In 2022 I relaunched the CXD experience with a focus on both locality and expansion. I decided that operating out of a refitted vending machine would offer the best of all worlds—the ability to operate independently in a specific location, but the opportunity for expansion as well. I'm hoping to launch to a few more cities in 2023, as well as updating a few additional missions. Training Module 1 launched with the machine, and the second and final Training Module is scheduled to release 4/23. After that, Cincinnati will be getting more neighborhood-specific missions, with other cities to follow ...
Funded by a grant from Cincinnati philanthropic lab People's Liberty, CXD was a transmedia narrative that spanned across Downtown Cincinnati and surrounding neighborhoods. Working with local institutions including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Public Library and more, CXD offered participants of all ages an entirely free experience designed to get people moving across their city, taking them to bastions of local culture and allowing them to interact with their surroundings in ways they may not have imagined possible.
THE QUEST FOR ROSIE
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was looking for a way to further connect with (and encourage relationships among) their incoming freshmen class. But with a lingering quarantine making campus visits nigh impossible, they needed a new digital solution. I developed a narrative-driven puzzle hunt for their students utilizing the school's existing assets (from their online radio station to their student newspaper to on-campus webcams) and created a hub for participants on their Discord to give the students a way to connect with the university—as well as each other—without ever having to leave their homes.
WORK WITH LOCAL NONPROFITS
When the pandemic hit, many of the local non-profits lost one of their most valuable assets: the annual gala. They were seeking fresh and unique experiences—something fun, social, and socially distanced—to connect with their cohort to share their latest news and developments while also raising some much-needed funds. Separately working with organizations including The Cincinnati Ballet, Caracole, and Upspring, I devised for them a series of family-friendly outdoor adventures. From puzzle experiences to neighborhood-focused scavenger hunts, these experiences allowed the organizations to maintain their connection through a difficult time.