The Potion Design Studio crafts technology into intuitive interactive experiences. Our teams collaborate with cultural, institutional, and corporate clients and express their stories in new digital forms that educate, entertain, and delight people all around the world.

Story, Design, and Technology — Artfully crafted.

Potion seeks to expand the language of interaction design. We collaborate with our clients to discover and break new creative ground. Not satisfied with the status quo, Potion continually invents new technologies, new modes of interaction, and new ways of making things work.

We believe that technology, carefully crafted, can be a force for good in the modern world. Our engineering side loves to build things from the ground up, constructing robust solutions for the real world. Our design sensibility challenges us to experiment and iterate to discover experiences that are simultaneously familiar and new, intuitive and innovative. We embrace an interdisciplinary process, by bringing together an array of people with different expertise and perspectives including architect-programmers, mathematician-writers, designer-musicians, and engineer-designers.

We believe that computation is today’s medium for creative expression — the digital universe should dance and blossom in response to the human touch.
Phillip Tiongson   Principal
Katherine Keane   Producer
Heather Velez   Producer
Jason Hart   Design Director
Emmi Laakso   Designer
Benjamin Bojko   Developer
Bruce Drummond   Developer
Filippo Vanucci   Developer
Kathryn Rathbun   Studio Manager
Steve Varga   Director of Technology
Neo Barc   Design Engineer
Jennifer Presto   Developer
Bryant Wells   Associate Designer
Edyta Lewicka   Designer
Abby Palmer   Senior Producer
Tamar Ziv   Developer
Holly Houghton   Producer
Jared Schiffman   Co-founder
Smithsonian Networks
Museum of Science and Industry
Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Hamilton Sundstrand
Hewlett Packard
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Morgan Library
Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum of Jewish Heritage
National Building Museum
National Museum of American History
National Museum of the American Indian
National World War I Museum
New York Public Library
Rhode Island School of Design
St. Regis Adour
Tiffany & Co.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Toll Brothers, et al.
The Battery Conservancy
Tenement Museum
National Design Awards,
Finalist, 2010
Potion ,
MUSE Gold Award,
AAM, 2013
Tenement Museum,
Shop Life
SEGD Merit Award,
Society for Experiential Graphic Design , 2013
Tenement Museum,
Shop Life
Core77 Interaction Professional Notable,
Core77, 2013
Tenement Museum,
Shop Life
SXSW 2013 - Interactive Awards Finalist - Film/TV,
SXSW, 2013
Smithsonian Networks,
Smithsonian Channel for iPad
HOW Interactive Design Awards,
Winner, 2012
The NOVIY Tables
ID Annual Review,
Honorable Mention, 2010
Museum of Jewish Heritage,
Voices of Liberty
Art Directors Club,
Silver Cube, 2009
Clo Wine Bar
AAM Muse Awards ,
Gold, 2009
National Building Museum,
Act Local
AAM Muse Awards,
Gold, 2009
National Building Museum,
Think Global
World Class Single Space Awards,
Winner, 2010
Hewlett Packard,
Reactive Glass Lobby Displays
Communication Arts Interactive Annual,
Winner, 2010
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Eyewitness to Genocide
Communication Arts Interactive Annual Awards,
Winner, 2008
National World War I Museum,
War and Peace Tables
Communication Arts Interactive Annual Awards,
Winner, 2008
Museum at Eldridge Street,
Limud Tables
Developer Intern


Potion is seeking a talented, self-motivated, and collaborative Creative Coder to join our passionate, talented, and innovative team for the Summer. An interest in Interactive and/ or Digital Design is a huge plus.


A development internship at Potion is a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, real world environment. You will be exposed to all aspects of projects, from concept and design to development, production and installation. You will work closely with producers, designers and developers to both learn and contribute to projects.


This position is a great opportunity to experience working in a real-life studio environment, and offers a chance to make meaningful contributions to projects that will reach large audiences across the country and the world.


Some previous development experience in a creative coding platform is expected (i.e. Processing, OpenFrameworks, Cinder, Unity, etc.). Knowledge of web-based technologies (front and back-end) are a major plus.


This internship is on-site in our downtown Manhattan office, and is paid.


How To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, resume and link to portfolio to jobs@potiondesign.com.


+ Working Understanding of some development environment (C++, Obj-C, Javascript, etc)

+ Strong Understanding of Graphics Programming and/or Game Programming+ iOS / app development experience a plus

+ Computer vision experience a plus

+ Have the ability to multi-task, have strong organizational skills, and be self-motivated

Producer Intern

At Potion, the most creative projects are our best managed ones. The Production discipline is at the heart of a Potion creative team — every aspect of a project passes through them.


Potion seeks a full-time intern to join our Production discipline for summer 2015. We are looking for a self-motivated, organized candidate with effective time-management skills who enjoys working in an interdisciplinary studio of producers, designers and developers.


Production Interns partner with one of our Producers to gain knowledge and understanding of our Design studio and the collaboration between disciplines. They work together to manage the progress of 1-2 projects through each design phase, help in story creation, learn to protect against scope creep, maintain the project schedule and budget and raise any concerns to the Director of Production.

This is an opportunity to work within a highly functioning and well known design studio and begin to understand design and software development processes and how they translate into finished projects. As a Production intern at Potion you will get the chance to work with teams that produce beautiful and engaging stories for real-world clients ranging from cultural institutions to corporate entities.


How To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and portfolio to jobs@potiondesign.com

Please no phone calls, faxes or postal mail. Only emails with the above information will be considered.



The position requires a foundation in performing basic project management such as:

  • Assist with the creation of client-facing documentation, i.e. project status reports and technical manuals at project completion.
  • Assist with the Quality Assurance process.
  • Assist with troubleshooting projects under Maintenance & Support contracts.
  • Participate in project-based and studio-wide meetings for internal and external projects, e.g. team creative meetings, progress updates, internal process evaluations, and prospective work.
  • Perform one-on-one meetings with project team members, Production discipline peers, and Senior staff.
  • General admin tasks: filing, taking meeting notes, scheduling meetings.
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned by Producer-mentor or Director of Production.


Ideal candidates are detail-oriented self-starters that function well in a fast-paced environment, exhibit strong organizational and communication skills, and have a sense of humor!


  • Open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and graduate students.
  • A quick study who loves to learn about new innovations, technologies, and processes, as part of their job.
  • Quick to learn new, appropriate, and relevant software tools, and proficient in productivity software like Microsoft Office and Google Apps; project management software such as Omniplan, Basecamp, and Harvest; development management software like Github, Trello; and basic understanding of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong communicator with excellent written and spoken command of the English language. Can be a successful liaison between Director of Production, Producer-mentor and internal Design and Development disciplines.
  • Position deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment. It is important to have a detail-oriented, respectful approach.
  • Ability to receive and give critical feedback.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and participate in the creation of a respectful working environment.
  • Support the mission and values of Potion


Things to Note

  • This is a paid and/or credit internship. Guaranteed 40 hours per week.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently.
  • We do not provide housing, but can help with recommendations.