Client: Microsoft Games Studios

Project: Microsoft Games Studios Vancouver Website

Project specifics:
  • Website Design
  • Scene Illustration

Client location: Canada

Link: http://mgsvancouver.com

Microsoft Games Studios

The brief:

After the fantastic Neosaurs project for Microsoft Games Studios, it was time to work on their dedicated Vancouver studio site! Superb! We had a blast creating Neosuars, so I couldn’t wait to start this project! The Vancouver team is fairly new and Microsoft Games Studios wanted a clean, to the point and engaging design to front the web face of the new studio. The site’s primary goal at this early stage was to act as a recruiting site, to tell people what they were about and show them what’s on offer.

The solution:

As the Vancouver team are hard at work on their first title, there wasn’t any game visuals to use for the site, so we had to hit the drawing board for some great new ideas. As the site is initially intended as a recruiting tool, it was decided that Vancouver should play a key focal point in the sites design, and to represent it in an almost fantastical way, as if it were part of an action packed new game. I was tasked with creating the scene, mixing in illustration, matte painting and photo manipulation to create a themed view of the city on the verge of something big. The idea of the scene was to leave the viewer wondering what was coming, or what was about to happen. And as the studio builds, the site will expand to reveal their work. Fun stuff!! With the slightly futuristic scene set in place, I started work the page design, echoing the illustration and its overall theme. Keep your eyes on this one, as they’ll have all manner of goodies to show off in the near future!

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