I came across David Shaver portfolio website after searching for game designers’ portfolios. The first thing that make David Shaver stand out is not just the appearance of his website, but the content. He is a Game Designer who has 9+ years professional experience in the game industry, but most importantly he is a game designer for Naughty Dog. Blizzard and Naughty Dog is probably two most wanted game companies game designers wants to work in. David’s most famous work is most definitely on Titanfall and Titanfall 2. On his website’s home page, he immediately states what he emphasizes on, “I focus mostly on designing and scripting levels packed with fun narrative-based gameplay and exciting scripted even. I do a bit of system and narrative design as well. I have a penchant for making things easily accessible while still retaining fun gameplay depth.” David only wrote what is relevant to his work, thus, it is not necessarily an “about me” page. In addition, right below the paragraph, you see the Titanfall’s logo and images.
As you scroll down, you’ll see his personal projects and other professional projects. Although I expect his personal project to go under his other professional projects at first glance, I realize later that his personal projects are way more complicated than his professional projects except for Titanfall. Before Titanfall, all his works were “older projects chronicle [David’s] journey from game programmer to game designer. [He] performed multiple roles and used a wide variety of technologies. They were all created at Zynga, Schell Games and Rabid Squirrel Games.
If you click on any of those images of his Titanfall work, it leads you to a separate page that explain his work more in depth. It is clean and precise. First you have the gallery on top where you can navigate between 13 images. Right below it he put the overview on what he has done. On the left side, it shows information such as the platform, tools used, duration, team size, and his role. On the right side, he explained what is implemented within the game. The format is similar to a resume. Scrolling down, there is a playthrough video of Titanfall. The problem I see in this, is that the video is 2 hours long which I’m certain that many of us would not watch the whole video. Although David mentioned that “The video contains most of the campaign, so he setup the link below to start and stop appropriately on 27 Minutes, 30 seconds”, that means there is still one and a half hour remaining, which is still a very long video.
David’s bio, contact and resume are all within one page. It is very neatly organized. He gave the visitor the option to download his resume both in pdf and docx format. An image of his resume is a posted right below his biography and LinkedIn, email, and phone number is also provided.
The only minor criticism I have on his website his blog page. His blog page is a separate website and it does not have button to go back to his portfolio website. Overall this is really well organized portfolio website.