Anthony Watts

Maker & Mentor

Over the last twenty years, I have developed a love of making things. Whether it is professionally on the web, mobile, or print, or as a passionate maker using 3d printing and model making, I love the creative process. I enjoy passing on my knowledge to growing designers and leading creative teams to bring out their best through coaching, feedback, and direction.

Work History

Work History

Bent Bristle

Jul 2014 - Present

Partner

The Bent Bristle is a passion project that shares my love of military and fantasy miniature figure painting with thousands of fellow artists and hobbyists around the world. Our online store serves North America by importing the best figure kits and modeling supplies from Europe. We also hold seminars and workshops featuring Europe's best miniature artists and have a brand new model range of our own.

FinanceIt

Apr 2012 - Present

Creative Director

Financeit allows small and medium sized business to offer point-of-sale financing to their customers. As Creative Director, I am the caretaker of our brand and manage creative projects for of our Sales, Marketing, and Technology departments at the helm of our design team. I also sit on our Product Team where I offer user experience and design expertise for new product initiatives.

Enthrive

Jan 2011 - Nov 2011

Creative Director

As Creative Director, I led the creative efforts behind a health and wellness oriented iOS application including interface design, logo design, and marketing material production. I worked closely with executive and development teams to plan and continually improve the product's user experience.

Flextronics

May 2010 - Jan 2011

Senior Visual Designer

As Senior Visual Designer, I designed user interfaces for a new Android smartphone, including the browser, phone, keyboard, and various system components such as the application launcher. I created and maintained documentation and specifications, and worked closely with development teams locally and overseas to ensure the designs were implemented correctly. I also designed and maintained assets for our development teams and managed documentation for the SDK.

Avid Life Media

Jul 2008 - May 2010

Creative Director

As Avid Life Media's Creative Director,  I designed and developed front-end for Avid's new Ruby on Rails based dating site platform and led the design team in the creation and maintenance of  web and mobile properties, and the creation of marketing materials. I also led design and user experience efforts in new product development.

Unspace Interactive

Jan 2006 - Jul 2008

Partner

I was a co-founder of Toronto's first Rails based consulting agency where I led design and front-end development efforts for our many web and mobile clients. I designed and developed the front-end for many successful projects including Canadian Tire, The Score, Rail Europe, and various start-ups.

Games Workshop

Jun 2004 - Dec 2005

Studio Manager

At Games Workshop I led the design studio in the creation and maintenance of web and print media, as well as supporting marketing efforts and gaming events across the country. I was responsible for design, layout, and writing for the Canadian edition of White Dwarf magazine, and I supported marketing efforts with painting and modelling projects, event logistics, and special gaming events.

Cyberplex

1998 - 2003

Designer

At Cyberplex, I designed and maintained web front-ends for our clients including Handspring, Eaton's, Irwin Toy, and others.

Education

Education

Ontario College of Art and Design

1991 - 1996

AOCA, Integrated Media

I graduated from the Integrated Media Department with a focus on film and video. I also explored electronics, sound, and 3d animation.

Portfolio

Branding, Design, & UI

Skills

Skills

Design

Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Rhino 3D, UI/UX Design, 

Development

HTML/CSS, Haml/Sass, Git, Javascript, Rapid Prototyping, Agile Methodologies, Ruby on Rails

Other

3D Printing, 3D Modelling, Product Prototyping, Scale model building and finishing