Read Our Minds

July 22, 2014

Junior Designer/3D Modeler

Successful candidates will possess the following: Strong 3D modeling and Photo-real rendering skills Strong Photoshop and compositing skills Strong ability to create visuals that convey o...

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 outs...

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 looke...

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 t...

What Is A Specialist Worth Anyway?

July 11, 2014

What Is A Specialist Worth Anyway?

ESI thinks that design process is as important as design itself. We have always tried to innovate our approach even as we innovate experiences for institutions and brands. The way that we desig...

Get Up and Come Out and Play

July 9, 2014

Get Up and Come Out and Play

Scan the iPhone app store for games and the norm will be screen-centered games that keep players glued to the very small field of play. Exo Arena changes the paradigm for iPhone games by turn...

A More Engaged Generation

July 8, 2014

A More Engaged Generation

ESI has been designing new experiences for 35 years. Throughout the firm’s history, our work has adapted to new audiences and expectations. From our original work in the Brooklyn Children's...

Projecting the Forest

July 2, 2014

Projecting the Forest

Our electric world, mediated by a plethora of digital devices seems a far step from the jungles of the Amazon and the Congo, where the fate of our Earth is concentrated and where conservation ef...

Play In The Streets

July 1, 2014

Play In The Streets

ESI Design takes part in Come Out and Play, an organization that creates large and small scale public gaming experiences. Most recently, we created a series of games for Shark Day at the American...

Art from Code

June 27, 2014

Art from Code

Dev Art is art made with code. Not just complex or simple code, but all types of programming that create visual, interactive experiences for a viewer. This art comes in all shapes and sizes. O...

Shark Day at the AMNH

June 24, 2014

Shark Day at the AMNH

On Sunday, June 22, the American Museum of Natural History hosted “Sharks,” a part of their Millstein Science Series. This month is Shark month and in order to raise awareness about these mag...

Projects Built with Light

June 23, 2014

Projects Built with Light

Lighting What do you do with a port full of cranes? If you happen to work in Pula, Croatia and have one of the oldest working ports in existence you might want to remove the cranes to make way f...

The Customer Community

June 17, 2014

The Customer Community

As reported by McKinsey and Company, by 2016, the web will influence more than half of all retail transactions1. This represents potential sales of up to $2 trillion. This is an amazing oppor...

Oh, The Internet of Things

June 16, 2014

Oh, The Internet of Things

There are many questions that come up when contemplating the Internet of Things. What will be connected? How will we interact with our new devices? What will happen to any sense of privacy? W...

4 Inspiring Projects

June 12, 2014

4 Inspiring Projects

1. Pixie Dust, a levitating display Video Source Researchers at the University of Tokyo are using speakers to suspend tiny objects in mid air. Once the particles are floating the researc...

Our Future Departure

June 11, 2014

Our Future Departure

What is the future of the airport? Theorists and designers have been contemplating and presenting an elevated level of air travel for a number of years. When air travel began it was associate...

Brand Forward Architecture

June 10, 2014

Brand Forward Architecture

It is refreshing to see a large corporation doing good by doing well. That is the case with Hanwha’s redesign of its Seoul headquarters. Hanwha is one of the world’s largest solar panel m...

Everyday Museums

June 6, 2014

Everyday Museums

In general, the museum, as an institution, is in a state of growing pains. There is a crucial turn that institutions must make to adapt to the growing changes in technology and audience parti...

Play = Innovation

June 4, 2014

Play = Innovation

Play drives innovation. The above is an ESI design principle, but the actual meaning and its impact on our and your business deserves a bit of unpacking. ESI designer Peter Vigeant spoke o...

On Second Livestock

June 3, 2014

On Second Livestock

Second Livestock — get it, from Second Life — is an interesting idea from Austin Stewart, an assistant professor at Iowa State University. The basic premise of the project is to expand ...

Ed Schlossberg at PechaKucha, Tokyo

June 2, 2014

Ed Schlossberg at PechaKucha, Tokyo

What is Pechakucha? It is, according to them, "PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along ...

Design in a Disruptive Age

May 22, 2014

Design in a Disruptive Age

It is a cliche to say, in 2014, that the times are changing. Change and perplexing questions about time have been in the popular ethos for decades. The threat of being cliche did not stop Scott S...

Last Night at Storycode

May 21, 2014

Last Night at Storycode

Last night, Senior Designer, Ed Purver spoke at Storycode’s May MeetUp. Storycode is an international organization, for makers, by makers, that gives transmedia storytellers the opportun...

Experience as Data, Data as Experience

May 21, 2014

Experience as Data, Data as Experience

There are some new data points out in this Summer’s edition of Design Intelligence. 14 Million wearable devices shipped in 2011. By 2017 it is estimate that 171 million devices will be shipped ...

The Next Frontier of Retail

May 20, 2014

The Next Frontier of Retail

Gideon D’Arcangelo speaking at the POPAI 2014 Conference in Milan, Italy Gideon D’Arcangelo, ESI’s Vice President of Creative Strategy, recently traveled to Milan, Italy to spe...

A New Lobby for a New World

April 24, 2014

A New Lobby for a New World

The LED installation at 330 Hudson Street in Manhattan is the first in a series of Media Architecture projects ESI is designing for Beacon Capital partners. Working to enliven Beacon properties w...

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...