Article written by Andy Turton, Director of X4 Technology.
The role of a technical designer is varied and complex. As part of a production design or multidisciplinary team, the designer will create and implement complex technical and/or system design elements into the game.
They are continuously thinking about the project, the development of the tools that will be used by the team and any elements that will need settings. They are an impactful member of any production team, and have been described as “the missing link between game designers and programmers”.
The average salary for a technical designer in the UK is £38,000 per year, going up to £80,000+ as you become more senior. A lot of gaming companies are looking to hire individuals with a Computer Science or Game Design degree, however other relevant experience is also taken into consideration such as a previous technical design role, ideally one of which AAA.
I spoke to a senior technical designer based in Guildford, to hear their career journey and what advice they would give to someone looking to break into the gaming industry.
Check out the interview below.