Digital Signage Feature Articles

Muzeiko Children's Museum
“Little Museum,” Big Collaboration—Muzeiko Children’s Museum
01/09/2017

Read Time: 14 minutes
From the archives, circa early 2017: An ambitious client in far-away Bulgaria was seeking a first-of-its-kind children’s museum and in response, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, a movie studio, an indoor rock gym manufacturer and a large group of scientists (among many others) came together to build it.

P. Michael Anderson at the Xplorer bootcamp.
Developing Digital Content with SenovvA's P. Michael Anderson
06/28/2016

"I want people to be comfortable with the language of technology employed in design," Anderson says. "They should come away from this Xplorer bootcamp seeing digital media as simply another design material." He also will focus his audience on the need to incorporate planning into content development so that it is as much a part of the design as the material.

Lauren Kelly Sheridan at Xplorer in LA 07.14.16
Learn to Code with Lauren Kelly Sheridan, July 14, 2016
06/22/2016

Web development has changed enormously in just the last few years. Where web design entailed handwriting HTML and CSS code, that work has been greatly simplified through widely available content management systems (CMS). If you haven't refreshed your coding skills (or learned them in the first place), you are not alone.

Eldheimar Volcano Museum
Returning Home to Iceland’s Volcano Museum
02/03/2016

At a museum dedicated to the wrath of a 1973 volcano, interactive experiences help visitors explore the site and make peace with the worst natural disaster in Iceland’s history. The project was an Honor winner in the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards.

Xlab 2015 Charts the Journey from Digital Technology to User Experience
11/11/2015

On the path to integrate digital technology into user experiences that connect people to place, Xlab 2015both inspired and informed. Designers, planners, municipalities, and makers have come a long way toward changing the world with technology, but there's still a long way to go. Read our Xlab recap and help chart the exciting journey!

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going to Xlab 2015! [5 Reasons You Owe it to Yourself]
10/28/2015

We know you’re busy. You’re drinking from the fire hose every day, trying to keep up with client demands and project deadlines coming at you at warp speed. While all that’s going on, who has time to look ahead to the future? Who’s in charge of making sure you know about the new technologies, platforms, and interfaces your clients will soon be asking about? That’s what Xlab 2015 is for,and here are 5 reasons you need to get yourself there.

Xlab 2015 at SVA Theatre
Xlab 2015 -- Where User Experience and Digital Technology Collide
10/21/2015

Imagine a world where the physical and digital realms are one and the same—where users expect the seamless experiences they enjoy online to continue in stores and museums, on city streets and public transit, and in their schools and workplaces. We’re quickly headed there, and experience designers are leading the way. The best and brightest minds in design and digital technology will be at Xlab 2015 Nov. 5 in New York. Do you want to meet them?

Vodafone Experience Center
An Experiential Customer Journey with Vodafone
10/14/2015

When telecomm giant Vodafone wanted to introduce its business customers to a new suite of enterprise products and services, the company decided to create an exclusive, invitation-only customer experience center at its Milan headquarters. The result is an experiential journey enabled by digital technology.

Sensing Places, Santa Monica, Calif.
The Hacker/Maker Culture at Sensing Places
10/13/2015

Flavia Sparacino is an MIT Media Lab PhD, a prolific inventor, and founder and CEO of Sensing Places LLC, a creative technology agency based in Santa Monica. We had the chance to visit Sparacino and her staff recently to learn about what they’re doing in the digital user experience space and experience the energy of the team's hacking/making/start-up culture. Join Sparacino at Xlab 2015 and you can experience it too!

Xlab 2015 at SVA Theatre
Mind. Blown. 6 Surprising Ways You’ll be Inspired at Xlab 2015
10/07/2015

You know Xlab 2015 is about design + technology. You know you’ll hear about the latest digital tools and platforms being used to connect people and place. You know you’ll keep yourself on the leading (not following!) edge of your profession by taking part in the conversation. But you may not know these 6 surprising ways that you'll be inspired at Xlab 2015!

Retail + Digital Designers Talk Shop(ing) at Xlab 2015
10/07/2015

Retail is great theater for digital technology in physical spaces, but the jury is still out on what it can and can’t do to drive sales and engage customers. At Xlab2015, a rock-star retail panel will tackle personalization, smart technologies, the omni-channel world of shopping, and how digital technology can make it more fun (for shoppers) and rewarding (for retailers)!

Xlab 2015: Smart Spaces, Smart Interfaces
Smart Spaces, Smart Interfaces at Xlab
09/30/2015

Intelligent interfaces are offering endless ways to provide connection, context, navigation, personalization, and curation in the physical environment. What are these new tools, and what can YOU do with them right now? At Xlab 2015, Nov. 5-6 in NYC, leading designers and technologists like Flavia Sparacino, Mike Clare, Neil Redding, and Darren David will show you!

LinkNYC
LinkNYC – a Step Toward Smart Cities?
09/30/2015

Ever wonder what will happen to all those obsolete public pay-phone booths littering the urban streetscape? In New York, they’re being replaced by super-kiosks that are not only Wi-Fi hotspots, but platforms that will help people navigate the city, find services, and discover new destinations. It’s a model you may see popping up in a city near you, and a step toward the idea of connected Smart Cities.

