stories + technology x participatory design = impact
Nook Studios was established in 2008 by producer Mel Flanagan to develop creative and collaborative solutions to real-world problems. We are focussed on social impact projects, community services, environmental issues, data interpretation, open government and interesting design challenges.
We are service designers, communicators and cross-media makers. All our work is audience-first and outcomes-focused.
We like to bring people together to make things in unique ways. We take people on the journey with us to make sure we're on track making something people will love. We use our storytelling and content production experience to interpret complex processes into simple visual and plain language. We make software.
We love to work on developing content and communications materials – whether they be copy, illustrations, visual design, process pathways, web apps, interactive digital projects, installations, data art, data visualisations, animations, motion graphics or documentaries. Sometimes we make big movies.
We can produce or collaborate. We are happy to have a chat if Nook's philosophy, capabilities, and skill sets fit with your projects and objectives.
The act of producing is bringing something from nothing to life
The role of a producer is to make something - either a project, product or a service - and take that something from idea to audience or market. To make things happen.
Most projects have many collaborators - the producer is the gel. Nurturing ideas and people is their core function. Collaboration is an inherent quality.
Producers create, communicate and deliver the vision. They make sure there is a plan, they pull together the right team of specialists and services, establish the right relationships, manage stakeholders, source funding, ensure all the right legals and safety mechanisms are in place, and make sure everything runs smoothly and support everyone as needed.
They ensure the product is in good shape to release to market or to audiences. Producers are outcomes focussed. They are constantly problem solving. They should know their audience. They need to be excellent communicators, be able to tell a good story about what they do, and what they are making. An essential quality is leadership.
Making things we care about
Good people and good relationships are fundamental to the success of any project, product or service. Being able to be agile and experimental are also important. We are always having to work out different ways to approaching a problem or project, working within the parameters of deadlines, environmental factors, or funding limitations and wrangling risk. To do this well we need to be pretty much across everything.
At Nook Studios we are creative producers. We research and develop ideas and are often across all design and technical production. Before we take things to market we speak to our audiences directly; we build alliances and an ongoing sense of connectedness to what we make.
Nook's kind of producing is the kind where we really only work on things we love. Things that we hope other people will love and value too.
We're always on the lookout for new collaborators and fun people to work with so drop us a line to say hi!