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Hi! I'm Serina Patterson,
a medievalist and web designer.

I research, design, and build interfaces and experiences.

About Me

I am a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, with research interests in late medieval literature, game studies, and digital humanities. My dissertation focuses on games in medieval literature.

When I'm not researching medievally things or designing websites, I can be found gaming, playing my whistle, running, or exploring the wilderness with my husband. For something a bit more formal, here’s my CV.

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Interfaces influence how we perceive the world: They are the medium of human experience.


As a medievalist, I study manuscripts and literature from c. 1250-1500. My current research focuses on games in medieval literature: I am interested in how games can be both a cultural object and emergent culture, especially in their relation to literature.

  • Games in Literature
  • History of the Book
  • Chaucer & Gower
  • Reception Theory

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Games and Play in Medieval Literature, 2010-2014

My dissertation project focuses on studying the cultural intersections between medieval games and literary works in Middle English and Middle French.

Writing & Speaking


  • Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature. Ed. Serina Patterson. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming.
  • "Reading the Medieval in Early Modern Monster Culture." Studies in Philology 111.2 (2014). In Press.
  • "Casual Medieval Games, Interactivity, and Social Play in Social Network Applications." Digital Gaming Re-imagines the Middle Ages. Ed. Daniel Kline. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • "Enacting Change: A Study of the Implementation of e-Readers and an Online Library in Two Canadian High School Classrooms." LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries 20.1 (2010). Web. 7 Sept 2010
  • "Creating a Virtual Library Classroom Tool for Digital Age Youth." New Knowledge Environments 1.1 (2010). Web. 23 March 2010

Life is not comprised solely of tasks, but tastes.


I am interested in designing, developing, and researching web experiences. I have been involved in various projects including how youth use digital technology, library interfaces, and ways to learn old languages online (e.g. Middle English).

  • Digital Humanities
  • Social Computing
  • Interface Design
  • Pedagogy

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Canadian Society of Medievalists, 2012

I redesigned and developed this site to include a fresh new layout, social network, news feed, and online payment system.

Joomla!      php     Photoshop

11th CSDL Conference, 2012

Working with UBC's Wordpress system, I designed and developed a conference website (Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language Conference), including an abstract submission system, registration, and maps.

Wordpress      CSS     Photoshop

Liana Patterson: Art & Illustration, 2012

I designed and handcrafted a custom Wordpress theme from scratch for Liana Patterson, a surrealist artist from South Porcupine, Ontario.

Wordpress      php     Photoshop

Type has rhythm and cadence; it breathes in distinct spaces and, in doing so, creates a life of its own.


I currently study games through a medieval lens, both medieval and modern, but I am also interested in the broader, theoretical aspects of game design. I also study the use of games in education and design games as a hobby.

  • Game Studies
  • History of Games & Play
  • Games & Medievalism
  • Educational Games

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Get in Touch

If you have an inquiry regarding a new project or if you just want to say hello, then get in touch with me via email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

For Web Projects: In order to help gauge the requirements for your project, please fill out this questionnaire and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Department of English
University of British Columbia
397 – 1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1