About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Ben Lea and I'm currently a Freshman at Bradley University. Since I wanted to learn how to create video games so I can make my own game, I decided to major in Game Design to explore more aspects in coding, art design, and user interface design. Before college, I used to code in java script for Computer Science in Highschool which gave me a better understanding on how to code. However, some of the code structures from Java do differ from C# Coding. For many years, I've developed a series of characters in mini comics and drawings that, I felt, could have their own game based on them. I do study some of the art designs of different game assets such as character cusomization, items, and level designs to see how each style differs from one another, and how they are utilized with certain game mechanics and audio assets to give environmental feeling towards the players themselves. I do enjoy playing video games, participating in N.E.R.F. Wars with my friends, and, of course, drawing whenever I'm either bored or want to have fun with others. Other things about me are that I like to play Tennis and minigolf outside, and I host Geek Fest Parties usually on my Birthday or Special Occassions.

Featured Projects

The 88 students in IM 150, a design fundamentals course, were assigned a poster series in which each student chose a topic that was of personal interest, an exciting event or socially important issue. The students rocked the house; seen in the totallity, the students’ diverse voices and beautiful final solutions are a symphony of visual communication. In this attached selection, of many other excellent poster projects, the various aspects of the rubric are exemplified. The students were tasked to design an eye-catching design experience, which would be viewed from a distance, with the following criteria: • Create a clever concept and call to action (see if you can find the concept in the Chi-Town Blues Festival Poster) • Make connotative art which referenced the visual venacular of the subject matter applied with the elements of design (shape, line, texture, space, size, value), or drawing skills. • Adhere to a a grid (and consider breaking the grid). • Communicate to a specific audience. • Select a palette from the color harmonies. • Organize all of these elements into a dynamic relationship that activatesthe principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, focal point, rhythm, unity, and the Gestalt theory). • Finally, they applied their work to an environmental wall—an expresion of place—which supported the original concept, and sustained communication with the audience. Enjoy! IM 150 Instructors