V&A video game based on William Morris design launched

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Sophia George spent six months researching the game at the V&A in London

A new video game inspired by the designs of William Morris has been launched by the V&A museum's Games Designer in Residence.

Sophia George modelled iPad game Strawberry Thief on a Morris fabric by the same name on display in the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

The game was developed at Abertay University in Dundee.

A new £45m branch of the V&A focusing on design is being built at the city's waterfront.

The game enables the player to sketch and colour the famous pattern by flying a bird across the screen of their tablet.

As the player drags their finger across the screen, it leaves a trail for the bird to follow - and each section of the pattern it flies over then transforms from a pencil sketch to the coloured pattern.

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Players control a bird to sketch and colour in the famous William Morris design

Ms George researched the game between October 2013 and March 2014 at the V&A in London, before returning to Scotland to develop it with help from Abertay students Ellen Brown and Cameron Moore, Erin Michno from game studio Quartic Llama and Neil Cullen from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which provided music for the game.

She said: "It's been an incredible experience to have access to the V&A collections, and to the game design experts at Abertay.

"With Strawberry Thief I wanted to show that games are an incredibly artistic, creative medium that can excite, inspire and even relax the player, quite unlike the stereotype of games just involving fast-paced violence.

"It's also very important to me that families play games together, that games are designed for older people to engage with technology, and that girls and young women see game art, design and programming as real career options for them."

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, added: "Taking inspiration from design of the past to produce new innovative design is at the heart the V&A, so we are delighted to be working with such a rising star as Sophia George."

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A new £45m branch of the V&A museum is being built at Dundee's waterfront

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