Anthony Farrugia

A1 Designs

Hi, My names Anthony and I've been a Web Designer/ Fronted Developer for close to 10 years.

I started off working for a small candle company doing packaging and general website maintenance, it was a fun job but wasn't the best for me to expand my skills as I was a solo worker, everything was self taught and it was a only a part time gig. A year on I got a job with a company that tried to build something like WIX but unfortunately it wasn't successful and suffered from financial troubles prior to me being hired (something I wasn't aware off till a few months in). I left the company just shy of a year.

Even though the job didn't work out I worked with a small team where I was able to learn and expand my skills, right then is where I knew I wanted to focus more on UI//UX Design and give the user the best experience when coming to a website. After a year or so of working at a restaurant catering company and doing all their website and graphic design I landed a job at Adtorque Edge (Current company I'm working for). We started off as a team of 4 and now have grown to have over 50 staff members in over 4 different countries. We are one of the leading design companies for the automotive industry around Australia and New Zealand.

my core skills

html5

Joomla

UI

UX

SEO

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

The WIX like company I worked for which had financial trouble was one of the best things to happen to me, the members of my team taught me so much and I actually got them a job with my current company.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Typical work week consist of talking to clients (whether it be via email or phone), Assisting with website maintenance and support jobs where I can, Building website and providing training to staff members.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Very relax and low pressure environment, every I work with I've become good friends with.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have a fountain of knowledge throughout the whole website build process (Design, SEO best practices, Mobile first approach, website management, UI & UX design.

What are the tools of your trade?

Photoshop, Illustrator and Sublime Text.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I collaborate with others on a daily basis. I may not always have the right answer, so it's great to get other peoples input.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Set realistic time frames, when I first started I didn't have the best understanding of how long things would take and always low balled it.

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