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Fun Things Are Fun

March 6, 2014

Fun Things Are Fun

The title statement is a bit of a cliche, but ESI Designer Pete Vigeant made a good argument in his talk at IndieCade East that there are only a few really fun things. When talking games, these f...

CES 2014 Review

January 16, 2014

CES 2014 Review

CES 2014 was a large show. It always is. The wealth of new equipment and concepts was astounding. Many different favorites and picks list are already out there in many places (IGN, TechCrunch, CN...

Gideon checks out with VMSD

December 13, 2013

Gideon checks out with VMSD

VMSD magazine, the hosts of the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC), interviewed Gideon D'Arcangelo, ESI's Vice President of Creative Strategy, for the Checking Out section of the Novem...

Lab work in the #ESILAB

November 21, 2013

Lab work in the #ESILAB

The ESI Lab is always in mid-production of some small something, be it a 3D Printing test, an LED mock-up or some audiovisual experiment. Below are several tests captured with Instagram. Do yo...

Field Frogger Hops Again!

November 11, 2013

Field Frogger Hops Again!

On Sunday November 3, ESI Games partnered with Auster Agency to stage Field Frogger at Westchester's Ridge Hill. Ridge Hill is a new retail complex in Westchester county New York. There is a grea...

Celebrating Success at the PNC Fairfax Connection

November 8, 2013

Celebrating Success at the PNC Fairfax C...

The PNC Fairfax Connection celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 28, 2013. As we hoped, the Connection has truly become a partnership between PNC Bank and the Fairfax community. In ...

OktoberPong Highlights

October 29, 2013

OktoberPong Highlights

ESI Design collaborated with the Howard Hughes Corporation at the South Street Seaport to energize Friday nights at October-Fest with OktoberPong. This bucket sized version of the classic, beer-p...

The First Ever Come Out & Play Jam

September 30, 2013

The First Ever Come Out & Play Jam

The very first games that ESI Design shared with Come Out & Play were made to be family-friendly — simple and enjoyable enough to be played by both children and adults, and, ideally, also e...

Coming to Life One Level at a Time

August 27, 2013

Coming to Life One Level at a Time

The ESI Lab lives on the intersection of Play and Work. The 3D printer stands right on that corner. In the afternoons, when there is nothing going on in the street, we stop by. Often there are...

What We Share When We Share Online

August 16, 2013

What We Share When We Share Online

ESI Design is a creative environment where a great deal of sharing goes on. There is always some interesting material floating around our intranet. Here is a quick sample of the ideas that we sha...

ESI Lab Test #212B – Lines and Shapes and Metal Converge

August 2, 2013

ESI Lab Test #212B – Lines and Sha...

Lines and Shapes and Metal Converge In this lab test, we were trying out an idea for an interior design concept. The concept was for a lighting source made up of a series of shapes extending thr...

Our other Ed

July 25, 2013

Our other Ed

Ed Purver joined ESI 6 months ago as a designer in our Technology and Media department. “Ed P,” as we call him to distinguish him from Ed Schlossberg, the founder, hit the proverbial grou...

2013 Come Out & Play Festival

July 10, 2013

2013 Come Out & Play Festival

Every summer at the Come Out & Play Festival (CO&P), thousands of people play original games in public spaces across New York. ESI has taken part in the Festival in New York and San Franc...

Have You Asked Them What They Need?

June 17, 2013

Have You Asked Them What They Need?

Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Community Partnership Drawing on local knowledge to define and address a community’s challenges seems like a no-brainer. Who better knows the problems, ...

Activating NYCxDesign

June 13, 2013

Activating NYCxDesign

This May, the spotlight was on design with the launch of NYCxDesign, the first inaugural citywide festival to showcase and promote all design disciplines in all five boroughs. During the even...

Retail in the Post-Consumer Age

June 4, 2013

Retail in the Post-Consumer Age

Relationships go two ways. There has to be give and take. Back and forth. The old idea of a “consumer” is a one-way idea – consumers ingest products and services. Consumers merely trans...

Introducing the ESI STEM Lab

May 31, 2013

Introducing the ESI STEM Lab

At ESI, we get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We want everyone else to get excited also and to get hooked on learning about the world through science-based m...

ESI Design Brings Home the Gold

May 21, 2013

ESI Design Brings Home the Gold

ESI Design, Ogilvy Mather and Landor won the 2013 Financial Communications Society (FCS) Gold Award for Corporate Image and Event Marketing for the groundbreaking work at Brooklyn’s Barclay...

SEGD at ESI

May 16, 2013

SEGD at ESI

The night of May 15 was a big one. The cheese platters came in honor of the "Small Talks. Big Ideas." special program created by the New York Chapter of SEGD where designers get to visit wit...

Community Retail at Scale

April 16, 2013

Community Retail at Scale

It’s Not Just Good, It’s Good For Business No one can argue with the benefits of scale when it comes to retail. Large-scale retailers provide deeper assortments at lower prices than th...

COAP: The Future of Play

August 30, 2012

COAP: The Future of Play

Technology is great at getting us connected, but also great at keeping us home. We at ESI believe the future of play is more and more about large, collaborative, group experiences. We all crave ...

Come Out & Play Family Field Day 2012

July 23, 2012

Come Out & Play Family Field Day 20...

On Saturday July 14th ESI Design hosted the inaugural Family Field Day as part of Come Out & Play 2012 on Governors Island. Each year gets bigger and bigger and is a great way for ESI’s...

Field Frogger: A Hoppin’ Good Time

December 2, 2011

Field Frogger: A Hoppin’ Good Time

ESI’s Game Lab has been experimenting with public event-based gaming over the past two years. Our portfolio has grown to include over a dozen new and unique experiences that experiment with...

The Spy Did It

July 25, 2011

The Spy Did It

On July 16, a large group of relative strangers came together and shared a unique and positive experience. The annual gathering known as Come Out and Play brought the large field on Governor&r...

The Motion

November 29, 2010

The Motion

Two major hardware releases that have recently promised to radically change the game market are the PlayStation Move and the Xbox Kinect. Each of these devices offers a high degree of interact...

Zàijiàn (Goodbye) World Expo!

November 1, 2010

Zàijiàn (Goodbye) World Expo!

It’s hard to believe, but six months and 73 million visitors later, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo came to a close today, and we are having a tough time saying goodbye to our dream project,...

Day of Play

September 24, 2010

Day of Play

This Saturday, September 25, is World Wide Day of Play, an annual event designed to encourage kids and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. We take play seriously a...

June 30, 2010

Humane Solutions for a Resilient World

The idea of humane solutions for a resilient world would suggest that our world is resilient, as in durable or resistant to decay. In reality, the inverse is true. Our world is very fragile, and ...

June 29, 2010

Humane Design as Instinct

As part of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design’s (ICSID) World Industrial Design Day 2010, I was asked to comment on the theme of “Humane Solutions for a Re...