“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” - Robert A. Heinlein
Game Design & Development
Change Allows Growth
Ryan Morrison is the business visionary that has led Island Officials from a ‘basement project’ into a fully operational game development and web design studio. Morrison has led the management and creative teams at Island Officials in the development of more than twenty games and applications and dozens of websites.
Alongside Island Officials, Morrison was a software engineer at Vencore (formerly The SI Organization, Inc and formerly part of Lockheed Martin), is the lead instructor, and visionary, of the Game Design & Development AAS program at Camden County College, Co Owner/Operator of Tiki Tiki Board Games, and is the creator and co organizer of SJ Geekfest. From 1993 through 2008 Morrison’s involvement in the game industry was focused on multi-unit, specialty and big-box retail business development. During this time Morrison worked with companies such as Blockbuster Video, Funcoland, Gamestop, Toys R Us and GameCrazy.
Morrison is an active member of the New Jersey Chapter of the IGDA (International Game Developer’s Association) and is also the founder/advisor for Camden County College’s Game Design Guild. Morrison has been a Trustee for Main Street Woodbury Inc., a trustee for the FAF Coalition and the Chair for Woodbury Heights Community Center and sits on the board for the Computer Graphics Department at Camden County College. His educational background is in Media Design and Art from Gloucester County College and The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Multimedia and Business from Wilmington University.
Wayne Strange Composer Strange Symphonies
Shane Henrickson SEO / PPC / CPC / Analytics
Ryan Morrison is a natural-born leader.
Leave dreaming to the dreamers, Ryan makes his visions come true! He is a mentor to those that follow him and a passionate Professor to help guide students on their journey. During the project Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure, Ryan gave me the chance to work at his studio. I knew Ryan from my undergrad studies in Game Design and Development at Camden County College. He took me underneath his wing and showed me a path within the video game industry that I enjoyed. He always stays connected with his employees, fellow employees, students, alumni and friends.
Ryan's vision of starting a video game studio came true. In 2007, Island Officials became established in the video game industry. The company flourished with many hit titles and becoming among the most well-known video game studios in New Jersey.
I stand by Ryan Morrison with every decision he makes in his career and hope one day we can work together again
Adrian Sandoval Game Designer at Island Officials
Daniel J. Pisko III Programmer Analyst w/ Mobile Design & Management Focus at Camden County College