George Kalmpourtzis
Principal Designer

George is an experience designer, learning specialist and book author. He is also the founder of two indie studios: Playcompass Entertainment and Infinitivity Design Labs. George holds two BScs (one in education and one in computer engineering), a MSc in Advanced Information Systems and a PhD in Design Pedagogy and HCI. Coming from a diverse background, including both arts, education and engineering, George has been interested in creating intrinsically motivating experiences that have impact on their users. He has worked as game designer, UX designer, producer and studio manager in various indie European studios and has worked with ivy league institutions and international corporations for the design of native apps, games and learning platforms. George focuses on teaching experience design to teachers and students and the cognitive development benefits that arise from this process. Through an experimental procedure, he has formed several multi-disciplinary teams that are currently working on designing games that have an impact to local societies.

Creativity Education Games

User Experience Research for Educational Games at the Game UX Summit 18

By on March 10, 2019

I am super excited about the release of my talk at the Game UX Summit 18 in Vancouver.

I spoke about using User Experience Research tools in educational game design. A common challenge of teams that work on educational gaming is that stakeholders do not share the same objectives, priorities and vision about the final result. Educators tend to focus on learning aspects and evaluation of the delivered games, while game designers, game artists and developers tend to focus on elements that are traditionally addressed by casual game design. This presentation provides practical insights and examples from previous educational gaming projects on how to better target your players as well as draft user journeys that will help specialists from different backgrounds express their perspectives, discuss, co-create and be aligned towards a common educational game vision.

I hope you enjoy!