We love what we do. And we do a lot of different things, from inventing new modes of interactivity on mobile devices or room-sized screens, to coding apps, designing enduring installations, or finding creative ways to make technology disappear from view altogether.
We love a challenge. We research and strategize and prototype. We use our technical know-how, creative could-be, and strategic can-do for cultural and corporate clients near and far, large and small.
Every uniquely tailored project comes from partnering our clients’ expertise with our own.
How can we partner with you?
Phillip Tiongson is the Founder and CEO of Potion. Drawing on his training and passions as an artist, software engineer, and storyteller, Phillip leads the studio in creating its groundbreaking interactive experiences. Potion’s signature installation projects, which merge physical and digital elements, reflect his belief that digital interactions can foster a transformative experience of the physical world. Phillip believes that the blending of computation, design, and storytelling creates a new medium of expression. Always curious, Phillip is cultivating new areas of Potion’s design practice, including mobile app development and strategic consulting.
In applying technology in simple, elegant, and surprising ways, Phillip’s work at Potion has shaped the field at large. His award- winning projects have preceded mainstream versions of touch surfaces, position-based apps, and smart environments, and have created new ways that users can interact with information in their environments.
Phillip holds a M.S. from the prestigious MIT Media Lab, where he trained under John Maeda and Glorianna Davenport, and a M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University. While at IBM’s Advanced Internet Technology Group, he earned two U.S. patents for his work in interface design.
In 2005, he and fellow Media Lab graduate Jared Schiffman founded Potion, which has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design and as a National Design Award Finalist.
Phillip’s projects have been honored by AAM, SEGD, Fast Company, MUSE, Communication Arts, SXSW, and the Art Director’s Club. His past clients include the Museum of Science and Industry, Richard Avedon Foundation, Smithsonian Networks, The Field Museum, Yale University Press, Lionsgate Entertainment, St. Regis Hotel, and Nike. He has given talks at industry events, such as Gravity Free and Design Exchange Boston, and he is a member of AIGA, AAM, and MIT’s Educational Council.
We work with a lot of people in a lot of different ways, some of which are below to stimulate your thinking. But we want to work with you, so let’s talk. Maybe you have precise scope, specs, and budget for a program of detailed deliverables. Or maybe you only know you want to do something great with design and technology, but need someone to help you figure out where to start. Either way, we can help.
The most common arrangement, clients hire us for a discrete project or suite of projects with fixed timing and deliverables.
For clients who need help unlocking their ideas, we work with them on defining their needs, articulating their strategy, and putting together a plan for success.
We reduce fees to enter equity partnerships with organizations in developing or launching their products or companies.