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Xander Davis

Designer / Creative Director

Chicago, IL, USA
818-859-3032
To make incredible things with incredible people.
Experience
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 2013Present
CEO / CCO
Independent design agency of Founder & Creative Director Xander Davis, with a focus on serving entertainment industry clients worldwide and game UI / UX Design & Art, Branding, Graphic Design, Design Art Direction, and Creative Direction.
Chicago, IL, USA
Jul 2012Present
CEO / CCO
Independent creative studio, focused on design and game development. Licensed by Nintendo. Through this, I manage and direct a total team size of 14 contractors from around the world. My responsibilities include Business Administration, Management, Creative Direction, Executive Producing, Art Direction, Development Direction, Game Design Direction, Audio Design Direction, Human Resources Management and Recruiting, Accounting, Budgeting, Marketing, and Public Relations. Additionally, I work on projects directly with the team in the following capacities: Producer, Writer, Screenwriter, Game Designer, Concept Artist, Illustrator, 3D Modeler, Texture Artist, 3D Animator, UI Artist, Unity Developer, Programmer, Visual Scripter, Sound Designer, Musician, Cinematographer, Editor, Post-Production VFX. I will also conduct R&D skunkworks prototyping under Astrogun Labs, which includes virtual reality prototyping, and will provide training resources for my project teams as needed. I produce and manage milestones with Jira and Freshbooks, and coordinate production over cloud services such as Beanstalk. http://www.astrogun.com / http://www.cidergame.com / http://powergrid.astrogun.com
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Apr 2012Apr 2013
UI Manager
Started as UI Designer, promoted to Sub-Lead UI Designer, promoted to UI Lead, and promoted to UI Manager of newly formed UI Department, where I am overseeing UI art and design direction and team management (scaling between 8 - 10 people) with multiple engines and UI tech for multiple triple-A titles simultaneously. Ended in mass layoffs.
Austin, TX, USA
Nov 2011Feb 2012
UI Director
Formed and led a UI team to design for Darksiders 2 for Xbox 360, PS3, PC in three months before studio / publisher closure. The game shipped.
Atlanta, GA, USA
Oct 2010Oct 2011
Senior Game Designer / Writer / Senior UI Designer
Worked on an action RPG with CryEngine 3. Game Design, world-building, intellectual property development, screenwriting, narrative design and organization, writing and maintaining the living GDD, in charge of all User Interface Design and development, creative development with concept team, leading projects between cross departmental production.
San Diego, CA, USA
Apr 2009Sep 2010
User Interface Artist
UI Artist (Menus, HUD, iconography, typography, etc...) at High Moon Studios (Activision Blizzard) for Transformers: War for Cybertron, a triple-A high-profile game for Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC (out now) which received an IGN rating of 9.0 / 10 "Outstanding".
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Mar 2007May 2008
Senior Designer & Photographer
Graphic design, typographic design, web-design & execution, HTML, CSS, PHP, photography, Photoshop, Flash design, Flash animation, ActionScript, branding/logos for a Fortune 500 company.
Indianapolis, IN, USA
20052007
Creative Director / Flash Design & Branding Specialist
Graphic design, typographic design, web-design & execution, HTML, CSS, PHP, Photoshop, Flash design, Flash animation, ActionScript, branding/logos, project planning, project management, corporate identity strategies, After Effects postproduction, video production, video editing, copy writing, audio production, audio editing, client liaison, sales, seeking potential clients, promotional events
Education
Dayton, OH, USA
Aug 2002Aug 2004
Graphic Design & Business Administration
Awards
2010
Bluecat Screenplay Quarter Finalist, 'Voting Vertigo'
2007
Multiple Awards for Branding, Interactive Design
2006
Multiple Awards for Branding, Interactive Design
Languages
 
English (Native)
Skills
 
branding, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, WordPress, Art Direction, interaction design, CSS, Autodesk Maya, Typography, Adobe Photoshop, Creative Direction, Actionscript, HTML5, web-design, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Wireframing, Animation, Adobe After Effects, storyboarding, User Interface Design, Layout, Flash Animation, User Experience, Adobe Premiere, screenwriting, Identity, Autodesk Mudbox, producing, Adobe Audition, Propellerhead Reason, Jira, Game Development, game design, User Interface Art