About us

Aesthetician Labs (pronounced “es-the-tish-en”) is an artist-owned video game collective based out of lovely Rochester, NY. Our #1 goal is to make independent game development easier for our members. The team consists of founding members Noah Ratcliff, Aidan Markham, and Sam Cammarata. We founded Aesthetician Labs in 2018 after winning the New York State Game Dev challenge with our game, Crazy Platez.

AeLa’s focus is on bite-sized juicy games for web and mobile. As designers, we cut our teeth on game jams like Ludum Dare and Global Game Jam. We also grew up during the golden age of Flash games and our childhood favorites inspire the games we make today.

Meet the team

Noah Ratcliff

Noah is a jam fiend and juice enthusiast. They've been participating in Ludum Dare since 2012, and at one point hadn't missed a single LD for 5 years! Noah is AeLa's lead programmer/Unity wrangler and co-designer.

Aidan Markham

Aidan is AeLa’s lead technical artist, co-designer, and Blender wizard. He loves cute characters, bright colors, and things that wiggle on screens.

Sam Cammarata

Sam is a big fan of organization and reflection, which is fitting for a team’s producer! They can often be found scheming up improvements for the team’s systems and fun ways to make AeLa’s work more enjoyable, including snacks and celebrations.

AeLa Jam

Our focus as a team is on tiny games with tons of juice. Because of the scale of our games, our timelines are short and downtime between projects is costly!

We started AeLa Jam so we'd always have new prototypes in the oven. Every month, we take a 2-day break from all our ongoing work; the first day, Aidan and Noah each make their own prototypes from scratch, and the second day is for picking one prototype and polishing it up.

Join us monthly on Twitch or on our Discord while we jam!

Support us on Patreon!

Most of our games are available for free on the web. Although they are supported with ads, that doesn't always pay the bills, especially in a world with ad-blockers. We'd love to have the financial freedom to make games we can pour even more love into. Your support on Patreon helps us do just that.

By becoming an AeLa patron, you gain access to our community and behind-the-scenes work. You also get to contribute to our process by providing feedback on Patron-only beta/unreleased builds of our games, including prototypes from our monthly jams. Above all else, your patronage contributes to the viability of our collective, our community, and supports us in the most direct way possible.

Check out our Patreon page for more detailed information on tiers and rewards!

Thank you to our supporters!