Mission

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.
Vision

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.
People
Phillip Tiongson   Principal
Jason Hart   Design Director
Yuanyuan Ge   Producer Intern
Dana Sulit   Designer Intern
Steve Varga   Director of Technology
Kathlee Sullivan   Developer Intern
Chuan-wei Ting   Design Intern
Tamar Ziv   Developer
Jennifer Presto   Associate Developer
Heather Velez   Producer
Bruce Drummond   Senior Developer
Neo Barc   Design Engineer
Edyta Lewicka   Designer
Holly Houghton   Producer
Luobin Wang   Developer Intern
Craig Iturbe   Producer
Jared Schiffman   Co-founder
Emmi Laakso   Senior Designer
Bryant Wells   Associate Designer
Filippo Vanucci   Developer
Benjamin Bojko   Senior Programmer
Abby Palmer   Director of Production
Kathryn Rathbun   Studio Assistant
Clients
Smithsonian Networks
NOVIY
Museum of Science and Industry
Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Clo
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
Nike
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.
Lionsgate
Maharam
The Battery Conservancy
Tenement Museum
Awards
National Design Awards,
Finalist, 2010
Potion ,
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
NOVIY,
The NOVIY Tables
ID Annual Review,
Honorable Mention, 2010
Museum of Jewish Heritage,
Voices of Liberty
Art Directors Club,
Silver Cube, 2009
Clo,
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
Jobs
Senior Designer

The Design discipline values creative thinkers and makers with multi-disciplinary design practice. We express the creative vision of the team through a project’s motion, visual impact, and interaction. Our team blends technology, rich visual design, and real human-experience to craft beautiful and thoughtful digital products that have lasting impact.

 

A Senior Designer leads by example and assumes a high level of ownership and responsibility for their projects. They have a rock-solid foundation in design & visual communications (branding, composition, typography, etc.) and have honed their skills to create pixel-perfect designs across multiple platforms and a wide range of media. This full-time position affords a good deal of independence and latitude within the studio in defining and maintaining conceptual vision, in managing successful project teams, evaluating and understanding client’s needs, and maintaining the user experience–while applying and communicating a solid rationale and executing to the highest standards.

 

This is a full-time, 40 hour a week position on site in our Manhattan office.

 

Requirements

 

Expectations & Responsibilities

Ideal candidates will display strong leadership on a daily basis and confidence in presenting their work internally and to clients. Senior Designers respond to input and changes with broad perspective, understanding and promptness, while still asserting creative integrity and vision for their work. Senior designers are responsible for not only producing exemplary work for 2 to 3 projects at a time, but also mentoring junior members of the design team to produce innovative and sophisticated solutions.

 

Every Designer within the design discipline contributes to a project’s conceptual development and should be eager to collaborate in developing meaningful experiences for a wide-range of audiences. Designers are expected to bring a strong point of view to both challenge and inspire one another, to push boundaries and elevate our work. This ability must be backed by a sophisticated executional ability of the highest calibre, and exceptional command of the production process from initial concept to final delivery.

 

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5 years professional experience in a studio environment, or Masters Degree in Design and 3 years professional experience
  • Outstanding skill in graphic design (composition, typography, branding, image making)
  • Exceptional hands-on design skills and a mastery of digital design principles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to articulate your thinking to colleagues, clients, and the design industry
  • Ability to receive and give critical feedback
  • An expert 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 conceptually own, craft and present visually powerful and beautiful presentations that articulate a deep understanding of what we do
  • Comprehensive 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 

Application Requirements

Please provide an online portfolio that shows the very best of your thinking and making for recognizable clients, a resume, links to online material and cover letter. Please no phone calls, faxes or postal mail. Only e-mails with the above information will be considered.

 

Contact Info

Please email to: jobs@potiondesign.com

Designer

 

The Design discipline values creative thinkers and makers with multi-disciplinary design practice. We express the creative vision of the team through a project’s motion, visual impact, and interaction. Our team blends technology, rich visual design, and real human-experience to craft beautiful and thoughtful digital products that have lasting impact.

 

The Designer position requires a solid foundation in design & visual communications (branding, composition, typography, etc.) as well as the ability to create and translate design direction across multiple platforms and a wide range of media. Designers have the opportunity to fully express their aesthetic and conceptual vision, but with direct supervision and support to ensure bigger picture objectives are being met.

 

This is a full-time, 40 hour a week position on site in our Manhattan office.

 

Requirements

 

Expectations & Responsibilities

Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong leadership potential and confidence in presenting their work internally and to clients. Designers supports conceptual development, direction and delivery of visual design for 1 to 3 projects at any time. They must handle client input and changes with insight, understanding and promptness, and be able to reconcile the challenge of doing great work while meeting client needs and deadlines.

 

Every Designer within the design discipline contributes to a project’s conceptual development and should be eager to collaborate in developing meaningful experiences for a wide-range of audiences. Designers are expected to bring a strong point of view to both challenge and inspire one another, to push boundaries and elevate our work. This ability must be backed by a sophisticated executional ability of the highest calibre, and exceptional command of the production process from initial concept to final delivery.

 

Qualifications & Skills

  • 3 years professional experience in a studio environment, or Masters Degree in Design and 1 year professional experience
  • Exceptional hands-on design skills and a mastery of digital design principles
  • Outstanding skill in graphic design (composition, typography, branding, image making)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to articulate your thinking to colleagues, clients, and the design industry
  • Ability to receive and give critical feedback
  • An expert 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 craft visually powerful and beautiful presentations that articulate a deep understanding of what we do
  • Comprehensive 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

Application Requirements

Please provide an online portfolio that shows the very best of your thinking and making for recognizable clients, a resume, links to online material and cover letter. Please no phone calls, faxes or postal mail. Only e-mails with the above information will be considered.

 

Contact Info

Please email to: jobs@potiondesign.com

Development Intern

Potion is seeking a talented, self-motivated, and collaborative Creative Coder to join our passionate, talented, and innovative team for the Fall. 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.

Requirements
  • 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 Fall 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.

 

Requirements
  • 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.

Requirements
  • 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.