Jake Barton

Jake is founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Currently, Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Other projects include interaction design for StoryCorps, six films for The Beijing 2008 Olympics, media design for The National Museum of American Jewish History, media design for the Official New York City Visitors Information Center, and co-creation of Timescapes for the Museum of the City of New York. Additional clients include jetBlue, the Tribeca Film Festival, the New-York Historical Society, the National Building Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

Jake was a finalist for the National Design Award in Communications in 2006 and attended the White House reception hosted by the First Lady and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He has lectured extensively at conferences including the Gravity Free Design Conference in Chicago, UX Week in San Francisco, and the IDEA Conference in both Seattle and New York. His work has received two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal from the IDSA Industrial Designers Society of America, as well as five awards from ID Magazine, and three from the AIGA. He serves on the board of AIGA/NY and on the advisory council of the Gravity Free Design Conference. He has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he currently teaches the master’s thesis class. Before founding Local Projects, Jake worked as an exhibition designer for Ralph Appelbaum Associates for seven years.

Session: Read / Write / Speak Memory

Local Projects work centers on participation and collaborative storytelling. In this investigation of how we share today, individual memories, ideas and stories are gathered into larger sites for collective witness. By creating interactions that are actionable and meaningful, these collaborative storytelling systems have created a space for people to share their experiences with the world, creating a collective memory for hundreds of thousands of people in the present.

Panel: Coding Spaces

Peep behind walls made of bits and bytes to unravel and contemplate the art and science of imagining, coding and building interactive environments. The panel will search for some general process ideas, tips, warnings, recommendations and insights into the making of these fascinating spaces. Moderated by Tali Krakowsky with panelists Emily Gobeille, Theo Watson and Jake Barton.