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
Filippo Vanucci   Senior Developer
Matthew McNerney   Design Director
Steve Varga   Director of Technology
Tamar Ziv   Developer
Holly Houghton   Development Producer
Jennifer Presto   Developer
Edyta Lewicka   Designer
Abby Palmer   Director of Production
Kathryn Rathbun   Assistant Studio Manager
Heather Velez   Producer
Emmi Laakso   Senior Designer
Jared Schiffman   Co-founder
Bruce Drummond   Senior Developer
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
Design Intern

Potion seeks a talented design intern to join our team. 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
QA Analyst

Potion is seeking a qualified software QA analyst to join our studio on a freelance basis. The analyst will manually test software applications to ensure compliance with design and software specifications. This person will identify, analyze, and document defects in visual design, software application functions, outputs and content, report findings effectively to project team, and assist in issue resolution.

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.

  • Strong working knowledge of Quality Assurance methodologies and software development life cycle.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills and communication skills – written, verbal, presentation.
  • Consistently available for pre-specified times during production phases, approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Candidate must live in the NYC area.
  • Motivated self-starter, and ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Candidate must be knowledgeable in Mac OSX, Windows Operating System, Microsoft and/or iWork Suite.
  • Experience working with bug tracking/issue tracking software, like trac, trello, bugzilla, donedone.
  • Minimum of 3 years related experience, preferably in the digital design/creative industry.
  • Bachelors degree is preferred.