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
Emmi Laakso   Designer
Bryant Wells   Associate Designer
Katherine Keane   Producer
Jason Hart   Design Director
Jennifer Presto   Developer
Bruce Drummond   Developer
Filippo Vanucci   Developer
Abby Palmer   Senior Producer
Edyta Lewicka   Designer
Neo Barc   Design Engineer
Steve Varga   Director of Technology
Benjamin Bojko   Developer
Tamar Ziv   Developer
Jared Schiffman   Co-founder
Holly Houghton   Producer
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

Design Intern

Potion seeks a talented design intern to join our team for summer 2015. We are looking for an organized, motivated and detail-oriented person who enjoys working in a collaborative design environment with a tight-knit team. From day one you will be collaborating with fellow designers, developers and producers throughout a range of project phases, including in-depth research and concepting, design exploration, low-fidelity prototyping, through to the final stages of design production.


Design Interns are responsible for supporting the conceptual development, direction and delivery of visual design. The position requires a solid foundation in design & visual communications (branding, composition, typography, etc.) as well as the ability to translate design direction across multiple platforms and a wide range of media. This is an opportunity to take risks, do the unexpected, make mistakes, and build a design vocabulary—this position affords the most time for exploration and creative freedom possible within a professional environment.


How To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, resume and portfolio (PDF’s under 10MB or links to online portfolio) to jobs@potiondesign.com.



• The internship is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates majoring in graphic design, and graduate students.

• Outstanding skill in graphic design (composition, typography, branding, image making) and visual communications, with relevant interaction design experience

• Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to confidently and successfully present work to internal teams

• Ability to receive and give critical feedback

• Ability to work on and contribute to a high performing team

• An advanced knowledge of the Adobe Suite. Experience with 2D animation, film editing, and/or 3D is a plus

• Ability to prototype ideas quickly using pen and paper or popular tools like Flinto and Form

• Ability to assist in the creation of beautiful presentations that articulate a deep understanding of what we do
• Awareness and interest in new media, emerging technologies, and design trends

• Ability to work collaboratively and participate in the creation of a respectful working environment

• Availability 40 hours per week


Things to Note

• This is a paid and/or credit internship

• Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently

• We do not provide housing, but can help with recommendations