About

I’m a game designer/graphics designer with 15 years of experience in video game production, logo creation, illustration and typography.

Competences

Game Design
I have been the lead game designer on 20+ games for brands like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Animal Planet. My experience includes working with hard deadlines, regular client communication and being responsible for the creative vision. I enjoy making prototypes in Game Maker as well as paper prototyping by hand. For the last year I’ve been collaborating with the games company House on Fire, and have been the lead game designer on 2 independent productions, Neon Zone and The Silent Age.

Graphics
I started my career in the games business as a graphics artist. I have made graphics for 30+ games, using Photoshop and Illustrator as my preferred tools. I also enjoy sketching with a pencil whenever I can.

Level Design
I have made levels for 50+ games. I am extremely passionate about level design, and I see this discipline as being just as important as game design and graphics.

Typography
I have a great passion for typography and making fonts is one of my favorite hobbies.

Languages
Fluent in Danish and English, OK in German and terrible at French.

Music
I love making music on my computer, both for personal pleasure and for professional use. I’m an expert user of Reason and Cool Edit.

CV

2012 

Thomas Ryder

Founder/owner
Freelance teaching at Erhvervsakademi Sjælland – E-koncept

2011-2012

House on Fire

Co-owner
Game Designer
Level Designer
Graphics Designer
Musician
Sound Editor

2005-2009

Framfab A/S

Freelance typographic tasks

2003-2010

NDS Denmark

Videogame production
Graphic artist
Game designer
Level designer
Outsourcing agent
Presentation designer
Safety board member

2001-2002

Bindslev A/S
Freelance illustration tasks
2000-2002

Savannah A/S
Videogame production
Illustration, graphics and typographic tasks

1995-2000

Danmarks Designskole – Visual Communication
Studies in sketching, croquis, oil painting and aquarelle
Studies in print, layout and typography
Linoleum printing, etching, lithography, and offset techniques
Workshops in innovation, concept development and visual presentation
Courses in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign and Quark Express

1994-1995

Majlis Thomasson’s Art School
Studies in illustration, painting and print

1994-1994

Holbæk Kunsthøjskole
Studies in illustration, painting and print
1990-1993 

Maribo Gymnasium
Student

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