My name is Michael Highland and I'm an interdisciplinary designer exploring how digital media technology can positively impact people’s lives.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife, daughter, and our chihuahua Pippin.
Contact me at ego(at)michaelhighland.com or check out my not necessarily super up to date résumé.
I'm currently working on browser-based muliplayer game prototypes with the goal of creating prosocial experiences between strangers.
Freelancing in Los Angeles.
Moved to Los Angeles to join thatgamecompany. I was part of the team making Sky, a multiplayer social adventure game for mobile. I started as a Feel Engineer, working on level design and controls, and was later promoted to Lead Designer, and was responsible for managing the design team.
Spent a long summer in Oregon w/ David Siegel, doing burpees and making Futureproof. It was a research project to develop tools and resources to foster greater awareness, intentionality, and well-being around technology.
A TV producer (and now ice cream vendor) saw one of the videos I made in college and brought me out to LA for a summer to make a longer more fleshed out version. I kept the name, As Real As Your Life. A version of the film premiered the TED conference as part of a talk by game developer David Perry.
I really enjoyed making videos in college. Here are the ones I finished:
I've collaborated on a couple scholarly articles about video games. I'm proudest of a chapter I wrote for Video Game Play and Consciousness (published by Nova Science), which was edited by Jayne Gackenbach, a leader in consciousness research.
I've also given some talks on video games:
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