Hello, my name is Tony, and I'm an Experience Designer with 8+ years of experience in design and development. At heart, I am a developer first and a designer second. I enjoy creating interactive experiences, but I also enjoy designing and learning about the user's experiences.
I love playing video games, but not for the reason many may think. The way levels are designed and put together with story-driven content always fascinated me and fuel my passion for game design even at a young age on top of web development. There was just something magical about the first time I've discovered games, the first time I played my first MMORPG, and the first time I've built my first website.
During my middle school and high school years, I'd spend much of my free time on online forums learning as much as possible about creating websites and designing levels and mods for existing games. I've joined many online communities, helped run a few game servers, and even fixed and managed a few websites. I even design and built a couple of websites for a community center for many years, which gave me the exposure and experience I needed to set out and started doing everything independently.
I went to Columbia College Chicago, where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Game Design and a Minor in Web Development in 2015. It was during this time where I discovered my passion for being a freelancer and started my first company TVLE DESIGN LLC
which I've used to manage all of my work and clientele.
Immediately after I've graduated from college, I've decided to pursue a higher degree and attended DePaul University, where I graduated in 2018 and got my Masters of Art in Experience Design.
Since then, I've formed another company, Productive Laziness LLC,
where I build plugins and services for the WordPress platform. On top of running my businesses and growing my client base, I work for other agencies, acting as their support for their development needs and mentoring and training upcoming developers.
I am always in the state of improving and learning new things. I wouldn't say I define myself by the work I've done, but rather, I want to express myself by the things I want to do. I want to give others opportunities to learn new things and learn the things they would need to do what they love.