Hello! 


Shandiin Yazzie Woodward is a Diné (Navajo Nation) game creator and multideciplinary designer from Albuquerque, NM. She is the Co-Founder and Art Director at Subliminal, where she spearheads her studio’s projects and crafts colorful worlds and characters. She has 10+ years experience in her artistic career and specializes in stylized game art and graphic design.

Shandiin was selected as a member of The Game Awards Future Class 2021. She has done design work for Meow Wolf, a multiverse art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her games have been selected in the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

︎ Shandiin also volunteers for her local game community and co-founded the Albuquerque Game Developers Guild, a 501c3 group to help game developers in New Mexico, and she is also a regular game jam organizer.  Shandiin works to promote diversity in games and create a space for indigenous expression.

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Experience ︎︎︎


Current. Subliminal Co-Founder, Art Director
2020. Code Coven Elevate Program Participant
2019. Meow Wolf Lead Web Designer

I’ve also worked with ︎︎︎


Wizards of the Coast World Building, Unannounced Title
Albuquerque Game Developers Guild Co-Founder, Board Member
Global Game Jam Site Organizer
NM Game Jam Organizer

Awards ︎︎︎


2022. She Plays Games 100
2021. TGA Future Class
2020. imagineNATIVE Official Selection
2015. imagineNATIVE Best Digital Media

What I do ︎︎︎


01. Art Direction
02. Styalized 2D + 3D Art
03. Graphic Design
04. UI + UX Design
05. Character Design
06. Animation
07. Motion Graphics
08. Game Design

︎ Art + Design Contracting
︎ Indigenous Stories
︎ Diversity + Inclusivity Topics

Featured in ︎︎︎


︎︎︎ GDC Independent Games Summit: A Game from a GIF: How 'Button City' Was Made
︎︎︎ Indigenous Game Devs
︎︎︎ Voyages Into Native Worlds: Gaming Offers a Glimpse into Indigenous Cultures and Stories
︎︎︎ Night of the Indigenous Devs 2020: A Recap





Talks and interviews ︎︎︎


Game Dev Interview: Button City
Game Devs of Color Expo 2021


A Case for Cozy: Why We Need Wholesome Games
Geek Girl Con 2020