Orvar Halldorsson

Orvar Halldorsson

Creative Director, Xbox
Bellevue, USA

Orvar leads the product design team for Xbox devices and accessories at Microsoft.


Orvar Halldorsson

Orvar leads the product design team for Xbox devices and accessories at Microsoft. He led the redesign efforts for the dashboard experience of the new Series X│S generation of consoles, including all Xbox shell apps within Xbox consoles. He leads design efforts of all 10-ft (TV) gaming experiences within Xbox as well as accessories like the Xbox controller and headsets, partnering with industrial designers to support various digital experiences for both Special Edition and Limited Edition accessories.

He is also an adjunct lecturer at DigiPen Institute of Technology where he teaches UX design courses to game design students.

Prior to joining Microsoft he was the UX Director at Bungie for 5 years where he managed the UX Org on development of the Destiny franchise. Orvar was also at CCP Games for 5 years where he was the Game Design Director and later UX Director working on the critically acclaimed MMO game EVE Online

Before joining the gaming industry, Orvar held various creative roles within Web/Mobile, Movie, TV, and Post-Production industries where he worked in the field of UI-UX, Creative Direction, Design Management, Visual Design, Visual Effects, Digital Media and Graphic Design. Orvar holds a degree in Digital Media from Full Sail University where he received the Advanced Achievement & Salutatorian Award.

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