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Session Name The Art of Interface Design at Harmonix Music Systems
Speaker(s) Kevin McGinnis
Company Name(s) Harmonix Music Systems
Track / Format Visual Arts
Overview The focus of this presentation will be to show an evolution over the years of how Harmonix develops their User Interfaces. Using games in their catalogue, like Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band, a detailed visual thread of preproduction style boards, UI animation mockups and tool development will be shown in describing their process. In addition to the visual aspects of creating interfaces, there will be talk about how the UI art team has drastically expanded and adapted over the years to a changing design landscape. How support for artists have grown, along with specific tool developments created for The Beatles: Rock Band project, along with advances in opening a larger communication pipeline between design, art and code.

GDC 2010

Kevin McGinnis

Harmonix Music Systems

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts


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