Darrin Henein

Darrin Henein is a designer, writer, photographer and video game developer. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a BSc. in Human Biology in 2008, Darrin started his own design studio before going on to work with some of Toronto’s start-ups (Polar, Wattpad). He’s since led a team of designers at Mozilla (Firefox) and currently leads a team of 30 designers at Shopify’s Toronto office.

Darrin also pursues other interests: he’s spent time teaching at the Humber College Business School, photographing weddings on weekends, and spent 2 years designing and programming the critically-acclaimed indie hit game Lastronaut, which went on to reach 1.5 million people around the world. Lastronaut was nominated in the Canadian Video Game Awards, listed in TIME magazine as one of the month’s best apps, and celebrated world-wide by Apple as an Editor’s Choice.

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oct 12  |  7:15–8:00

McEwen School of Architecture

Lastronaut: Designing a Hit Indie Game

Darrin grew up playing video games—he never imagined that one day he’d make one of his own. In his talk, Darrin will share the journey of making Lastronaut—a game that went on to millions of downloads and critical acclaim. He’ll share how video games are made, his behind-the-scenes process, how and what he learned along the way, and some lessons that will help anyone not only start—but finish—the projects of their dreams.