Community Focus: Niris

Apr 10, 2020 - DeeJ

 Tuesdays. You know them well. The days where your pursuit of loot and power begins anew. Depending on the status of Daylight Saving, our internal alarm clocks go off around 10 AM Pacific, sending us on a search for what’s going on in Destiny. Without fail, the subject of this week’s Community Focus has been quick on the draw, providing infographics with pinpoint accuracy.

You may have heard the legends about this Guardian. Today, we’ll spend a little time getting to know them. Join me in welcoming Niris to center stage.

So, Niris, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where did you come from, and what do you do out there in the “real world?”

Niris: Hello everyone! The name is Nic, but you can call me Niris. Or Nic. Whichever you like. Some of you may already know me as “the Destiny infographic guy.” Out here in the “real world” I design user interfaces and experiences, which is kind of what led me to creating all of the infographics I’ve designed for Destiny.

My story starts out a little sad, but I promise it has a happy ending. When Destiny 2 launched in 2017, I was taking care of my mother in hospice. It was an incredibly emotional and tough time and video games with friends were the only thing keeping me together. I needed something consistent to keep me busy during that time in my life. Something that I could count on doing every day or week without fail. Based on my experience with Destiny 1, I knew I wanted to do something within the community, I just didn’t know what yet. I knew I was good at presenting a lot of information in an easily digestible format, so in October 2017 I designed my first Weekly Reset infographic. If I’m being honest, the graphics started as a coping mechanism for myself, but grew into something much more along the way.

Since then, I’ve gone on to design an infographic for just about anything you can imagine in Destiny. Heroic public event activations? I got you. Need a refresher on how the Gambit UI and strategy works? Got you there too. Oh, you don’t know what times to shoot for in Master Nightmare Hunt Time Trials? Look no further. I love being able to gather detailed information surrounding specific activities in-game and make them super easy for players to understand.

Now, in the two and a half years since starting, the infographics have been featured in Forbes, Kotaku, and Gamerant. We built a Discord Bot (Servant of Niris) that services 2,500+ servers with the infographics and I haven’t missed a Weekly Reset since October 3rd, 2017. Needless to say, Mom would be proud. =)

(P.S. “Consistency kills competition.” To anyone out there who needs to hear this: if you find yourself going through a tough time, find something that you can do consistently to feel good about yourself. Keep doing it. Keep moving forward no matter what. You’ve got this.)

It’s inspiring to look back at the choices you made to get you to where you are today. Let’s dive deeper, what got you into Graphic Design?

Niris: I started doing graphic design about 12 years ago when I was a turntablist/DJ and putting out mixtapes left and right. It wasn’t very cost viable for me to keep paying to have artwork done for every single cover on everything I put out, so I decided that I’d give it a shot myself. Shortly after that I began to create posters, flyers, and all sorts of things which then led me to a marketing job. These days however, I’ve found my love and passion in UI/UX design and I’m hoping to maybe lend those skills to the Bungie team someday.

I’ve always had a bit of jealousy towards those who have an artistic touch. Twelve years of progress really shows in your work! How about Destiny? What led you here?

Niris: I’ve always been a fan of Bungie. Sometimes without even knowing it. I have memories of playing Oni on one of my very first PC builds after high school. The time I spent huddled around an Xbox with three of my friends playing Halo into the wee hours of the morning is something I’ll never forget either. So when a friend hit me up in the summer of 2014 talking about a beta for Bungie’s next project (shoutout to you Pebey!), I knew I had to get in on it.

Let’s be honest… There’s no better shooter than Destiny. The guns and the space magic really fulfilled that power fantasy for me that other games couldn’t. I played the ever-loving crap out of D1, but for some reason, I never got into the lore much or even “building” up my Guardian to its max potential. I mean, I never even raided in D1. It was a really cool shooter that I got to play with my friends and that’s all I really cared about at the time. 


Fast forward to now and I’m completely enveloped in everything. I’m obsessed with other creators’ content. I watch lore videos, read all of the books, and farm activities for hours looking for that one perfect roll on a gun. I’ve even done three day-one raids at this point and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.

Let’s get down to business. This is one of the most important questions you could ever answer while having the spotlight on you. What class do you call home, and why is it a Hunter?

Niris: ‘Lock life all day, baby!

For me, it’s the utility and diversity that a Warlock brings to a fireteam. I love that I can throw down a Well of Radiance or switch it up and chuck a Nova Bomb whenever I feel like it. Pair that with some of my favorite class Exotics in the game and it’s a recipe for fun. Who doesn’t love running around with Devour, a Recluse, and Nezarec’s Sin?

I’m also a Hunter on my days off and am warming back up to my Titan after we’ve had some time away from each other.

Alright, I’ll give you a pass. Without Warlocks, space magic wouldn’t feel as… magical. Anyway, thanks for stopping by! It’s always fun getting to know our community a bit better. Want to give a shout-out to the community before we wrap up?

Niris: I would just like to send a resounding “thank you!” to the entire community. I’ve made so many friendships and shared experiences I never would’ve imagined all because of this game. The Destiny community truly is the best community. <3

Lastly, please be kind to yourself and each other. Patience is a rare currency we could all use a little more of right now as we navigate through these ultra-weird times.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for stopping by. If you have any recommendations for our next Community Focus, feel free to drop us a line. Cozmo and I are always on the lookout for the next Guardian to spotlight.

Enjoy the weekend, and we’ll see you next week.

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