Pushing the boundaries of digital art and design globally 

Atomhawk was founded in 2009 with a team of four people.  Three years on, the company is leading the way in visual design for digital media and has attracted staff from across the UK and Europe to work from its office in Northern Design Centre at the prestigious Gateshead Quayside.

Having evolved from game developer Midway’s Gateshead, Atomhawk originally focused on concept art and user interface design for the console game market. Much has changed since then and they are now a world leading specialist in visual design across the full breadth of digital media, communicating unique ideas for the traditional and casual gaming markets as well as film and online.

An impressive client roster includes major entertainment companies such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, Sega and BBC. The highly talented bunch of creatives have worked on some of the world’s biggest franchises, including the latest release of Mortal Kombat, J K Rowling’s Pottermore, Dr Who: The Adventure Games and Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest.

Leading design industry and business representatives are among those singing the praises of Atomhawk’s achievements. They have been nominated twice for a Develop award in the Best Visual Outsourcer category as well as being shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in the 2011 North East Business Awards. Director, Cumron Ashtiani is also a regular speaker at games industry events and frequently contributes to and comments on the major issues facing the industry today.

Cumron says:  “As a start-up, we had a great time sharing our workspace and interacting with a whole host of exciting and hopeful digital companies. Essentially we were all growing up together. We had that sense of collaboration and support from like-minded and talented businesses which is still very much prevalent today. That’s what makes the creative and digital sector in NewcastleGateshead a special place to be part of. We’re a community that works together to push the boundaries of digital art and design through creativity, technology and leadership. This last year, we have become a world leader in our field and with the opportunities, talented people and inspiring business environment in NewcastleGateshead, I’m sure many more will follow suit.”

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