NAME

Daniel J. Saunders

EMAIL

xaundersd@gmail.com

JOB TITLE

Game Designer

LOCATION

Cambridge, United Kingdom

ABOUT ME

Hullo there! I’m Daniel Saunders, a fan of computer games and board games alike; and my passion is to discover what makes games truly fun and engaging.


I studied games development for five years in education, and found myself falling in love with the many varieties of game design. During that time, I’ve met many wonderful people who have influenced my style of work and continue to meet industry newcomers and veterans alike to try and gain insight from all walks of the industry.


Now in the industry, I’m being exposed to new ways to find the fun in the work that I do. Every day is an experience that leads to new knowledge, something that I appreciate very much.


When not dedicating time to the making and playing of games, some of my spare time is spent training at the gym. As an avid fan of both powerlifting and strongman, I’m inspired to stay strong and in good health. I also try to make time to play tabletop RPGs with friends.

EXPERIENCE

COMPANY

Frontier Developments


ROLE

Graduate Designer


DATE SERVED

02/09/2019 – Present

There’s not a whole lot I can say about Frontier right now; other than I’m having the time of my life.


Report back here in a year or two and maybe I can talk a bit more about what I’ve been up to.

EDUCATION

INSTITUTE

Staffordshire University


COURSE

BSc (Hons)

Computer Games Design


DATE STUDIED

2016 – 2019

I studied a full three years at Staffordshire University, learning about multiple industry disciplines and in that time; I found my passion for game design.


I volunteered as a student representative for the University for two of the three years I studied there, giving student feedback to lecturers and helping to improve the overall student experience.


I graduated on the 11th of July 2019 with a First Class Honours degree.

INSTITUTE

Northbrook College


COURSE

UAL Extended Diploma in

Creative Media Production

and Technology


DATE STUDIED

2015 – 2016

I studied at Northbrook College for two years under two different qualification providers; the latter of which was the UAL Extended Diploma.


My time at Northbrook built a confidence that I took forward into Staffordshire University and still carry with me today. It opened my eyes to how I could make my way into industry, and the teaching staff there built the foundations for me to take that first giant step.

EXHIBITIONS

EXHIBITION

GradEx 2019


TYPE

Student (Solo)


LOCATION

Staffordshire University


DATE

2019

GradEx is an annual graduate showcase hosted by Staffordshire University. I took part in the Computer Games Design category.


Here I exhibited final year project, Under the Veil, to industry judges, industry visitors and public guests.

EXHIBITION

Game Republic

Student Showcase 2019


TYPE

Student (Solo)


LOCATION

University of Hull


DATE

2019

I was one of six students taken from Staffordshire University to represent at Game Republic’s annual student showcase.


Here I exhibited final year project, Under the Veil, to industry judges and public guests.

SKILLS

Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft Excel, JIRA, Hansoft, 3DS Max, Maya, SVN, Unity