Sapient Acquires Second Story

For years, it’s been impossible to pick up HOW’s International Design Annual without seeing award-winning work from Portland, OR-based Second Story Interactive among the top projects in our Interactive Design Awards.

Second Story Interactive agency website homepage

Founders Brad Johnson and Julie Beeler have built a portfolio of ground-breaking and discipline-straddling work that mirrors the growth of the interactive design field more broadly. They’ve expanded beyond working exclusively on the web to creating digital experiences that play in physical spaces, such as interactive museum exhibits. On top of all those awards (400 and counting), they’ve developed a client roster that includes some of the country’s most influential museums, universities and brands.

“The Longest Street in the World” interactive table for Sesame Workshop headquarters; design by Second Story

AIGA Design Archives website

AIGA Design Archives site by Second Story

Perhaps more important, they’ve inspired excellence and innovation among their fellow interactive design professionals.

Apparently, we’re not the only ones who admire Second Story’s work; word came this week that SapientNitro has acquired the firm. Johnson, Beeler and their team will become part of the larger agency’s global experience innovation team led by Donald Chesnut.

“We’re thrilled to join a culture of Idea Engineers who share our passion for blending insights, storytelling, and technology,” said Johnson in a press release announcing the acquisition. “We have built our business by seeing a blank canvas where others have only seen an object or room. In SapientNitro, we have found kindred spirits – literally, thousands of them — who not only conceive game-changing ideas but also bring them to life. I couldn’t be more excited about what we’ll do together.”