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A huge thanks to Dennis Kriesel of the Eclectic Gamers Podcast for this interesting article on the Beginner’s Guide to Pinball Designers!  Check out the Eclectic Gamers Podcast here, and their Facebook page here!
A Beginner’s Guide to Pinball Designers
by Dennis Kriesel

The most fundamental element in any pinball playing experience is the playfield design itself. Home to the game’s action, playfield design began as the main challenge of creating a good pin and remains a major element even as software aspects have grown in importance.
Fans of pinball have their preferred styles of gameplay, and that play is driven by the layout. Over the years, many designers have plied their craft, and an element that becomes apparent to players is designers tend to have habits, customs, and preferred elements that carry over from game to game. In other words, designers have unique styles they bring to the table (literally and figuratively). This guide attempts to capture that, on a designer by designer basis.
This guide is in two sections: solid state (SS) era and electromechanical (EM) era. While some designers straddle the line, all being reviewed have been categorized in only one section (as determined by the author). For each listed designer, there are three basic pieces of information provided:

Designs With: Companies that produced the specific designer’s work (ignoring prototypes/one-offs; the focus is on significant production pins and when the person was a playfield designer versus other roles in the industry).
Top-Rated Games: Some of the designer’s top-rated games. For SS era designers, the games chosen come from the Pinside rating system as of August 8, 2018 (and only SS games were included for designers listed in the SS section,