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ESI at Archtober: A talk on designing for the non-traditional canvas, media architecture and placemaking, Oct 18

September 21, 2017

ESI at Archtober: A talk on designing for the non-traditional canvas, media architecture and placemaking, Oct 18

The future of interior design for public spaces lies in the creation of dynamic media that expands the both the architecture it inhabits and the public imagination. In collaboration with the New York School of Interior D...

You Pick: Vote for ESI Design at SXSW 2018

August 22, 2017

You Pick: Vote for ESI Design at SXSW 2018

One of the coolest things about the SXSW interactive, film, and music festival is that the public, like you and me, have a say in what sessions make it into the official schedule. But to do that, you need to vote! Th...

Play Interactive Games by ESI Design and Many Other Game Designers at Come Out & Play New York

July 6, 2017

Play Interactive Games by ESI Design and Many Other Game Designers at Come Out & Play New York

ESI Design is excited to participate in the Come Out & Play Festival New York and be lead partner for Family Day on July 22. If you haven’t yet heard of Come Out & Play, this annual celebration of urban gam...

eBay joins ESI Design to talk AV Design at InfoComm, June 14

June 5, 2017

eBay joins ESI Design to talk AV Design at InfoComm, June 14

Keeping a corporate campus feeling fresh and on-brand can be challenging in a static physical environment. eBay will join us at InfoComm on June 14, 2017, to discuss how they have used AV in their lobby experience to sup...

New Yorkers Become Subway Rats in Large-Scale Outdoor Game Created by ESI Designers, June 3-4

June 1, 2017

New Yorkers Become Subway Rats in Large-Scale Outdoor Game Created by ESI Designers, June 3-4

New Yorkers will see the world through Pizza Rat’s beady little eyes this weekend (June 3-4, 2017) when “Revenge of the Third Rail,” a large-scale, outdoor game created by ESI designers debuts at FIGMENT NYC. Th...

The Workplace Is The New Communications Platform

May 17, 2017

The Workplace Is The New Communications Platform

    Ed Purver, Senior Designer, Creative Technology at ESI Design, shows how corporate campuses can be transformed into experiences that immerse employees and visitors alike in a company's brand story...

Debra Everett-Lane talks about activating the audience’s museum experience at AAM’s Marketplace of Ideas, May 8

April 26, 2017

Debra Everett-Lane talks about activating the audience’s museum experience at AAM’s Marketplace of Ideas, May 8

If you are looking for ideas on how to activate your audience within the museum experience, meet with Debra Everett-Lane, ESI Design’s Director of Content and Activity Design at the 2017 American Alliance of Museum’s...

ESI Design’s work at Terrell Place wins Best Immersive Environment Award

April 24, 2017

ESI Design’s work at Terrell Place wins Best Immersive Environment Award

We’re excited to announce that ESI Design’s installation at Terrell Place in Washington D.C. has won Gold at the APEX Awards for best immersive environment. The APEX Awards The 14th Annual DSE APEX Awards are d...

Emily Webster talks at SEGD Branded Environments, March 28

March 15, 2017

Emily Webster talks at SEGD Branded Environments, March 28

If you are wondering how a physical space can transform a brand story into a brand experience, join senior designer and A/V technologist Emily Webster at SEGD Branded Environments on March 28, 2017. What to expect from ...

Visiting Terrell Place for National African American History Month in honor of Mary Church Terrell

February 24, 2017

Visiting Terrell Place for National African American History Month in honor of Mary Church Terrell

If you’re in D.C. and looking for ways to immerse yourself in National African American History Month (or Black History Month) this February, you’ll want to add a visit Terrell Place in Downtown Washington (575 7...

Main Street: eBay’s New Front Door For Employees and Visitors At Their Corporate Campus

December 5, 2016

Main Street: eBay’s New Front Door For Employees and Visitors At Their Corporate Campus

We’re so excited to share with you eBay’s reimagined Silicon Valley corporate campus Main Street, which serves as the company’s new front door following its separation from Paypal. Take a look inside Main Street i...

Sixteen:Nine Interviews Michael Schneider: A Design Led Approach To Media Architecture and Big Canvases

November 22, 2016

Sixteen:Nine Interviews Michael Schneider: A Design Led Approach To Media Architecture and Big Canvases

  Dave Haynes from digital signage blog Sixteen:Nine came to visit ESI Design at our New York studio and spoke with Michael Schneider, senior experience designer and creative technologist. Michael took Dav...

Elegant New York Lobby Update with High-Tech Media Architecture and Data Visualizations

October 27, 2016

Elegant New York Lobby Update with High-Tech Media Architecture and Data Visualizations

Earlier this month we unveiled a new project in New York City; 575 Fifth Avenue, the latest work in our long term partnership with Beacon Capital Partners. As design lead for this project, I worked with a multidiscip...

The Beacon at The Tower at PNC Plaza is recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards

September 14, 2016

The Beacon at The Tower at PNC Plaza is recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards

We’re excited to share that The Beacon at The Tower at PNC Plaza has received an honorable mention in the Spaces, Places & Cities category of Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards. With over 1,700...

