Liam joined Ubisoft Montréal in 2013 as a Graphic Design Director, his job is to define, design and direct the visual identities of our games.
What’s your online username?
Where are you from?
My name and accent often confuse people. I’m Eurasian: half Scottish, half Chinese. I grew up in Scotland and went to university there. Two years after graduating I moved to Montreal. I’ve been here for 3 years now.
Describe your job in 5 words.
Creating and designing meaningful aesthetics.
Can you explain how teamwork plays into your typical week?
It depends very much on the type of project I’m working on. Right now I’m working a lot on of graphic / visual design direction. I work closely with the core teams, directors and marketing teams to make sure the feeling of the game is accurately represented, visually. I make sure that we’re creating imagery that has meaning.
On the flip side, I also work with graphic designers, programmers, game designers and producers to help ensure that the look and feel’ is on the right track.
What’s your greatest achievement at Ubisoft?
My greatest achievement would be becoming the youngest director at Ubisoft. And still having my job! (laughs)
I was 25 when I took the job and this is only my second job ever, I hadn’t worked a real job before so I didn’t have any real work experience. I went from sitting in my bedroom to becoming a director here at Ubisoft. The first project I worked on was Far Cry 4, which was so much fun as I am a huge fan of the series. It was really challenging, but has been an amazing experience. I haven’t been fired yet so I guess I’m doing something right.
What’s your favorite place in the Mile-End?
For sure the back alleys in the Mile End. Red-bricked buildings covered in lush overgrown vines, graffiti and cats. So many cats. It’s a very quiet part of the neighbourhood, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and cafés.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The ability to freeze time. So I can fit more art into my day and so I can nap more. I like naps.
What’s your favorite game (all genres included)?
I have so many, but my favourite would be The Sims. It’s the game I played the most growing up and it got me into creating art for games. I think my career path would be very different if those developers had not created that game, so I rank it pretty highly.
Soccer or Hockey?
Football! (laughs) Yeah soccer, definitely.
Do you have a motto?
“Never stop learning.” I feel like a lot of people stop learning and don’t push themselves to learn new things. I try to learn new stuff as often as I can.
I started to learn photography in the last six months and my first venture into photography went viral online, increasing my Instagram following overnight. I think I have around 30k followers now. It’s pretty crazy. I plan to learn about cinematography next.