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Developing and Sharpening Your Design Sense

Evan Nikolich  (Senior Design Director, Respawn Entertainment)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Production & Team Leadership

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

How does one develop a taste for “good game design?” What is a strong creative aesthetic? What does it mean to have a “good sense” about the design and direction of a game? Is it a skill that can be developed and honed? Yes, it’s called design sense! It is a skill you can learn and is valuable to anyone working on a game!

Evan Nikolich discusses how he has developed and sharpened his design sense over his nearly 20 year career. Detailed examples are drawn particularly from Destiny and Apex Legends where Evan has spent the last 6+ years in Creative and Design Director roles. The aim is to speed you along your journey to develop a killer design sense with practical methods that can be implemented into your everyday work.


Attendees will learn how to define and develop their own design sense through multiple focused practices. Learn to develop the ability to guide a game’s creative iteration so it lands as a memorable experience for the intended player.

Intended Audience

For anyone involved in game development interested in having an impact on the creative process of developing a game. A strong game design sense, no matter your background or expertise, will make you a stronger contributor to your game and your team.

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