The Internet of Things and Why It Matters to You
09/23/2015

The Internet of Things is a growing network of objects–from home appliances to industrial machines and from signs to cars—that are connected to each other and the Internet. Through an infinite web of sensors and devices that generate constant streams of data, objects will communicate with each other to make everyday tasks more efficient. Yes, it all sounds very Minority Report. But what does it mean for you and your future in designing experiences and connecting people to place? At Xlab 2015, we’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Be there to see how it all relates to YOUR practice!

Xlab -- Transforming the Conversation and the Future
09/22/2015

New digital platforms and technologies are emerging and converging at warp speed. Since 2011, Xlab has looked ahead to the future of experience design and provided a platform for continuing dialogue about how design and technology can be used to improve human experiences in physical spaces. It’s an incredibly important conversation—shouldn’t you be a part of it? Register today and be a part of the future at Xlab 2015!

Light Bearers Exhibit at Montreal Insectarium
Montreal Exhibit Flashes with Immersive Interaction
09/22/2015

Read Time: 3 minutes

Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, Chicago
15 Digital Technology Projects that Transformed Public Spaces Forever
09/16/2015

Perhaps the tipping point was in 2004, when artist Jaume Plensa created the giant pixelated portraits of Chicagoans spouting water from Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. Today, new digital technologies and connected data are making cities more open, efficient, and engaging--and changing the way we act and interact in public spaces. We’ll cover the cityscape and digital technology at Xlab 2015—Nov. 5-6 in NYC; you'll want to be there!

Learning to See at Denver Botanic Garden
Denver Learns to See Nature with Digital and Interactive Experiences
09/15/2015

If you live in Denver, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the dramatic natural backdrop (Rocky Mountain High, anyone?). But the Denver Botanic Gardens, which opened its new Science Pyramid last fall, wants to make sure visitors not only appreciate the wonders of nature around them, but understand they are an important part of it, interconnected and invested.

Becky Stern, Adafruit, at Xlab 2015
Wearable Technology with Adafruit's Becky Stern [Q&A]
09/09/2015

Becky Stern, artist, Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit, and YouTube DIY guru, will headline the “Transforming Wearables” session at Xlab 2015 November 5 in NYC.

Becky took a few minutes to chat with us this week about technology, fashion, making, and where wearables are taking us. 

Digital pen at Cooper Hewitt
Redesigning the Museum Experience at Cooper Hewitt
09/08/2015

With the stroke of a super-powered digital pen, the Cooper Hewitt reinvents itself and the very way that visitors experience a museum.

The Future of Wearable Technology and Experience Design
09/02/2015

Technically, the Apple Watch, Jawbone UP, and Google Glass are nothing new. Wearable technology has been around since the early 17th century, when Chinese mathematicians adapted the abacus as a ring. Soon after, the pocket watch caught on in Europe—offering humans the first wearable, mobile technology that augmented their awareness of time, space, and environmental conditions.

Native American Voices at Penn Museum
Interactive Media and Digital Storytelling at the Penn Museum
09/02/2015

When the Penn Museum launched its long-term exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, its goal was to challenge some common misconceptions by showing how today’s Native American leaders are creating political, religious, linguistic, and artistic independence. A suite of interactives by Bluecadet (Philadelphia) helps tell those stories.

Immersion Room, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (by Local Projects)
Xlab 2015: Transforming X
08/26/2015

Artists, coders, hackers, and technologists are shaping the future of experience design, and at Xlab 2015, the SEGD design + technology event, they’ll show how they’re using platforms like wearables, virtual reality, beacons, and code to tell stories and transform places. Where do you fit in all of this? Find out at Xlab 2015: Transforming X—November 5-6 in New York!

Creating Digital Content at SEGD Xplorer Digital Camp
Xploring Content at Xplorer Digital Camp
07/29/2015

Creating experiences in the age of digital technology means using new tools and even new parts of your brain to create content. Xplorer Digital Camp West—in Seattle Aug. 6—will introduce you to the tools and techniques you’ll need to create next-gen experiences, from video, type, and image to data and code. Join us in Seattle! (Better hurry, seats are filling fast!)

Texas A&M Bright Football Complex
Building the Brand, Texas Style
07/29/2015

Deep in the heart of Texas, where football and tradition are sacred, Texas A&M University continues to build its dynasty—and its brand. With a new $17 million, state-of-the art training facility designed by Populous, the Aggies keep showing how it’s done—building both a powerhouse football team and a sophisticated branded experience.

Eldheimar Volcano Museum
What Does it Take to be an Xplorer?
07/22/2015

You know you need to hone your digital skills to grow your resume and your business. But what are the core digital competencies you should be developing? In June, the SEGD Academic Task Force issued the XGD Core Competencies, which outline the baseline skills essential for success in XGD. You can cover them all at the Xplorer Digital Camp coming up Aug. 6 in Seattle. But hurry—capacity is limited and seats are filling fast!

