About Me

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My name is Arielle Shander, and I’m an independent game designer and IT professional.

Since childhood, I’ve been drawn to technology’s vast potential in art, communication, health, and a nigh endless list of other crucial applications. Growing up in the ’90s, I’ve had the privilege of utilizing technology and watching it rapidly evolve into a tool that has transformed our society and the world. I was fortunate to have computers, AOL dial-up, and an ever-growing variety of game consoles. My favorite game series is The Legend of Zelda; I love its emphasis on exploration, puzzle solving, and colorful environments.

I studied game development (design and production track) at Montgomery College and The University of Baltimore. I also took a user experience design course via Springboard to improve and broaden my skills, and I received a user experience (UX) certificate in December 2018. I’ve also earned a CompTIA A+ certification (220-1001 and 1002 editions).

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I have worked in the game industry as a freelance designer at Red Aphid and as a game evaluator for Globaloria. I officially founded and registered Flow Wing Studios as a company in December 2017 and released a game called Spitfire Sheep, which is available on Android and iOS. I designed the gameplay mechanics, demoed the game at conventions, performed quality assurance tasks, managed social media pages, and led my team.

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My company’s logo.

I also have two years of IT experience. I previously worked at Virtustream/Dell EMC, where I assisted with incident management and performed tier 1 tasks. Currently, I wield the title of eDiscovery Technical Support at International Litigation Services, and my primary responsibility is to assist users with eDiscovery application issues.

I’m always eager to acquire new skills and learn new tools. I can’t wait to see where my career path will take me next!

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You seem like an interesting person. I only just now found your page through searching for others that felt the same way that I do involving the whole ‘Zelda as an RPG’ debacle, but that itself warrants a bookmark as far as I’m concerned. I’m unsure of how active you are with this but I hope you sustain activity. โค

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  2. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! It means a lot to me whenever people take the time to give me some encouragement. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I admit, I haven’t been updating much lately. I’ve been making a lot of drafts, but I’ve been having a hard time finding the motivation to finish them. Part of the reason for this is because this semester has been demanding. The other reason is because I sometimes have problems finishing projects. Oftentimes, I’ll start something but not finish it. It’s a bad habit that I’m trying to kick.

    I’m hoping that I can add more articles once my semester is over. I’m also considering doing some updates to my older articles. Plus, there are some more projects from this semester that I need to add to my “School Projects” page.

    If you want, you can use WordPress’ “Follow” feature to get emails on updates. There’s also an RSS feed for both new posts and comments.

    Thanks again for the comment. I hope you continue to enjoy my site. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Arielle

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