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

August 30, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Michael Schneider, Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design, illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight for innovation PSFK, the world's leading provider o...

Feeding the Content-Hungry Corporate Tenant

February 9, 2016

Feeding the Content-Hungry Corporate Tenant

  People sure do bore fast. Today’s cool art piece is tomorrow’s wallpaper, and tomorrow’s wallpaper is the next day’s eyesore. Early on in ESI Design’s relationship with Beacon Capital Partners, ou...

Transforming the Seattle Skyline: Columbia Center Lights Up the Dark

November 25, 2015

Transforming the Seattle Skyline: Columbia Center Lights Up the Dark

ESI Design Transforms the Seattle Skyline with LED Lights and Experience Design At ESI Design, our multi-disciplinary teams collaborate in the design of each experience. In today’s blog, two ESI Design team memb...

Studio Xfinity: Retail Design Through the Lens of Experience Design

October 5, 2015

Studio Xfinity: Retail Design Through the Lens of Experience Design

Most shopping today is done online, so brick-and-mortar stores need to reinvent themselves to survive. But what does reinvention mean? This was the challenge with Comcast. When subscription sign-up, tech support, ...

The Nine: Emily Webster

August 4, 2015

The Nine: Emily Webster

Title: Experience Designer, Interactive AV & Systems Specialist Company: ESI Design Division: Technology & Media Group Location: New York, NY Overtime: Upon moving to NYC, Webster was fascinated with st...

ESI Design Showcases Two New Games at Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

June 18, 2015

ESI Design Showcases Two New Games at Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Ah, spring! It means the return of good weather, picnics in the park and fun, large-scale, live-action games in public places through the summer. (Of course). ESI Design dove toward summer with the design of new g...

New Ways of Transforming Data Into Visually Compelling Infographics

June 17, 2015

New Ways of Transforming Data Into Visually Compelling Infographics

What are the top 500 passwords? What nutritional supplements are beneficial and which are snake oil? How many alien civilizations are there in the galaxy? One could mine through piles and piles of data spreadsheets t...

ESI Design Tech Perspective: Reflecting on the New Ellis Island Exhibits

May 19, 2015

ESI Design Tech Perspective: Reflecting on the New Ellis Island Exhibits

Some eight years ago, ESI Design began designing the Peopling of America Center exhibits for what has newly become the National Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. Super storm Sandy damage set progress back a few yea...

Choice, Chance and Unexpected Delights at the 2015 Game Developers Conference

April 6, 2015

Choice, Chance and Unexpected Delights at the 2015 Game Developers Conference

This year’s Game Developers Conference, held in March in San Francisco, truly represented the current tension in game design between remote player experiences and a strong, local multiplayer movement that relies on...

Fulfilling a Vision: Designing The Edward M. Kennedy Institute Experience

April 2, 2015

Fulfilling a Vision: Designing The Edward M. Kennedy Institute Experience

Speaker after speaker expressed the same sentiment: Senator Ted Kennedy loved the Senate. He loved to debate–even argue–about the issues facing the nation, but then he’d put his arm around his opponent and the ...

Our Day: Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries

February 6, 2015

Our Day: Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries

New York’s appeal has often relied on that “New”– from the buildings to the people and all their latest work and play – but recently, new approaches are being pitched for a not-so-new asset: our city’s 2...

How to Visualize Energy Consumption

November 7, 2014

How to Visualize Energy Consumption

Paris-based creative studio, 1024 Architecture have created an installation for the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s building in Bordeaux that is at once art and data visualization. The Project is a mixed space that brings p...

The V&A Museum has Released a Game

November 5, 2014

The V&A Museum has Released a Game

William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. One of his most popular repeating patterns for textiles is called the Strawberry Thief. The antagonist in the pattern, t...

A 3D Map for Your Museum

October 28, 2014

A 3D Map for Your Museum

This is a situation that you might find yourself in quite often. You are at a museum — in this example a history museum — and the goal is to make it from the geological section to the dinosaurs. But how does one get ...

How can Museums Move into the Tech Age

October 21, 2014

How can Museums Move into the Tech Age

Technology in museums isn’t new. Media has been an active part of the museum experience for many years. Technology has become part of the visitor experience — from the website to the guided tour — and it has become...

How to Turn Anything into a Game

October 17, 2014

How to Turn Anything into a Game

We hear a lot about the future of gaming. You might be one of the millions of people who are asking questions. You might be asking yourself, what can games do for me? Why does the world need to be gamified? A short an...

Innovation on the Home Front

October 15, 2014

Innovation on the Home Front

The typical museum is not known for being technology-rich. The common experience consists of artifacts in prescribed places, placards, designated hallways and galleries, and security guards who routinely remind you to no...

New Apps are Driving New Experiences

October 10, 2014

New Apps are Driving New Experiences

  The rise of two new apps reveals something about changing audience expectation for an experience. Diaspora and FireChat are both new editions of services we have been using for some time. Diaspora is a social n...

How Did They Do That?

October 8, 2014

How Did They Do That?

