TALK: Video Games and the User Interface
Tuesday, August 24
Working as a user interface designer in the games industry presents some unique opportunities to engage players. So why are memorable interfaces a rarity? I will attempt to answer that question, and I’ll offer my perspective on the industry, show some of my work from major titles, and talk about what inspires me.
Joe Kowalski is a graphic designer and user interface artist who joined Double Fine in 2007. He has received widespread praise for his work on Brutal Legend, notably on the front end shell, with some going so far as to call it “one of the greatest menus in the history of video games.”
Joe worked previously at Harmonix, where he contributed to both Guitar Hero and Rock Band from their early days. Both are now among the gaming industry’s most successful franchises, and have helped to introduce a whole new audience to games.
Joe has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.