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Anthony Anthamatten

Anthony Anthamatten staring into camera on railroad tracks

A Career You Cannot Plan

Besides being a UI/UX designer, software developer, and architect, I am also an author. So let me see if I can boil my career down to as few words as possible since I’m sure both of us have more things to do today besides looking at this website.

“You may ask yourself, how did I get here?”

-David Byrne – The Talking Heads

My career began at 17 years old

I started working in television when I was 17 years old because I was a Boy Scout who asked the right question and I would work for peanuts while my friends worked in fast food.

“They hired me to clean the art department which was like being in a tornado with crayons.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

8 years in television as a graphic artist

I spent 8 years creating graphics and animation for 3 newscasts a day, television commercials, special productions, and created marketing materials from letter size to gigantic billboards.

“Working in tv taught me how to finish before a deadline. The news was coming on at 5:00 p.m. no matter what.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

3D animation taught me how to program computers

When I learned 3D animation, there were no schools that taught a class. This was the year Terminator (the original movie) came out. You got one of the few books available and learned how to write C if you wanted to do compositing.

“I spent many nights sleeping on the floor waiting on animations to render. It was slow then and still slow today.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

I was a club DJ with my own radio show

Don’t think I made any money in those early days. I had to moonlight as a DJ to afford my $275/mo. rent and that couch I bought from Goodwill. But it lead me to being the most popular DJ in Memphis and the producer of “Saturday Night Hot Mix” for 3 years.

“I knew I made it to the big time when my grandmother called to tell me they were playing my show in K-Mart.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

I founded GrafxLab

I invented the company GrafxLab in 1992. I was 25 years old and knew where we were going. I wrote a business plan and received $30,000 from the first bank I approached. I’ve never worked so hard in my life. But I was proud to build that company with 12 terrific employees only to have to close it in 1997 my largest client declared bankruptcy leaving me holding worthless paper.

“Losing GrafxLab was gut-wrenching. To work so hard on something you believe in to lose it because somebody defaulted? That is what I got for not having investors. It was two years before the dot.com bubble. Had we lasted longer, I could have been Elon Musk or Amazon rich.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

The ultimate consultant

After I made the brutal decision to close GrafxLab 1997, I became a consultant designing and developing software for some of the top companies in the United States. It is the reason you see the gigantic résumé I have today. I have had the privilege of working on more than 50 projects.

“Consulting is a thankless job. I am brought in to do the hardest stuff. You never know where the bathroom is. People don’t care to know your name or birthday because they assume you make more money than them. I have to remind people I don’t get paid time, benefits, or can be as lazy as them.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

Burn-Out Author

I was on the road in three cities over three years living in hotels missing holidays and friends writing software for thankless people. There was no amount of money you could pay me to endure that struggle again. So what did I do? I took time off to write my first novel “Double Crossed : Play the Hand You’re Dealt” in 2020. The follow-up, “Double Crossed : Vengeance” was released in 2024. Two novels are due next year, “Double Crossed : Redemption” and the romantic mystery, “Black”. The fun thing there are talks to turn Double Crossed into a movie or show.

“Sometimes you need a break to try something different.”

-Anthony Anthamatten

What's next?

Who knows what is next. I could not have planned this career with the best map. Somehow it found me. One thing I have learned is whatever comes next will be an adventure.