Anthony Anthamatten : Career

So many things to do...

Designer, Developer, and Author hardly scratch the surface of the career for Anthony Anthamatten

Who knew becoming an Eagle Scout would lead to a career helping great organizations create some of their most important technology projects? The road I took was being paved before my eyes with only instincts to guide my way. 

I am a veteran UI/UX designer, software developer, and solutions architect. I create applications that run anywhere and do incredible things. Since my career began in 1984, everything I do today was new or had not been invented. 

How Did I Get Here?

Like a line from the Talking Heads song, “Once in a Lifetime”, “You may ask yourself how did I get here?” I am sure many people have felt the same way. But in some strange and unplanned way the pieces of the puzzle in my career fit perfectly. It is as if you were given a puzzle without knowing the big picture might be the simplest description.

Anthony Anthamatten Career Timeline (1984 - 2022)

Timeline of Lessons

Most people go to a college or university for their education. Mine has been trial by fire when nobody taught the class. Things I have done in my career may not  seem to makes sense at first glance. But this unique education was paid with hard knocks.

Date

Company

Role

What I Learned

1984 – 1992

WMC-TV

Graphic Artist / 3D Animator

  • Develop ideas quickly
  • Deadlines are absolute
  • Be obvious

1984 – The Boy Scout and the Believers

When I became an Eagle Scout in 1984 they had a program that asked what you wanted to do for a career? The Boy Scouts arranged for someone in the field to be a mentor who you could shadow behind the scenes for a day to see what the job entails. By that age, I had already worked as a volunteer for a local cable television station and knew how to run camera, switcher, and audio. I also was a photographer for my school newspaper and annual staff and had my own darkroom to develop black and white photographs.

I was always fascinated by the magic of television and chose that as an occupation I would like to pursue. That decision and the gentleman, Dick Hawley, who was my mentor that day altered my course. We toured the station and I appeared on the noon news in my Boy Scout uniform. It was an amazing day for a skinny kid from Memphis, Tennessee. When the tour was over, I asked one question that caused the avalanche of puzzle pieces to fall. 

“How do they do those graphics that hang over the shoulder during the news?” I asked Dick Hawley.

Surprised I asked the question, he said, “This is not normally not part of the tour, but I will take you to the art department.”

That is where I met Tom Foster, the Art Director at WMC-TV, and to this day one of the most talented artists I’ve met in real life. I spent two or three hours up there peppering Tom with questions that I am sure he wondered if I came from another planet. But that is when he asked if I wanted a job, helping organize the art department.

Did I ever, you bet! 

How Did I Get Here?

Like a line from the Talking Heads song, “Once in a Lifetime”, “You may ask yourself how did I get here?” I am sure many people have felt the same way. But in some strange and unplanned way the pieces of the puzzle in my career fit perfectly. It is as if you were given a puzzle without knowing the big picture might be the simplest description. 

Which hammer to use

With more than 25 years experience working on over 60 projects with teams around the globe, I know what it takes to succeed. Software and web application development are monumental tasks. Avoiding the pitfalls and understanding how to navigate the obstacles along the way is easier when you have driven the course as many times as me.

  • I am a planner
  • I am a manager (On Time, on budget, people management)
  • I am a leader

Communication

Drop me a line if you have a project or opportunity you would like to discuss. And if you have a project so on fire and need help, don’t worry, I have seen it all and have my fire suit on standby.

  • I am a planner.
  • I am a leader.
  • I am a visionary. (GrafxLab)
  • I am a manager. (On Time, on budget, people management)
  • I am experienced. (Since 1986)the