Heather M Decker - technical artist

News Roll

Mar 27, 2013


I was incredibly honored to receive one of the three IGDA MVP Awards given during the 2013 IGDA VIP Luncheon at GDC, alongside my friend and constant collaborator Luke Dicken, for our work on the IGDA Scholars program!
Nov 11, 2012

AltDev Student Summit

We ran the first AltDev Student Summit on November 10th and 11th via Google Hangouts OnAir, and it was a great success!
Oct 1st, 2012

Spooky Cool Labs

I'm honored to be a member of the Spooky Cool team in Chicago!
Jul. 23rd, 2012


I was honored as an IGDA Scholar at the GameChangeHers Award and Reception during IGDA Summit and Casual Connect 2012.
Jul. 23rd, 2012

Emceed the Info Track at IGDA Summit

It was my pleasure to emcee for all of the wonderful speakers in the Intro Track of the IGDA Summit 2012!
Jun. 24th, 2012

IGDA Summit Scholarship

I'm excited to share that I'm now a two-time IGDA Scholar: I've been awarded a scholarship to the IGDA Summit / Casual Connect in Seattle!
Jun. 2nd, 2012

Participated in SCAD's 2012 Commencement Ceremony

I am proud to have graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with my MFA in Interactive Design and Game Development and a 4.0 grade point average!
May 29th, 2012

Full Thesis Paper

A final PDF version of my thesis paper, Generating Challenge: Game Design for Procedural Spaces, has been posted to my thesis blog.
May 20th, 2012

Thesis Presentation via Adobe Connect

I presented my official MFA thesis defense, Generating Challenge: Game Design for Procedural Spaces, to my thesis committee and peers via Adobe Connect. The recording may be viewed here (although the audio is a bit rough.)
Apr. 30th, 2012

Speaking at the No Show Conference

I am presenting with my colleague, Luke Dicken, at the No Show Conference in July, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts!
Mar. 28th, 2012

IGDA Perspectives Article

Luke Dicken and I wrote a level design article for IGDA Perspectives called Procedurally Prototyped, which details our work on a game project that utilizes procedurally generated levels.
Mar. 27th, 2012

"Should I volunteer?" reposted to Gamasutra

My latest #AltDevBlogADay post, Should I Volunteer?, was reposted on Gamasutra and has been circulating on Twitter!
Mar. 16th, 2012

Game Interface Design, 2nd Edition

I'm pleased to announce that the second edition of Game Development Essentials: Game Interface Design is scheduled for release this month! I worked very closely with the authors as Media Clearance Coordinator during production of the textbook and am very excited to see it in print!
Mar. 5th, 2012

Attended GDC 2012

I attended the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, met tons of great professionals, and reconnected with many awesome friends!
Feb. 23rd, 2012

More Than Software and Theory on YouTube

My presentation for the AltDevConf Education Track, More Than Software and Theory, is now available on the AltDevConf YouTube channel. To summarize, it's a sort of wishlist of additional values and traits we, as educators, should strive to instill in our game development pupils.
Feb. 12st, 2012

AltDevConf was a Success!

AltDevConf 2012 aired February 11th and 12th, much to the delight of the game development community. I was appointed chair of the voltuneer-driven virtual conference in January and am proud to have coordinated such a great selection of chairs and speakers! Thank you all!
Feb. 1st, 2012

SCAD Myriad Student Spotlight

SCAD Myriad I'm honored to have been interviewed for a Student Spotlight feature on SCAD Myriad! Thanks again to Carlos Serrano for the great write-up!
Jan. 22nd, 2012

Appointed Secretary on IGDA Chicago Board of Directors

IGDA Chicago I've officially been appointed the Secretary of the IGDA Chicago Board of Directors and will proudly record the history of our board meetings and future events, as well as continue organization duties with my fellow Board members!
Dec. 27th, 2011

Elected to the IGDA Chicago Board of Directors

IGDA Chicago I'm extremely appreciative to be one of five people elected to the newly rebooted IGDA Chicago Chapter Board of Directors. I'm looking forward to serving our local game development community!
Nov. 14th, 2011

