Selected Work


Silent Lights

Urban Light Installation
Project 02

Silent Lights

Silent Lights is an urban light installation located under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn at the intersection of Park Avenue and Navy Street.

Silent Lights takes ever-present traffic noise and makes it visible, illuminating the gloomy, clamorous underpass with a pathway of peaceful lighted gates. The lights respond to the sounds above them, lighting up sequentially as vehicles pass overhead. Passersby walk beneath the multicolored gates and experience a moment of respite from the constant noise. The installation also acts as a way-finding element, making the inconspicuous pedestrian pathway more visible and engaging.

  • Client: Urban Matter and NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • Role: LED animation design, Technology consultant, Arduino Programming, On-site support
  • Year: 2013

WeMo Collision

Interactive Tradeshow Installation
Project 02

WeMo Collision

This project was the centerpiece of the 2014 Collision tech conference held in downtown Las Vegas. It was a cube-shaped installation that featured multiple interactive experiences. Side one was a data visualization of water usage at the event. The second side of the cube featured a video feed of an interactive puppy room. Visitors to the conference could watch on screen as puppies reacted to devices triggered via mobile app. Another mobile interaction allowed participants to play a maze consisting of electric tools and appliances. Winning the maze triggered a jackpot animation on the fourth and final face of the cube.

  • Client: Belkin WeMo
  • Role: Physical computing, Arduino and openFrameworks programming, on-site support
  • Year: 2013

Party Crasher

Mobile Application
Project 03

Party Crasher

Party Crasher is a mobile application to help travelers find night time activities. It is relatively easy to find daytime tourist activities. However negotiating local night life is much more difficult. Party Crasher aims to address this problem by allowing the user to quickly parse local tweets for relavent night time events.

  • Role: Designer, Developer
  • Year: 2011

Aqua Borealis

Dance Performance
Project 04

Aqua Borealis

For the Aqua Borealis dance performance, I designed multiple light sequences displayed on two LED body suits. These were synchronized to a pre-recorded soundtrack. The project by dancer / choreographer Kristin McArdle was inspired by deep-sea marine organisms that use light and movement to communicate in the oceans. Aqua Borealis was performed live during the Living Light: The Art and Science of Bioluminescence event at Harvard University's Science Center.

  • Client: Kristin McArdle
  • Role: LED animation design, Arduino Programming
  • Year: 2013

Print Work

Graphic Design / Visual Communication
Project 05

Print Work

Design for posters, record cover art, DJ mix tapes and print advertising. Also flyer design for music events, in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Montreal, Brazil and the UK.

  • Clients: Various
  • Role: Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration, Logo Design, Identity Design

Google Project Re:Brief

Out of Home Advertising
Project 06

Google Project Re:Brief

Project Re:Brief was the re-envisioning of one of the most iconic ads of the century, the Coca-Cola Hilltop campaign, aka “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”. In conjunction with Google’s Project Re:Brief team, we enabled a contemporary recreation of the this classic ad in which consumers in selected cities around the planet could literally, buy the world a Coke.

  • Client: Google, Fake Love, Johannes Leonardo and Grow Interactive
  • Role: openFrameworks and Arduino Programming, UX Design, Hardware Hacking
  • Year: 2012

This is the portfolio site of Brett Burton, an artist, creative coder, designer and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by technology and design, I create connected, immersive experiences for commercial and artistic applications. I believe that great design can solve problems, entertain and deliver magical experiences.

I graduated from the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program in 2011. In addition to my professional work, I make music and visual art. Oh, and I also teach.

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