Dino Ignacio

Sorry, no art updates, been a mad week trying to bust through some projects to make some room for a passion project.  But I wanted to write this after I found out an interesting bit of trivia.  Dino Ignacio was on the most recent episode of the Bombcast, where I found out that he’s been working on EA properties as a UI artist for games like Dead Space and Dante’s Inferno.  He’s currently the lead UI artist for Dead Space 2.  Dead Space was lauded for many things, not the least of which is its UI, so it’s really cool to know that Dino had a hand in making it happen.

Filipino readers of my blog will most probably recognize the name Dino Ignacio from the massively popular (at least locally) animated short “Maritess vs the Super Friends”, which he created with comedian Rex Navarette.  Maritess was one of those once in a lifetime cultural touchstones that almost anyone of a certain age group will remember, the likes of which are rapidly diminishing now that the internet has allowed people the capacity to fill in even the tiniest niche market.  It was also , if you’ll excuse my hyperbole, a work of underrated genius by two creative Filipino-American minds at the top of their game who imbued it with one of the most enduring of Filipino attributes: our ability to make fun of ourselves.     In many ways it was also  a satire on the way the world looks at Filipinos as domestic servants, with the snide return jab that we’re picking up after lazy westerners. My personal favorite was an encounter with Aquaman, who fell to pieces at the smell of Maritess’ cooking tuyo (dried fish).

I’m stoked that Dino’s still working on some great projects, and since he’s working on game development now I hope at some point I’ll be able to get in touch with him and get him to speak to the local game dev community.


One Comment to “Dino Ignacio”

  1. Ryan,

    I actually met Dino Ignacio at a dinner last March in GDC – very cool guy. I probably have his business card somewhere, if you want to get in touch with him. (Remind me!)

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