Anthony is the Founder and Creative Director of Ignite Online, an award-winning digital agency based in Melbourne specialising in custom website development and digital marketing. Anthony has been involved in the design industry for over 15 years, during which time he has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most prominent brands.
On top of Ignite Online, he’s a judge for the CSS Design Awards & Australian Web Awards, on the Victorian Council for the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), is on the Swinburne University Course Advisory Committee and also volunteers as an industry mentor.
Back in the day
Whilst completing a Bachelor of Design (Multimedia) at Swinburne University – National Institute of Design, Anthony was selected to take part in the University’s Student Exchange Program. His subsequent studies abroad during 2003 at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf in Germany further broadened his design skills and creative perspective.
Upon returning from Europe, Anthony took part in Swinburne University’s IBL (Industry-Based Learning) Program and was selected to be placed at Clemenger BBDO. Throughout his placement, he worked on a variety of projects for a multitude of different clients, including M&M’s (Masterfoods), VISA, AFL, Skittles, Dulux, Herald-Sun, Just Jeans, Oral-B and RACV.
In 2005, Anthony graduated with honours in Multimedia Design, Swinburne University – National Institute of Design and immediately went on to set up his website and graphic design business, Ignite Online.
Check out this recent interview with Shillington Design College which covers some more recent developments.
Anthony’s dependable work ethic and ability to communicate effectively, established Ignite Online’s reputation as an agency that exceeds client expectations.
Throughout the following years, Ignite Online grew from strength to strength through word-of-mouth alone. Anthony’s dependable work ethic and ability to communicate effectively throughout the entire design process, established the business’s reputation as an agency that exceeds client expectations.
In 2008, Anthony was contracted to fill the role of Senior Graphic Designer at Urbis, an interdisciplinary consulting firm offering services in planning, design, property, social planning, economics and research. The position saw Anthony working in Dubai for one year, whilst he also operated Ignite Online remotely.
During his time in the UAE for Urbis, Anthony was responsible for several design and production aspects relating to the DUDF (Dubai Urban Development Framework) Proposal for the Government of Dubai (TEC), overseen directly by Vice President and Prime Minister, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The project sought to create an innovative, flexible and fully integrated development planning and management framework for Dubai to the year 2020 and beyond.The project sought to create an innovative, flexible and fully integrated development planning and management framework for Dubai to the year 2020 and beyond.
Upon returning to Australia in 2009, Anthony continued to expand Ignite Online’s client base from its offices at 470 St Kilda Road. The business consistently worked with Grey Worldwide on many projects for high profile clients including TAC, WorkSafe, John West, Leggo’s, Australia Post, Covergirl and Australia Post.
In 2012, Anthony swapped the high-rise surrounds for the hustle and bustle of trendy Fitzroy, making a new home for Ignite Online at Rotson Studios. The creative melting pot was the perfect environment for the business to thrive, facilitating a number of collaborative partnerships – and some new friendships too! Today, Ignite Online is situated within The Commons co-working space in Collingwood.
Most recently, Anthony has been relishing his role on the CSSDA official judging panel for the CSS Design Awards, which sees him joining a team of web professionals to judge the best websites in the world at the end of each month and year. Anthony also contributes his expertise as an adjudicator for the Australian Web Awards, which showcases outstanding work by Australian web designers and developers.
When he is not busy dominating the world wide web, a keen sense of adventure has led Anthony to explore the world. A few of his highlights include travelling India by train, sailing around the Philippines and road-tripping across the USA.
He also enjoys reading about all things design, UX and business, all while living up to his reputation as World’s Worst Foosball Player.
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