Richard Aguirre

I am currently earning a masters degree at the ETC, focusing on game design and UI. After 6 years of experience in the graphic design industry I am pivoting to my passion: games. I've been creating table-top strategy games in my spare time since 2008 and I love to explore new frontiers for the medium.

I am adept at creating 2D designs, textures and illustrations in a variety of styles and I'm quickly learning 3D modeling. I love to challenge myself and learn new skills. I am comfortable in a diverse, collaborative work environment using agile methodologies and the scrum model. In my classes at the ETC we've already created several games working in international teams and learning valuable development strategies. My first semester project was sponsored by Verizon to create a mobile game. My current project is to create a VR street editing tool for the City of Pittsburgh and the Remaking Cities Institute.

Current Project: Space Pirates

Role: Game Designer / UI Artist / 2D Artist

3D Modeling
3D Animation
2D Art
Concept Art
Texture Artist

Past Projects

  • Digital District

  • Fanfare

  • Immersion Semester

Educational History

Entertainment Technology Center (Carnegie Mellon University) — Master of Entertainment Technology, Expected graduation May 2018; Oregon State University — BFA, Applied Visual Arts: Graduated 2008; Additional focus on Instrumental Music; Study Abroad: Rome Summer Arts Program 2006;

Work History

Game Design Teaching Assistant: CMU Pittsburgh, PA 2018 Worked with Professor Jesse Schell to grade student games, provide feedback and track progress. UI Designer & Sculptor (Project Hire): CMU Pittsburgh, PA 2017 Planned and built life-sized sculptures of theme park mascots with backdrop and interactive display screen for permanent installation at CMU ETC. Magazine Designer / Pre-Press: The Papers, Inc. Milford, IN 2013–2016 Lead designer for 2 monthly magazines. Organized content, determined page layouts and article flow, created info-graphics, designed ads for clients, typset text and performed press checks. In-House Graphic Designer: The Fuller Center for Housing Americus, Georgia 2009–2012 Developed and maintained brand identity, designed mailers, web graphics, apparel and training documents.