July Meeting: Improving the Culture of Critique: Communicating Across Disciplines

by Les on July 30, 2019

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Critique Jeff Hsser talk










Join us on Tuesday, July 30th at 7 pm in Intrepid Labs, in The American Twine Building (222 Third St. Cambridge, MA 02141 4th floor) for our next Boston Post Mortem meeting:

Talk Summary

This talk will dive into the challenges that arise when game professionals give each other feedback across disciplinary lines. How can artists effectively give and receive feedback with designers, engineers, producers, musicians and QA testers in ways that maximize value and minimize miscommunication and friction? Through the analysis of multiple real-world examples, specific strategies will be described that can improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary communication. When people are given tools to share ideas, feelings and concerns about each other’s work in helpful and effective ways, the resulting increase in communication can build relationships, strengthen team cohesion and improve overall morale. As teams get smaller and more agile, the need to improve conversations across disciplinary lines increases.

 Speaker Biography

Jeff Hesser is a senior artist at Harmonix and a sculptor with expertise in both traditional and digital techniques. At Harmonix, Jeff is the current Art Lead on Rock Band 4. He recently completed work as the UI artist on SingSpace and was the Lead Environment Artist on Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. He has 15 years of teaching experience at the college level and received the Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Jeff is a cofounder of Secret Portal, a collective of artists, designers, musicians and engineers dedicated to exploring the use of VR in public spaces. Jeff’s sculpture was recently featured in a solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and has been included in exhibitions at the Dahesh Museum, the National Sculpture Society and the Parrish Art Museum. Jeff studied literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago before attending art school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the New York Academy of Art and the University at Buffalo.


Tuesday, April 9th
7:00pm @ Intrepid Labs
American Twine Building
222 Third Street, #4000
Cambridge, MA

There are two entrances to the American Twine Building- one is closer to second street around the side of the building, this is the entrance you want! Take elevators up to the 4th floor and that entire floor is Intrepid. After 6pm security may ask you to sign in, but no ID is required.


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