SPIographies: Brionne Griffin

The SPI team is updating and replacing the “Getting to Know…” bios with SPIographies 2.0. Stay tuned to read every team member’s SPIography in the coming weeks!

Describe your role on the PBS Digital team.
As a marketing associate, I do, well…marketing. All right, specifically, I manage the SPI blog, SPI Twitter, and SPI Weekly Update newsletter. I also have a set of stations I assist with SPI products.

How will the digital world change over the next few years?
With new gadgets like Google Glass and the ubiquity of computers, I believe digital products will find a way to involve themselves in every aspect of our lives.

How would you explain OTT devices to a 10-year-old?
Think of your favorite Transformer. Anyone you want … as long as it’s Optimus Prime. He’s a truck, then a robot, then he’s saving the world!
Well OTTs are just like that. For instance, take that Xbox you love so much. You typically use it to save the world from zombies, for which we are all so very grateful. But now, once you finish your “Call of Duty,” you can switch over to the PBS app and transform your Xbox into a player for all your favorite shows.
What book do you think every person needs to read and why?
"The Design of Everyday Things." My former boss (and current friend) at KLRU, Libby Peterek, recommended I read it. This book will transform the way you think about product design and how you attempt to open push vs. pull doors.

What is your favorite mobile app?
Google maps. Especially street view.
Someone’s gotta keep tabs on the streets.

Describe your perfect weekend.
I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say it involves a high stakes mission to find the end of the Internet with Carmen San Diego.

If you could have a Google Hangout with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jerry Seinfeld. I can’t stop talking about how much I love his new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He’s as funny as they come, folks.

Describe the internet in one word.