Skypad Interactive Wall, Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Skies
07/22/2015

As if you needed another reason to head for Seattle, there’s the famous Space Needle, hip since 1962 when it was built for the World’s Fair. Now there’s a brand new way to experience the amazing views. Skypad™, designed by Belle & Wissell, is an award-winning interactive experience that invites guests to browse photo archives, sign into a 3D guestbook, and make their own wonderful (but possibly vertigo-inducing) memories.

Sam Stubblefield and Christian Marc Schmidt
Seattle Dreaming
07/15/2015

Sam Stubblefield and Christian Marc Schmidt both mix art, architecture, technology, and people, and see what happens. Stubblefield, experience design studio leader at NBBJ, and Schmidt, founder and principal of Seattle-based Schema, are true Xplorers. Join them at SEGD’s Xplorer Digital Camp West—August 6 in Seattle—and they'll inspire you to Xplore and Xperiment!

Brookfield Place
New York Rising at Brookfield Place
05/27/2015

In late 2014, another major milestone in the post 9/11 revitalization was completed: the reinvention of the mighty World Financial Center—the Cesar Pelli-designed complex built in the 1980s across from the World Trade Center—as an 8 million-square-foot office, retail, arts, and dining destination.

Puzzle Facade
Puzzle Facade
02/25/2015

Remember that Rubik's Cube you burned thousands of hours trying to figure out? Javier Lloret channeled the tantalizing, obsession-making tactile game into a building-size interactive puzzle.

What is Customer Experience and Why Should You Care?
02/24/2015

Customer Experience is not just about the experiences customers have in retail settings. CX also refers to users in non-retail settings as well.

Nature Lab Exhibit
Nature Lab at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
02/18/2015

Nature Lab, a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, uses media and lively graphics to invite visitors to “put their nature eyes on.” Gallagher & Associates and KBDA collabor

dBCube by Stimulant
Customer Experience in the State of Flow
02/18/2015

Innovation studio Stimulant uses emerging technologies to transform static physical spaces into dynamic interactive environments.

ITG corporate headquarters
ITG Corporate Experience
01/20/2015

Data Visualization as an Art Form

We’re constantly barraged by data, but what does it all really mean? Investment Technology Group’s mission is to decode all that “noise” for its clients. At ITG’s New York HQ, Landor used data visualization as a sophisticated branding tool. The project was a winner in the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards.

Best in Show: 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards
11/20/2014

The Romance is Back

The epic digital landscape at LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal took top honors in the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards. Art deco curtains part to reveal gold-toned dancers spinning inside a multi-tiered clock-like confection. Three-story-tall guitar strings quiver and plunk to the movements of passersby.

Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio
Playhouse Square Placemaking and Digital Experience
10/29/2014

Taking the Stage

Dramatic placemaking and digital technology combine to shine new light on Cleveland, Ohio’s, historic theater district. Cleveland’s Playhouse Square theater district has been a major part of the city’s heritage since its Vaudeville houses and movie palaces first thrilled theatergoers in the early 1920s.

Traci Sym & Daniel Meyer, Second Story
Xlab 2014: Traci Sym & Daniel Meyers: The Future of User Experiences is This Way
10/22/2014

Daniel Meyers is a creative director and architect. Traci Sym is an experience design director and performer.

Tate Modern Museum Digital Experience
Tate Modern Museum Digital Experience
10/15/2014

Modern Connections

Tate Modern teams with Bloomberg on a pioneering digital arts project that creates a new kind of customer experience in the museum. See projects like this at Xlab 2014 November 6 in New York!

Jason Bruges
Xlab 2014: Jason Bruges: Shaping Space, Context, and the User Experience
10/14/2014

After working in traditional architecture and interaction design, Jason Bruges launched his own studio in 2002, and since then, he and his London-based team have created cutting-edge digital experi

Paul McConnell: Non-conscious Interfaces
Paul McConnell: Non-conscious Interfaces
09/17/2014

Innovating Customer Experience at Control Group

Paul McConnell is Director of Product Design for New York City-based Control Group, one of the design and technology firms leading digital experience development today. At Xlab 2014, he’ll talk about how new embedded interfaces are improving environments and brand experiences by making them more responsive—and less distracting—to natural human behavior.

David Schwarz, HUSH, Q&A
David Schwarz: Blurred Lines: Content and Brand
09/09/2014

Brand Storytelling at HUSH

David Schwarz is Creative Partner with New York design agency HUSH. In Schwarz’s world, experiential design is the nexus for brand storytelling. He’ll focus on “Blurred Lines: Brand and Content” at Xlab 2014, happening November 6 in New York.

Digital Technology: Ambient Interactivity
04/08/2014

Out of the Box. With ambient interactivity, user engagement (and design) is escaping the screen.

Photo of the interior of the Museum at Bethel Woods
The Museum at Bethel Woods
12/10/2013

Down to Yasgur’s Farm

The Museum at Bethel Woods takes a look back at Woodstock and the peace, love, and rock n’ roll era that made it possible.

Liberty Science Center
12/10/2013

Walking the [Technology] Talk

At Liberty Science Center, visitors use technology and new media to interact with—and even change—museum content.

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