Design IO LLC is a creative studio specializing in the design and development of cutting edge, immersive, interactive installations. Design I/O develops installations for events, galleries, museums, exhibitions and public space and specializes in creating engaging, meaningful interaction with the public. With more than 15 years experience in interactive media, Design I/O and its partners have and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the intersection between design and technology.
Partner / Creative Director
Theo Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter whose work is born out of the curiosity and excitement of designing experiences that come alive and invite people to play. Theodore's work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression, experimental musical systems, to immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. His recent work includes The Eyewriter, an eye controlled drawing tool, Graffiti Research Lab's Laser Tag, laser graffiti system and Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children. Theodore works together with Zachary Lieberman and Arturo Castro on openFrameworks, which is an open source library for writing creative code in C++.
/ Personal site: theowatson.com
Partner / Creative Director
Emily Gobeille is an artist and award-winning designer who specializes in merging technology and design to create rich immersive design experiences. Working in concept development, visual design, interaction design and creative direction, her experience over the past ten years spans many disciplines, including web, print, motion graphics, wireless platforms and installations. Emily's unbound energy and affinity for telling stories lends to her playful approach to projects. With an emphasis on meaningful interaction and systems built to support open play and discovery, her work creates a sense of wonder and delight.
/ Personal site: zanyparade.com
Minister of Interactive Art
Nick Hardeman is a new media artist, designer, and experimenter. Nick enjoys drawing, painting and combining traditional mediums with emerging technologies. He utilizes technology to create immersive environments that bring wonderment and provoke discovery through exploration. Nick's work includes fine art, interactive installations, mobile and online applications that investigate new modes of creative expression.
/ Personal site: nickhardeman.com
Anna Cataldo is a writer, musician, and web developer with a passion for curating art and performance events that depart from the traditional gallery sphere. Anna is drawn to interdisciplinary, honest work that explores immersive approaches to storytelling and cultural conversation. She likes to sew, play, code, and build practical spaces for makers of all stripes.
101 H St, Suite I
Petaluma, CA, 94952, USA
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
7 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Suite 422
Brooklyn, NY 11206
press + exhibitions
Work by Design I/O and its founders has been shown in the following exhibitions:
Ars Electronica Center - Linz, Austria
Les Grandes Traversees - Bordeaux, France
Singapore Art Museum - Singapore
Museum N8 - Amsterdam
Cinekid Festival - Amsterdam
Versions - Netherlands Institute For Media Art
CBK - Amsterdam
MoMA - Design And The Elastic Mind - New York
MoMA - Talk To Me - New York
TATE Modern - London
Tweetakt festival - Utrecht
TIFF Bell Lightbox - Toronto
New York Hall of Science
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Cleveland Museum of Art - ArtLens Gallery
Nokia Bell Labs
Franklin Park Conservatory
TELUS World of Science, Edmonton