Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Level Designer


Vicarious Visions

Menands, NY USA


It's not just playing the game, it's learning that your limits aren't what you think they are.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
She was always a gamer; originally, she wanted to design comic books.
As encouraging as her parents were, they put their foot down and said they would not pay for her to get a humanities degree.
Instead, she got her degree in mechanical engineering, and she took a job in the field after college.
Although she realized she was going down a great career path, she was incredibly bored, and it wasn't feeding her creative side.
She quit and went back to school; got her master's degree in interactive technology.
In hindsight, her engineering degree gave her a leg up over designers who didn't know how to code.
Says that in American culture, there's an idea that you should hone in on your dream and pour your soul into that one thing.
Instead, she advocates for a more broad field of studies and interests; says reading Shakespeare might influence your scientific breakthrough.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Rice University
Graduate
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Southern Methodist University

Career

Level Designer

I'm a level designer, creating stories through interactive video games.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Design
Science
Being Creative