Nader Alikhani Joins Atomhawk as Creative Development Director
We asked Nader to tell us more about what his role at Atomhawk involves, how he came to join the team and how he's finding life at Atomhawk so far.
Can you give us a quick summary of what your role at Atomhawk involves?
As Creative Development Director, my role requires me primarily to work with studios to identify areas where Atomhawk is best placed to solve their visual development needs. Once this has been done I coordinate with our teams in the UK and Canada to ensure we deliver a best-in class creative partnership. Clients place their trust in Atomhawk to help realise their dreams, not as an outsource studio, but as a collaborative partner. This is a great responsibility, and something everyone on the team puts an emphasis on handling with respect.
Tell us a little about your previous experience in the games and entertainment industry?
Prior to joining Atomhawk I spent 14 years working in the games industry in a variety of art, design, and management roles. I’ve been fortunate to work on a wide range of games and platforms, from tiny indie to larger scale console games. This has proved to be invaluable for my current role, as it allows me to better understand our clients’ needs and more effectively find the right creative solutions for them.
What were the most important factors that encouraged you to join the Atomhawk team?
Out of the many factors that drew me to Atomhawk, first and foremost was the quality of the work. Since its inception the aim has been to hit the highest standards technically and creatively possible, and this drive has become embedded in the DNA of the company. It is very rare to get an opportunity to work in an organisation with such a history of quality and success. Beyond that, we get to work on amazing projects with fantastic partners, consistently being on the cutting edge of the games and entertainment industry.
Another pivotal quality of Atomhawk is the care it has for employees. A great deal of effort is invested into professional growth, as well as physical and mental well-being, which - whilst sounding obvious - is something that has always been very important to me and is not as prevalent elsewhere as it should be. Working in a highly motivated, creative environment, where a healthy relationship between work and life is encouraged was too tempting to resist!
What were your initial impressions of the company when you first joined the team?
It was great to walk into a friendly and inclusive team with a lot of camaraderie. Staff organise plenty of social gatherings as well, so there is a nice balance of work and play. From a professional standpoint everything is exceptionally organised with considerable care afforded to crafting successful and robust processes for development. Atomhawk has built itself into an industry leader but no one is taking this for granted and there is a constant desire to push and excel.
What’s it been like re-locating to Vancouver and how are you finding living and working in the city?
Thankfully the transition process was very smooth, and I’ve had a really positive experience of my first time in Vancouver. Culturally it is a nice midpoint between the US and the UK, so it doesn’t feel entirely unfamiliar, and people are generally very friendly. For its size Vancouver has a lot to offer, and there are activities to cater to all kinds of tastes. I’m particularly fond of how walkable the city is, and how much you can explore and discover.
How closely do you work with the UK team?
Although I'm based out of our Canadian office, the nature of my role requires me to look at Atomhawk as a whole, so I have regular and quite involved communications with both teams on a daily basis to make sure I am in sync with undertakings in both studios. Each team is in a unique situation and as such they both have different needs I have to be aware of.
What has been the best part of working at Atomhawk so far?
The best aspect for me has been meeting and developing relationships with our partners. Discussing projects and building a creative rapport is tremendously exciting. We get to be involved at the nascent stages of a number of projects, really helping to shape them throughout their lifetime and it’s incredibly satisfying to see the fruition of all those efforts.
What are you most looking forward to over the next 6 months?
I’m genuinely excited to be able to talk more about some of the fantastic projects we’ve contributed to as they become public. There is some truly great work there, and I’m confident it will lead to even bigger success for Atomhawk and our partners.