We’re building something different
Our studio is known for a forward-thinking method that places storytelling at the center of our approach to design and technology. Not a regular design-and-web-dev shop, we straddle several worlds; across UX for publishers and editorial teams, innovation projects for cultural institutions, and more recently interactive experiences for brands.
We thrive where cutting-edge technologies bring our audience closer to the story, revealing something new with a portfolio that encompasses augmented reality, virtual reality, and machine learning in ways that are both engaging and meaningful. Our work is with some of the industry’s biggest names, from tech giants to cultural institutions to independent artists, from Google to the National Gallery of Australia.
Our expertise is internationally recognised, speaking at conferences around the world as thought leaders in the XR and immersive space, sharing our insights and inspiring others to push the boundaries of what is possible.
We are John-Paul and Matt, the founders of Distil Immersive.
Ours is a story about friendship, shared passions, and a desire to create beautiful things. Our journey began more than 15 years ago when we met at the Australian public broadcaster, SBS. We were drawn to the intersection of storytelling, art, culture, and technology, and quickly realised that we shared a vision that extended far beyond our mutual interests.
We complemented each other in ways that few other partnerships could. Matt, a programmer and creative director with a unique talent for interpreting the world through design and code; JP, an executive producer and product manager with a passion for interactive storytelling.
Both of us, with a network of world-class creative partners, committed to building platforms and experiences for voices unheard.
JP has built a career spanning 18 years in the interactive media sector. His work bridges the worlds of documentary, art, storytelling, design, and technology. He has produced a slew of interactive experiences in virtual and physical spaces. Having previously led the Digital Creative Lab at SBS, he spearheaded dozens of world-class projects and experiences, garnering international acclaim from multiple Webby and SXSW Interactive Awards to Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. With an emphasis on shedding light on the unseen world, his work is exhibited at major festivals across the UK, Spain, Latin America, and the United States. He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
For more than 15 years, Matt has focused on creating rich multimedia works with meaning and purpose, for the web, apps, and physical spaces. His work has taken him from community workshops in central Australia to game development in Tokyo. His projects have garnered recognition within Australia and internationally, exhibiting at the Biennale of Sydney and winning numerous awards including at SXSW Interactive and the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. With a formal education in design and a decade as a creative technologist uniquely embedded in content and editorial teams, he has become a much sought-after expert on conceiving and creating world-class interactive experiences.