Jon Larkin

Senior Engineer

Jon primarily works on frontend development projects. He applies his deep expertise in interaction design, game mechanics, and engineering to help clients create meaningful digital experiences.

As a graduate student, Jon explored the notion of video games as artistic expression and cultural artifact. He has also worked as a game designer in the educational entertainment industry, helping build games that teach financial literacy in classrooms.

Education

MFA, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
BA Architecture, Princeton University

Quote That Inspires Me

“We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.”
-Captain Malcolm Reynolds

Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech

Playing Kings Quest in my mom’s dining room.

First Thing I Built

Wolfpack Renegades - Lego 6038.

Blog Posts

Why MAYA Design is Partnering with Shopify Plus
Sep 20 2016 in Connected World

Being a Shopify Plus Partner enables MAYA Design to provide innovation and design services to organizations that are looking to get started with ecommerce.

More Than Just a Game at SXSW
Nov 06 2014 in Notes from the Field

How game design can help users navigate new experiences with curiosity and confidence.

An Architecture of Play
Jul 29 2013 in Architectural Approach

As human-centered designers, we can draw a lot of inspiration from the philosophy and science of game design and apply that knowledge toward making successful products that people love to use.

News

Avonworth School District Turns Library into Learning Hub
May 14 2014

MAYA partnered with the Avonworth School District to help them turn their library into a learning hub, a new center featuring MAYA TeamBoards, collaborative space, a maker lab, and new computers.

K-12 Video Gaming Conference
Oct 07 2013

Jon Larkin and Matt Casebeer spoke at a games and education conference at Propel Braddock Hills High School. The talk focused on what it means to be game designers who practice human centered design, a deep dive into fostering discovery and exploration, a history of Adventure Playgrounds, and a demo of MakerSwarm.