Seattle designer helps make board games and apps for brands like Disney Princess, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dr. Seuss.

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James Davis

What do you do? I make board games and apps for brands like Disney Princess, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dr. Seuss.

How did you get started in that field? I had a few years of graphic design experience when my friend asked if I wanted to work at Wizards of the Coast, the company that makes Magic: The Gathering in Renton. Then, I worked at a few other pen-and-paper RPG-style (role-playing) game companies before settling in here at Forrest-Pruzan Creative.

What’s a typical day like? I do a lot of different things each day. For instance, I might spend some time figuring out if there is an alternate pose of Curious George art that we can use for a game card, or how we can best utilize Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on the front of a game box. We make up the gameplay of the games here, so we often spend time watching kids play-test the games, which is really fun for us and hopefully, also for them.

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What’s the best part of the job? Watching my kids play the games I’ve helped make and not realize how crazy that is.

What surprises people about your job? That there is a little tree house of a company in Seattle that creates a large percentage of the games you might find at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us!

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