Video game UI
During some down-time between projects I was approached by a UI designer for a game developer in Brighton. It was great to catch up with him and to talk about an open role at the company he worked for.
As a designer, to keep myself sharp I need to adapt my tools and embrace a change of mediumFor me, the video game industry has seemed like an enigma that I could only imagine playing a role in, but after this informal meet up it made me realise that I have transferable skills and could maybe could fulfil the role.
I have always had the impression that my skillset wouldn’t really be viable within the games industry, surely the UI design of a game would be handled by a game artist or at least someone with 3d experience? I made some wrong assumptions here and this made me very excited.
My background is in traditional graphic design but I now work predominantly within digital. I made that transition without even thinking about it as most of the tools where the same and digital only apps such as Dreamweaver (yes, I know) and Flash (again, I know) helped me understand how everything worked.
But honestly, it isn’t about the tools or the medium, it’s about the underpinnings of design. Whilst designing a press advert may seem very different to creating a menu screen for a video game both mediums have a lot in common; space, rhythm, tone and legibility.
Having worked myself up with excitement I decided to have a play around in After Effects to create some basic game UI. It was nothing more than an exercise just to get myself in the mind-set and whilst it wasn’t on par with the UI of Destiny (very, very far from it) it was a lot of fun.
It also reminded me that as a designer, to keep myself sharp I need to adapt my tools and embrace a change of medium.
Unfortunately the position at the games company was filled by someone that already had industry experienced and to be fair, I was expecting that to be the case. What I learnt from the whole process was invaluable and I will definitely cast a wider net when looking for future projects.
Do I want to continue? That is a definite “Yes!”