"Constructive Criticism - The Balancing Act" on Gamasutra

  Recent #AltDevBlogADay post, Constructive Criticism - The Balancing Act, was also published on Gamasutra and enjoyed a bit of time on the front page of the site.
Oct. 31st, 2011

Submitted to IGF 2012

Team Mishap Team Mishap, my remote, independent student team, submitted A Course of Action (ACOA) to the 2012 IGF student showcase competition! We're pleased to be submitting for the second year in a row! Go Team Mishap!
Oct. 27th, 2011

JMM Postmortem Featured on Game Career Guide

Julia's Magnificent Mishap An exclusive version of the Julia's Magnificent Mishap postmortem is featured on Game Career Guide! This version contains a bit more written detail and extra images. It's currently enjoying a spot on the front page of the site!
Oct. 27th, 2011

"The Specter of Doubt" On Gamasutra

  Recent #AltDevBlogADay post, The Specter of Doubt, was also published on Gamasutra and enjoyed a bit of time on the front page of the site.
Oct. 21st, 2011

SCAD Myriad #AltDevConf Coverage

SCAD Myriad SCAD Myriad is Savannah College of Art and Design's eLearning blog and e-zine. Carlos Serrano completed a post on #AltDevConf and my involvement in it.
Sept. 27th, 2011

Article On Gamasutra

  My most recent #AltDevBlogADay post, Education: The Importance of Teams, was picked up by Gamasutra and ended up on the front page!
August 31st, 2011

Moderated a Panel

IGDA Chicago I moderated my first panel, I Made a Game: Now What?, which covered business and self-publishing topics. This was the second panel I've worked on with my fellow IGDA Chicago organizers. The videos are available on the IGDA Chicago YouTube channel.

July 11th, 2011

Writing for #AltDevBlogADay

  I posted my first contribution to #AltDevBlogADay, the postmortem to Julia's Magnificent Mishap!

June 30th, 2011

Thesis Blog

SCAD I've started a thesis blog, which I will continue to update as I progress with my MFA thesis.

June 28th, 2011

My Experience as an IGDA E3 Scholar

  I finally finished up a thorough documentation of my journey as one of the first IGDA E3 Scholars! You can check out my blog entry on Gamasutra.

June 21st, 2011

New Site Design and Portfolio Content!

Old Site Returning visitors may notice that I've changed my site design. Please feel free to share any thoughts you might have on this. I always appreciate feedback!
Next, I'll be working on updating my business cards to match the new site.

June 20th, 2011

Article in the Local Paper

Heather in the Paper I appeared in the "Meet Your Neighbor" section of the Clinton Herald, our local newspaper. The article is now available online. The print version even noted the article at the top of the front page!

June 17th, 2011

Bug Away Specialists Inc. Scholarship Fund

SCAD I was selected for the Bug Away Specialists Inc. Scholarship Fund through my school. A complete list of scholarship recipients can be found here after clicking the "2011-12 Scholarship Recipients" tab.

June 8th, 2011

Volunteering for WIGI/BIG E3 Party!

WIGI It was a pleasure to help out with another WIGI event. I made so many wonderful new friends! If you weren't able to attend, you can read all about the event in Belinda's blog post!

June 5th, 2011

Attended BAFTA A Life in Pixels at E3: Will Wright

  It was fantastic to get into LA soon enough to attend this event! I was honored to be the final question of the Q&A that took place after the interview. Essentially, I asked Will what his thoughts are on games for education.

May 20th, 2011

Presented for SCAD scholarships

SCAD I gave two special remote portfolio presentations to scholarship boards on campus today, using Adobe Connect with Power Point and my web cam. It was awesome to be one of five finalists for one of the biggest scholarships SCAD offers!

May 10th, 2011

Selected as one of the first IGDA E3 Scholars!

IGDA Out of hundreds of applicants, I was selected as one of fifteen people worldwide to receive one of IGDA's newest scholarships to E3! Needless to say, I'm very grateful to have received this honor! Thank you so much, IGDA!