City Pulse

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Installed on the north and south end of the 100th floor of One World Trade Center, City Pulse is a dynamic 14’ storytelling platform composed of 10 monitors arranged in a circular array. The tour guide-driven system showcases 100 narratives of New York City history, culture, and present-day lifestyles.

Photo: Hettema Group & One World Trade

For visual impact, I designed gestures that married physical and digital movements.

We prototyped and tested early and often. Listening for pain points, we found a major need to better communicate when Myo was activated and ready to read gestures.

Testing various gesture combinations, we ultimately incorporated a clicker. The act of holding gave users the direct feedback they needed to indicate when Myo was on (holding clicker) and off (released clicker).

The touch-responsive map gave tour guides an opportunity to invite audience members to be part of the show.

I spec’d and designed a hidden monitor to give users constant real-time visual feedback from behind the 14’ ring.

The touchscreen monitor also doubled as a quick way to change modes.

Rapid prototyping helped us quickly iterate upon ideas as we worked with new technology and explored new forms of storytelling.

Photo: Edward Blake

Hettema Group for One World Trade Observator

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Andrea Ngan, Interaction Designer
Erika Tarte, Visual Design Director
Keeli Shaw, Project Manager
Gal Sasson, Creative Technologist
Vidya Santosh, Visual Design
Francie Grogan, Content Associate
Matt Felsen, Front-end Developer
Ethan Holda, Back-end Developer
Angela Chen, Interaction Director
Jake Barton, Creative Director