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Jim Keifer is a game designer and artist who has worked in the game industry since the mid-1980s for popularly-established game companies. He has designed hundreds of games and puzzles that are made and distributed throughout the world and holds at least 18 patents dealing with game mechanics and component configuration. He grew up in Pacific Palisades, California, and studied Industrial Design at Notre Dame. He also enjoys a close working relations with over 100 premiere inventors in America, Asia, and Europe.

He has served in multiple design and management positions over the last 30 years. He has worked as Vice President of design for Spin Master, head of game design for interactive and youth electronics toys for Mattel, as a designer manager for Parker Brothers, and as a game designer for Milton Bradley.

Keifer has designed games for many other well-known companies, including the Walt Disney Company, Spin Master, Warner Brothers, Universal, and Nickelodeon. His team created over 20 games for the Harry Potter brand including the award-winning Harry Potter Levitating Challenge and established UNO as the #1 family games brand with games like UNO Attack.

Keifer currently focuses on inventing games for all platforms and mediums. He is expanding this talent into concepting game shows for several well-known Hollywood production companies as well as the popular On-line game "Picturiffic".

Jim Keifer is also a prolific fine art painter and cartoonist. In 2009 he became the officially authorized fine artist for Monopoly, The Art! and Scrabble, The Art! (Licensed by Hasbro). In collaboration with internationally collected artist Kathleen Keifer - painting as J&K Keifer.

Awards

  • In 2004, his team won the 2004 Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Association for the Scene It? DVD game.
  • He also invented Screaming Eagles which was awarded Best Game of 1988 by Games Magazine.

Go to keiferart.com for more.

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Jim started in the Game industry as a game designer for Milton Bradley in the mid 1980's. He moved on to become a Design Manager for Parker Brothers, Senior Director of Game Design for Mattel and Vice President of Game Design for Spin Master Inc. Jim currently runs KeiferArt, an intellectual property firm focusing on fine art and game design for all platforms.

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