Reel

Professional Summary

15+ years of multidisciplinary design work experience.

Since 2015 in the realtime AR / VR / MR industry, with a focus on creative concept development, art direction, UX and interaction design.

Successfully co-developed, lead and contributed to several high-profile commercial projects, R&D efforts and proof-of-concept prototypes.

Extensive hands-on experience in working with state-of-the-art game engines (Unity, Unreal Engine 4) and development environments, particularly in iterative design prototyping, look & shader development. 

Strong background in graphic and motion design, illustration and typography.

Experience & Skills

  • Creative concept and visual development 
  • Project leadership (internal and client facing)
  • Multidisciplinary background, leveraged to tackle challenges from different angles
  • Extensive knowledge of game engine asset workflow and authoring techniques
  • Knowledge of development fundamentals for desktop and mobile platforms

Software & Tools

  • Unity (C# Scripting, Materials & Shaders, UI, Animation, Prefabs, Particle Systems, Game Asset Workflow)
  • Unreal (Blueprint System, Materials & Shaders, Game Asset Workflow)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Blender
  • Cinema 4D
  • SVN (Sourcetree, Bitbucket, Perforce)
  • Visual Studio
  • Jira

Languages

  • Italian (bilingual)
  • German (bilingual)
  • English (full professional proficiency)
  • French (limited proficiency)
  • Spanish (basic proficiency)

Professional Experience

2018 – present
Art Director
Method Studios (Method EXP, realtime unit)
Santa Monica, California
Selected Projects:

[Undisclosed] Immersive realtime large-scale architectural visualization
(Unity, 360° projection)

Realtime, non-linear 360° projected large-scale architectural visualization. Remotely controlled via custom tablet UI.

Responsibilities: Project Lead, Art Direction, Tech Art, UX/UI Design & implementation.

  • Developed concept and navigation system for new immersive product in collaboration with creative director and client
  • Art directed the project
  • Designed and implemented UI system and various tech art components

[Undisclosed] High-profile, location-based public space interactive AR experience
(Unity, mobile)

Collection of diverse, location-based public space interactive AR experiences, deployed globally.

Responsibilities: Project Lead, Art Direction, UX & UI, Technical Art

  • Co-lead project and art directed the project across multiple styles, ranging from experimental to high-fidelity
  • Co-developed and iterated UX prototypes in collaboration with client, creative and engineering
  • Implemented various technical art and UI components

[Undisclosed] High-profile proof-of-concept AR prototype for product functionality visualization
(Unity, mobile)

Responsibilities: Shader development, UX Design & implementation

  • Assisted project lead & client in UX concept development
  • Implemented various technical art and interaction components

The Change 
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive VR)

Prototype for high-fidelity, character-driven interactive narrative VR experience

Responsibilities: Concept Development, Art Direction

  • Developed concept for interactive narrative in collaboration with creative
  • Developed visual concepts for character/environment/props in collaboration with concept artist

[Undisclosed] High-profile prototype for high-fidelity product visualization for mobile AR
(Unreal Engine 4, mobile)

Responsibilities: Project Lead, Lookdev, Shader Development for performant & complex realistic materials

  • Lead small team in creating multiple high-fidelity product assets following guidelines established by client
  • Explored, implemented and evaluated several realtime techniques (e.g. complex shader setups) to achieve fidelity goal
[Undisclosed] High-profile R&D prototype for gesture-controlled, realtime cooperative multiplayer experience
(Unreal Engine 4, immersive projection)

Responsibilities: Gameplay prototyping & implementation, Tech Art

  • Developed and implemented various gameplay prototypes in collaboration with small R&D team
  • Developed and implemented several tech art components

[Undisclosed] High-profile, location-based high fidelity AR architectural miniature visualization
(Unreal Engine 4, mobile)

Responsibilities: Look development, shader development, FX

[Undisclosed] Prototype for realtime VR live-action captured theatrical performance 
(Unity, Oculus VR)

Responsibilities: R&D, Tech Art

2016 – 2018
Associate Art Director
Method Studios (Method EXP, realtime unit)
Santa Monica, California
  Selected Projects:

[Undisclosed] Mobile VR archery game
(Unity, mobile VR)

Responsibilities: Gameplay/interaction design & implementation, Tech Art, Gameplay System Editor Tools

Justice League VR
(Unity, VR multi-platform)

Movie tie-in VR game; Collection of 6 mini games, each with individual VR-centric gameplay mechanics. Multi-platform release: Google Cardboard, GearVR, Oculus, Vive, PlayStation 4, IMAX VR.

Responsibilities: Art Direction, UX Design, Gameplay prototyping & implementation, UI, Tech Art

Remembering Pearl Harbor
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive VR)

Interactive VR documentary piece commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Responsibilities: Art Direction, UX Design & implementation, Tech Art

2015 – 2016
Designer / Technical Artist
Method Studios (Method EXP, realtime unit)
Santa Monica, California
  Selected Projects:
 

GE Store
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive VR)

Interactive VR company showcase for trade shows

Responsibilities: UX Design & implementation, Tech Art

 

GE GuardEon
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive VR)

Interactive VR product showcase for trade shows

Responsibilities: UX Design & implementation, Tech Art, Motion Graphics

 

The Me In You
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive)

Prototype for interactive, episodic VR narrative experience with highly stylized visuals.

Responsibilities: Concept Development, Art Direction, Look dev & stylized shader development

 

VR14
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive)

Internal prototype for high-fidelity, interactive VR product showcase

Responsibilities: UX Design, Tech Art, Shader Development, UI/Motion Graphics

 

ReCo
(Unreal Engine 4, HTC Vive VR)

Interactive, realtime short-form VR narrative experience

Responsibilities: Tech Artist

2007 – 2015
Graphic / Motion Designer 
Freelance
Bremen, Germany
2004 – 2014
Graphic / Motion / Web Designer
closerFocusmoskito
Bremen, Germany

Education

2008 – 2014
Integrated Design, M.A.

University of the Arts Bremen
Bremen, Germany

2005 – 2007
Media Designer 
(professional German degree)

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Berufsschule
Bremen, Germany