Extraordinary Facility is a design studio for learning and play. We help people develop products, services and media that spark curiosity and creativity.
What We Do
EF works with clients of all shapes and sizes – from teachers to toymakers. Most projects fall into two broad categories:
A lot of our work is in early-stage invention for new products, services and media. We specialize in physical/digital prototyping and playtesting with kids, which helps clients put learning and play at the center of their design process.
New Interfaces for Learning
EF helps educators harness new technologies. From instructional design in VR and AR, to interactive exhibits, installations and educational games, we combine hands-on experimentation with educational research to cut through the hype and figure out how emerging technologies can support teaching and learning.
Clients come to Extraordinary Facility for a balance of rigor and playfulness. Refining an idea takes focus and clear thinking, while leaving enough room for exploration, improvisation and serendipity – the raw materials of creative leaps.
As the saying goes, play is the highest form of research. We develop our own exploratory projects alongside consultancy work – the two feed off each other, often adding up to more than the sum of their parts.
Matt Brown set up EF in 2016. He studied Education at Goldsmiths College and Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in London, and has been designing award-winning products, services and media for over fifteen years, most recently with the Human Interface Device Prototyping Group at Apple.
Work with EF
EF operates as a network of experts across design, technology and education. You can work with Matt as a sole consultant; he can put a bespoke project team together, or work in-house with your team. If you’d like to know more, get in touch.