offer a first-person look at the creative processes of prominent photographers, and challenge visitors to represent themselves using only the contents of their pockets.
We received Platinum: Best in Category recognition in the Creativity Media & Interactive Design Awards for our work for Nokia Technologies, Gonzaga University, and The Textile Museum! Quite a way to kick off the week!
Experiential Marketing Summit
Today at the Experiential Marketing Summit in Denver, Creative Director Joel Krieger joins Craig Lovin, creative director at World of Coca-Cola, to discuss finding patterns in human interaction and designing moving experiences around them.
The Communicator Awards gave us much to celebrate this year: six Gold Awards of Excellence and three Silver Awards of Distinction! The winning work spans a variety of media types, a true testament to the breadth of our skills across all three studio geographies.
Student tours are always a treat, and yesterday’s was no exception. We were delighted to welcome a group of high schoolers from Atlanta’s The New School to meet our team and visit our lab.
Creative Tech Week
It’s Creative Tech Week in New York, and Associate Creative Director Adi Marom is among the many esteemed presenters. Join her on Monday, May 2nd, as she talks about storytelling in physical space.
Design Week Portland
Design Week Portland is in full swing, and we’ve had a blast so far. First, Creative Director Kelsey Snook participated in a Digital Storytelling panel on Monday, April 18th. Alongside other interactive creators, she explored the expanding landscape’s trends, tools, and platforms. The next day, we threw open our doors for our annual Open House. More than 125 people popped by to hang out with our team, talk shop, and play with our toys.
Senior Interactive Developer Chris Carlson is headed to Charlottesville this week to speak to UVA music students about his Borderlands Granular iPad app, life as a creative coder, and his work with Second Story.
Learning to See has won a Pixel Award! We’re thrilled to see our exhibit for the Denver Botanic Gardens stand out in the highly competitive Arts & Installations category. Also nominated this year: our wall installations for Gonzaga University, and the Object:Photo website for The Museum of Modern Art.
DSE APEX Awards
The 2016 DSE APEX Awards were good to us. We won Gold for both the Hemmingson Center Interactives and the Times Square 4K Screen Launch, with the latter also receiving Installation of the Year honors!
National Student Show & Conference
The National Student Show & Conference offers young designers, writers, and artists the chance to learn from, network with, and be inspired by professional creatives. Among those participating this year: Story Director David Waingarten, who will deliver the conference’s opening keynote address.
Store of the Year
Digital Signage Expo
Lead Integration Engineer Matt Arnold is heading to Vegas to speak at this year’s Digital Signage Expo. In a seminar on Wednesday, March 16th, he’ll discuss the keys to blending technology and environment to create seamless experiences.
Women in Design Panel
On Thursday, March 10th, as part of the AIGA Women Lead Initiative, ECD Keri Elmsly will join a panel of Portland’s creative leaders to celebrate and foster women’s achievements in design. Tickets for the event are available on the AIGA Portland website.
Digital Signage Today
We’re always looking for creative ways to enhance the digital signage experience. Read our Matt Arnold’s thoughts on the future of the industry here.
Communication Arts Interactive
Help us push boundaries, innovate, and redefine the world of interactive storytelling. If you want to make an impact and challenge yourself, join our team. We are driven by design, technology, and the magic moment when concepts come to life.
We enjoy working with people from diverse and eclectic backgrounds from the visual arts, engineering, film, liberal arts, and humanities. The formula is simple: combine a shared love for storytelling, technology, and a desire to make great things.
Send your information to email@example.com, show us your work, and let us know why you want to be part of our team.
We are always looking to collaborate with new people to enliven our studios and bring new perspectives to our work. Our active internship program focuses on training, collaborative two-way learning, and providing real-world experience.
Please send an introduction, your resume, and a link to your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Story has received over 400 awards and accolades in competitions, festivals, and events, and our work has been featured in many books, magazines, and articles in both the trade and popular press.
AIGA / 7
American Alliance of Museums Awards / 27
Art Directors Awards / 10
Communication Arts Interactive Awards / 24
HOW Interactive Design Awards / 41
I.D. Annual Review / 12
IxDA Interaction Awards / 6
Museums and the Web, Best of the Web Awards / 10
One Show Interactive / 9
Print Digital Design Annual / 9
Webby Awards / 7
Two of our projects were inducted into the Smithsonian’s Permanent Research Collections in 1999 and 2003, and several Web sites have been featured and awarded in the SXSW and Sundance Festivals. We were recognized in 2004 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and at the White House for our decade of work as part of the National Design Awards. The studio was the subject of a feature story in the New York Times in 2006, and was profiled in a creative inspiration video series by lynda.com in 2011.
3630 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
40 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
714 N Fremont St, No 200
Portland, OR 97227
Inquiries & Opportunities
Second Story is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with partners on projects under development, or contribute our expertise to planning interpretive strategies and defining new ways to implement interactive media. Please contact us to discuss new opportunities for collaboration or to learn more about our capabilities.