Will we all eventually just live in a virtual reality? KJ Knies and Sara Biel are virtual reality designers, entrepreneurs, and a couple. In the past few years, with the release of various headsets and advances in video technology, virtual reality has become more and more accessible to the public, but as a medium it has had a difficult time becoming mainstream. KJ and Sara are in the midst of creating experiences that make the technology relatable, consumable, interactive, and fun. Hear how they are creating exciting content, navigating a relatively unknown medium, and navigating working together as a couple.
Tommy Honton tells the story of why he was fired from his soul sucking job and how it was the catalyst of his current creative endeavor in designing a narrative experience.
How do you design adventure? Tommy Honton is a game and narrative experience designer in Los Angeles. Sometimes known as “escape rooms,” Tommy’s 3-D puzzles with their choose-your-own-adventure-style storylines draw people out of their solo, blue-screen existences and thrusts them into a high-stakes, collective, and dynamic environment. Tommy’s best designs are felt more than they are observed. And while the experience may be manufactured, the users’ excitement, fear, and (hopefully) feelings of accomplishment are very real. But the greatest escape Tommy has designed may be his own. In next week's part II episode, we hear how Tommy escaped and designed his own career change.
In an age where people can achieve a sense of accomplishment through likes and shares, there are those on the front lines of motivated, grassroots movements, who are taking creative approaches towards advocating for a better future. Community organizers, Sam Jewler and Katie Ashmore are well aware that change takes time, but have discovered that a combination of anger, optimism, and persistence, results in positive growth in society.
Craig Smith's cerebral approach to basketball extends far beyond the court and his story is a lesson in the power of positive thinking. Despite being a talented player in his youth, he was underrated, undervalued, and overlooked. Not to be deterred,he bought into his own abilities and his vision of what he wanted for the future. That vision started to come into focus during his years at Boston College and eventually came to fruition in 2006 when Craig was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Draft.