We are happy to announce that Ben Grey has joined Gscience as Design Lead. Ben was a key component of the recent company rebrand and was hands-on with the development of our new website. Ben is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and brand strategist who has joined Gscience to deliver on design strategy and implementation.
Statement from the founders:
Bringing Ben into the design role alongside Tom has taken the Gscience brand to a new level. His ability to bring what was in our heads to life is an asset that we are very lucky to have moving forward.
Statement from Ben:
After taking a 2 year hiatus from esports related work, I have come back into the industry with a whole new perspective and skillset under my belt. Behind the scenes, I’ve been involved for a couple of months now. The team at Gscience is full of motivation and inspiration; they push me to better myself every day. I look forward to smashing our goals and seeing where this journey takes us!
What’s your favourite game title?
Growing up, I played a lot of Call Of Duty with my friends in school, so FPS games have always been my bread and butter. When battle royale games first started to become popular, H1Z1 was my go to game for months. I’m not proud to say, but I certainly sunk an unhealthy amount of hours into that one!
However, my all time favourite game has to be Mario Kart: Double Dash. My brother and I played endless amounts on the GameCube when we were younger.
What are your interests outside of gaming?
Over the last 3 years, travelling has become a huge part of my life. Together with my partner, we have racked up 23 countries since 2018 and plan to pick it up once COVID eases off. Music is also a large part of my life, and I enjoy it regularly.
Tell us a little bit more about your background in esports?
I have been involved in esports for around 7 years. I began my journey by creating banners for friends involved with Call Of Duty teams and my work began gaining traction through word of mouth.
My love for design came from collaborating with teams to create social media content. I could see a direct impact that my work would have on the fanbase and it was always rewarding to see positive comments regarding my design on multiple tweets.
I began studying the fundamentals of design using various online education resources, and adopted a function over form mindset to my work. I personally believe that this resonated with the people I worked with as my work had clear purpose and direction with a set goal - to communicate the brand to the fanbase.
I have now worked with various brands such as KFC Gaming, Kairos Media, Hype Energy, Esportsdeck and X-Gamer to name a few.
What are you most excited about working for Gscience?
The team. It has been around two years since I last worked properly within the esports industry, as I wanted to step away and learn some new skills and connect with new people. I have had a few bad experiences within esports due to its infancy, but the team that Gscience have created is truly special and is exactly what I've been looking for. Driven individuals, with a clear goal and the winning mindset to match made it very easy for me to get on board and get my hands dirty.
I have been involved with Gscience for a couple of months now, working with Tom on the rebrand and the new website. I have nothing but great things to say about the entire team.
For budding designers in the esports space, what would your advice be?
Be as versatile as you can. I believe that generalisation is much better than specialisation in this space due to the fast paced nature of it. It is much better to have a good understanding of design fundamentals, video editing, HTML, CSS etc. than be a specialist in one.
Of course, there is a time for specialists but if you are finding your feet, it is best to be able to solve lots of problems for lots of people to build a network.
Finally, always work with a purpose. Whether it is creating awareness for a sponsor product or gaining traffic to a website through a clear call to action. Design is subjective, but if your work creates a solution for any of these pain points, you will have much more justification as to why someone should work with you over someone else. Be a problem solver.
Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you?
Until a few years ago, I was the owner of a bearded dragon called Rango. Yes, he was named after the film. Rest in peace lil’ man!
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