Personal stories are powerful. They inspire awareness, empathy, and action.  

Studio Resilience creates simple tools for telling our climate crisis stories, visually and virally. 


For the general public, climate science can seem complex or detached from their everyday realities. People either reject climate change as fake news or see it as something so hypothetical it has no bearing on their lives.


To use design and viral media to bring to life how climate change will impact us and our communities, inspiring more of us to share personal insights and become more engaged.


Hands-on exploration tools, including mobile apps that leverage the latest advances in augmented reality, combined with scientifically vetted climate data and projections. 


Take a selfie using our AR face masks that show how bad the air pollution level is wherever you go. Post a selfie of yourself to tell your friends how air quality affects your life.

When we drive our gas guzzling cars, burn coal for electricity, or get on an airplane, we pollute the air. This makes it hard to stay healthy. It also contributes to climate change.

Smog Selfie retrieves the US Air Quality Index value for your location using the “World Air Quality Index Project.” This is a service that accumulates publicly available data worldwide.

Air pollution is getting worse everywhere.

Check it. Face it. Share it.


Based in Hawaii, we see the impact of global warming in our everyday lives, from dying coral reefs to eroding coasts to more devastating storms.  Climate change is real. Explore it. Share it. Prepare for it. 


Scientists agree that our warming atmosphere is caused by human-made emissions of carbon dioxide, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels and cutting down of carbon-absorbing forests. Excess heat trapped by carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, causes dramatic changes in the ecosystem, including ocean expansion and sea-level rise.

The Sea Level Check App combines scientific projections with augmented reality and live video to show how future sea levels may impact us on a personal or community level. The app calculates future sea levels for your current location and elevation. The experience can be shared in a video loop.

Sea level rise is real and is already affecting coastal regions. 


The opportunities to make climate science more engaging for mainstream audiences are growing. 


percent of people in U.S. who consider social media an important way to get science news  *

44 million

number of followers for National Geographic Facebook page *

$36 trillion

revenue from 6000  companies that have pledged to take science-based climate action **

* Pew Research Center

**  UN Emissions Gap Report 2018


Scientific evidence clearly indicates that human-made emissions of carbon dioxide have contributed to rising ocean temperatures. When the water is too warm, corals expel the algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn white. Coral reefs can survive a bleaching event, but the stress can make them more vulnerable to death, and reduce the variety of fish that depend on these rich ecosystems.

The Reef Health App uses augmented reality and video to make what is happening underwater visible, providing learning experiences about coral damage, bleaching events, and current health parameters based on location-specific data.

*The Reef Health App concept  is currently in development.


Heiko Sacher  has over two decades of experience designing digital products in companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola and Skype.

LiAnne Yu  is a PhD anthropologist who creates consumer and brand strategies for Fortune 500 companies, and moonlights as a business journalist in Hawaii.