Jon Knoles

Design Director

Since joining Microsoft in 2010, Jon has worked for Turn 10 Studios in Redmond, Washington as a Design Director on the Forza Horizon series, developed by Playground Games.

Soon after graduating from The Art Institute of Seattle in 1989, Jon began his career in the game industry as an artist and animator at Taito Software Inc., and then joined Lucasfilm Games (later known as LucasArts) at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, a dream job for a Star Wars fan since the age of eight. Over the next 14 years, Jon worked on more than 20 titles on PC and consoles in roles ranging from Artist/Animator to Project Leader and Design Director.

Jon also has a passion for cars which began at a very young age, collecting more than 300 Hot Wheels, and he typically commutes to work in his 1961 Porsche 356. Having a career that involves playing with cars and building great games is also a dream job. He is also extremely proud to be part of Microsoft’s mission to make Gaming for Everyone a reality.

Making Forza More Accessible
March 18, 2019
9.50  -  10.30