This is the site of Darren Garrett, independent Creative Director, Consultant & Designer. I’ve made epic games about dystopian futures, running sweatshops, & the seedy side of Georgian London. I’ve made short animations about the future of transport and long form series about a time traveller. The main theme running through this work is that I help tell stories on different platforms and occasionally meaningful ones.
This site collects various writing and thoughts on story & narrative within games, animation, & digital, things I have worked on and whatever else may crop up.
You can read a rather formal biography written in the third person below or if you’d like to get in touch about work or talks drop me a line.
Darren Garrett is a BAFTA award winning Creative Director, Consultant & Designer with over 15 years experience in games, animation and digital projects. In this time he has founded and managed a renowned award winning digital entertainment studio, Littleloud, steering the conceptual and creative development of major projects for clients and the companies own IP.
He has been at the forefront of innovative educational gaming content, including the BAFTA winning Bow Street Runner, Games for Change winner The Curfew, and Sweatshop, voted by MIT as one of their top five “Best Practice Serious Games.” He is also an accomplished animation director, leading the team behind the BAFTA nominated Doctor Who special Dreamland, which broke records for red button viewing on BBC 1. As a hands on creative he is involved in all levels of production, working with writers, developers, artists, animators, producers, and game designers.
He now works as a freelance Creative Director and consultant helping companies develop ideas and stories in games and animation and helping in the design & production of projects with companies such as BBC, Channel 4, London Transport Museum, Storythings and Plug-In Media.
Darren has spoken at various conferences and events in the UK & abroad, and has featured in leading publications such as Wired, Edge & Computer Arts. He also sits on the advisory board to the NFTS Games Design course, is a guest lecturer at Portsmouth University and Sussex University, and a judge at BAFTA Children’s Awards.
Clients have included BBC, Channel 4, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Disney, CBBC, CBeebies, Science Museum, London Transport Museum, MTV, Nickelodeon, Bacardi, Hat Trick, So and Lion Television.
Recent projects include Sticks and Stones, a game about social hierarchies and bullying, and American Interior, a project with Storythings and Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals about John Evans and his search for a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans.
Specialities include creative direction & management, story development, film & game direction, design, animation, and doodling.
A full LinkedIn bio is here.
Work from the Littleloud era is here.