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Dustin Smith

Family Home

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We think that a playful approach to life should extend beyond the workplace, so we try to provide our kids with a playful environment at home. Check out the indoor slide, library ladder, clubhouse, and other fun kid-friendly elements we baked into our current house in the video and pics below. The kids had fun putting together the real estate sales video for the house, too.

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The “Theming” Misnomer

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I cringe when I hear the word “theme” in an entertainment design meeting. I begin the internal debate about whether I’ll need to correct its usage. Too often, I know, the discussion will result in blank stares. And yet, I can’t resist. A misunderstanding of how the basic elements of literature can be advantageously applied to designing experiences is too risky. It is, in my humble opinion, the reason many experiences rooted in narrative (or claiming to be) fall short of their potential. But when properly applied, these tools tease out imperative discussion points during the early exploration phase and empower a team to drive toward a common vision infinitely more quickly. Read More

Battery-Powered Paddle(Free) Boards

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Since I grew up in Arizona, I’m sort of obsessed with lake sports. The summer heat is so intense that Arizonans either get out of town or spend the mid-year months immersed in water. So, I’m intrigued by a new product called Onean. It appears to be a sort of battery-powered, propelled board. Check out the video. Read More

Everbright Is a Giant, Modern Lite-Brite

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What child of the 70’s or 80’s didn’t love their Lite-Brite? And every same child knows the pain of pushing tiny little pixel pegs into itty bitty holes – that is, if your little brother hadn’t already swallowed the color you needed. (Disclaimer:  Do not swallow Lite-Brite pegs, or any toy for that matter.) Hero Design of Oakland, CA wants you to relive the childhood wonder that was Lite-Brite but without the pain of tiny pegs or limited colors. Read More

Two Playful Blogs

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I spend so much time thinking about and researching entertainment concepts that I finally decided it was high time I started writing about it as well.

We’re launching two blogs simultaneously. It sounds a bit ambitious, but it’s our approach to writing about two things we love. Read More