Well, hello there!

You have found your way to the web presence of Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer, or Squinky for short. Welcome!

I’m a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness.

Currently, I’m working on my PhD at Concordia University in Montreal, wherein I frequently hang out at the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) lab. My research focuses on the design of autobiographical games.

I have an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and a BSc in Computer Science from UBC. I have also worked in the videogame industry as a programmer, game designer, and narrative design consultant.

I use they/them pronouns.

For fun, I play low brass instruments (tuba, euphonium, trombone), sing, crochet, ride my bike when it’s warm enough, care for a cat and a crested gecko, and make groan-worthy puns.