A William Morris computer game

Sophia George, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s first-ever Game Designer in Residence, has created a new iPad game inspired by the work of William Morris.

Sophia George with the game
Sophia George with the game

The Strawberry Thief game is named after a William Morris furnishing fabric on show at the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 galleries.

The game enables players to sketch and colour the pattern by flying a bird – the strawberry thief itself – across their iPad screen.

As the player drags their finger across the screen, it leaves a trail for the bird to follow – and each section of the pattern it flies over then transforms from a pencil sketch to the coloured pattern.

George says: “I wanted to show that games are an incredibly artistic, creative medium that can excite, inspire and even relax the player, quite unlike the stereotype of games just involving fast-paced violence.”

She adds: “It’s also very important to me that families play games together, that games are designed for older people to engage with technology, and that girls and young women see game art, design and programming as real career options for them.”

George worked with Erin Michno from game studio Quartic Llama to develop the game, alongside students Ellen Brown and Cameron Moore from the Abertay University. Music was created by Neil Cullen from the Royal Scottish National Opera.

George was appointed as the V&A’s Game Designer in Residence last year at the age of 22. You can read our interview with her here.

Strawberry Thief is available for free at www.appstore.com.

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