Game Designer: a Career Path of Creativity - View the video

Abby Friesen

Abby Friesen
Game Designer
Filament Games

2010 Eastwood Drive, Suite 104
Madison, WI 53704


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Information Technology

Abby Friesen has always loved video games. Some of her first memories are of fighting over game controllers with others. Growing up as an artist and avid puzzle and problem solver, Abby realized that she could combine all of her interests together by pursuing a career in the video and computer game industry. Originally targeting 3-D modeling, it became apparent to Abby that her strengths were all in game design. She attended Herzing University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Development. Immediately upon graduating in 2011, Abby was hired by Filament Games as a game designer. Filament Games is a game production studio that exclusively creates learning games. The Madison-based company has created more than 50 educational games since it started in 2005.

The younger generations of today have grown up on video and computer games. It’s an area of the entertainment industry that has seen rapid growth and is likely to continue as our video-centric culture expands from TV, to online and now via mobile devices. Abby Friesen is one of the newest game designers in the industry, developing educational games for Filament Games in Madison. As a young woman, she’s also in an industry that has many more male professionals than female. An avid puzzle solver and creative person at heart, Abby shares insight on what a video game design career is like for those seeking to join the booming industry. (Running Time 24:44)