Very happy and honored to receive news that the City Explorer children’s game installation at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital received an Honor Award from the SEGD (Society of Experiential Design.) When Matthew McNerney, then creative director at Potion, called me to do some illustration work for a new project they were beginning, I had no idea the extent of the journey that was beginning. The project allowed me to work with so many other talented people at Potion, including Steph Goralnick (who took over as lead on the project after Matthew moved to another company) and many, many others credited in this
I love these comments from the jury:
“Whether one dreams of being a painter, urban explorer, or a superhero this interactive experience makes it possible—and is heart-warming and joyful.”
“Just what the doctor ordered—whimsey, art, and the excitement of exploration! What a lovely reminder that interactive design is most successful when engaging content and intuitive interaction outshines the delivery method.”
“A simple installation, with simple interaction, that explodes with vibrance and wonder as a result of its superior content. The variety of visual styles, as well as the variety and extensible interaction modes, makes a compelling installation that is a pure expression of imagination, without interference from the technology or its modes of human-computer interaction.”
Between the concept art and the final illustrations for this project, I did so much work that I can actually stack it up and measure it by the foot! But seeing those laughing and dancing children in the video (see link, above) makes me feel like the 18 hour work days were more than worth it.
Creating illustration in pieces that would be assembled into pictures by developers and designers, and then, put into a wall sized interactive game installation was an interesting process of composing, and I learned a lot. I liked being part of a team. It was definitely gratifying to practice what I preach to my students in terms of finding a different visual graphic feeling for each location in NYC. Overall, it was an exhilarating illustration experience!
It’s taking me a little while to get all of the pieces together in a form that I can post, but here are a few more images from the project:
I’m hoping to put more of this work together and post more of my process as well, in the next few weeks. I did a post a few weeks ago about creating the Brooklyn Bridge scene for the City Explorer installation in collaboration with Potion and Mental Canvas.
You can read about that HERE if you’re interested. Thanks for reading down this far!