Alex Chinneck has had a new sculpture installed in front of Covent Gardens’ market. This sculpture is a building that looks as if the top portion is floating above the bottom. Entitled, “Take My Lightning But Don’t...

What is Integral Reality and Why do We Need It?

October 6, 2014

What is Integral Reality and Why do We Need It?

Recently, a WIRED.COM opinion article written by Dan Ostrower of Altitude aroused our curiosity. Entitled The War for Our Digital Future: Virtual Reality vs. Integral Reality, Dan begins where many observers find startin...

Cool Projects On The International Scene

September 30, 2014

Cool Projects On The International Scene

Two cool projects have caught our attention this week. In Bucharest and Bogota, light and projection have taken on new character to create new experiences. It is enough to make many interactive designers in our studio en...

A People-First Design for the Most Crowded Square in the World

September 26, 2014

A People-First Design for the Most Crowded Square in the World

As a media consuming citizen of New York, one becomes accustomed to the bombardment of proposals to add to or take away from the built environment. Just yesterday, a real estate developer proposed planning a skyway over ...

How to Design a Building by Playing a Game

September 24, 2014

How to Design a Building by Playing a Game

A game developer named Cedric has recently created a series of GIFs called Procedural Brutalism that visually explain the thinking behind the architectural theory. What the images show are unique ways of generating a dat...

Rebranding the Food Bank

September 22, 2014

Rebranding the Food Bank

The design magazine ICON has a reoccurring section that they call Rethink. They invite designers from many disciplines to think about a particular topic and present a way it could be rethought. In the July 2014 issue, th...

Jumping the Physical Digital Divide

September 8, 2014

Jumping the Physical Digital Divide

  There has been a lot of talk lately about the digital/physical divide, that space between a real-world and a digitally mediated experience. It is ever allusive and hard to define, but the problems it presents a...

How to Build a Brand Statement

September 3, 2014

How to Build a Brand Statement

Designed by Tim Greatrex, the new House of Vans Park entertainment hub has opened to the London public. Located in the tunnels under London's Waterloo Station, this 30,000 square foot venue will house an art gallery, a V...

Designing for the Next Stage of Healthcare

September 2, 2014

Designing for the Next Stage of Healthcare

The way in which practitioners and designers are approaching problem solving in healthcare is changing at a rapid rate. New innovations are challenging traditional assumptions about everything from how hospitals are desi...

New Technology Refreshes Museums

August 21, 2014

New Technology Refreshes Museums

Many museums and other cultural institutions are developing new programming and experiences that offer deeper engagement using technology. We are currently in the process of creating the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, whic...

ESI Partners with City Health Works

August 20, 2014

ESI Partners with City Health Works

Every year, DesigNYC, the nonprofit incubated at ESI Design, partners about ten nonprofits with designers and architects on need-based projects. This year, ESI itself partnered with one of the selected organizations — ...

From Russia with Love

August 8, 2014

From Russia with Love

There has been a lot of news coming out of Russia these days that detracts from the country’s reputation. Not withstanding the geo-political concerns of the area, there is great culture and art taking place in the ...

3 Cheers for Data Viz!

August 5, 2014

3 Cheers for Data Viz!

Have you ever wanted a really simple graphic that outlined the relationship across the continental United States of dog versus cat ownership? What about the relative rates of teenage shenanigans from 1993 to 2013? Or, ev...

Remaking Our Spaces and Places

July 30, 2014

Remaking Our Spaces and Places

The field of design has the ability of making something new out of the old. An intervention in a pre-made space by an artist or designer can transform a dull or non-existent experience into a place with an identity. The ...

July 29, 2014

Elements of a Great Story

Story inhabits all of our work at ESI Design. We are often so busy with creating narratives for client partners that we don't stop and discuss what makes a good story. Luckily there are places and people out there that ...

The Power of Light

July 25, 2014

The Power of Light

Linnea Tillet’s lighting design reveals how light and shadow work together in design. Linnea Tillet is the Principal and Founder of Tillet Lighting Design. The firm’s specialty is incorporating lighting design...

PacManhattan Runs Again!

July 23, 2014

PacManhattan Runs Again!

The 10th Anniversary of PacMahattan saw the live action urban game turn the streets of DUMBO into ghost filled, dot-gobbling pathways. I was in a class called Big Games with NYU professor Frank Lantz in 2004. There were...

Data of a Different Color

July 18, 2014

Data of a Different Color

In our short exploration on perspective this week, we have investigated two projects that changed the physical environment in some way to reveal a new point of view. Felice Varini paints the outside world to create geome...

A Maze of a View

July 16, 2014

A Maze of a View

Perspective is the theme of the week on the ESI blog. We are looking at some concepts and practitioners who work at changing our view and understanding of the environment. The last post looked at Felice Varini’s in...

A Brief Change of Perspective

July 14, 2014

A Brief Change of Perspective

This week we are taking on a theme on the ESI Blog. A great deal of the firm’s work takes place in physical spaces that already exist or are already designed. ESI’s assignment is to enliven the space with a specific ...