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ESI Partners with City Health Works

August 20, 2014

ESI Partners with City Health Works

Working with the nonprofit, desigNYC, ESI has been partnered with City Health Works. Together we are designing new tools and improving current techniques to help the Harlem community.

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…

Elements of a Great Story

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….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 researchers…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you…

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…

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 opportunity to give voice to…

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 speak at the POPAI 2014 conference on…

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…

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…

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…