Let’s start with the basics. My name is Anthony Chang, and I’m a Seattle-based graphic designer and marketing nerd, music blogger/managing editor, guitarist, and sitcom junkie. I graduated from the University of Washington‘s Foster School of Business and School of Art, Division of Design in 2011, with a double degree in Marketing and Design Studies.
If you must know, Pelossus [puh-los-uhs, or, rhymes with ‘colossus’] is the name of a planet I made up for a sci-fi book I was writing in high school. I haven’t finished it, but search anywhere for ‘pelossus’, ‘/pelossus’, or ‘@pelossus’, and you’ll find me. That seems pretty cool.
In any case, welcome to Pelossus.
(The three-headed bronty is a relatively new addition to my personal brand. His name is Harry, and each of his heads represent one of my concentrations: graphic design, marketing, social media. And a lil tummy full of humor.)
From visual journalism and freelance design to brand consulting and product photography, I’ve worked all over the modern graphic design and marketing fields and can’t wait for more. My dream is to work anywhere design, marketing, writing, and online strategy meet, whatever that might look like.
Or, you know, be in a band and tour the world.
As of July 2014, I’ve written professionally for Seattle-based music blog Rain City Ambience for over a year, and I’m growing quickly into my newly acquired Managing Editor position. I oversee a half dozen excellent writers, reviewers, photographers, and interviewers, all at least as nerdy about music as I am. It’s my joy and privilege to be a part of an influential Pacific Northwest music scene fixture, and I’m happy to write as a consistent creative outlet.
I also make up words (Always as a joke. Always. I literally cannot stress enough how much they were made in jest.), use them, publish them, and encourage others to use them, too.
I’ve worked for small businesses and nonprofits with barely ten people, medium companies with nearly 100, as well as massive companies like Microsoft, and I’ve found myself thriving in all sorts of environments. I strive to build strong relationships, because I believe a product is only as good as the team that built it.
I left high school at 16 to enter the University of Washington through the Academy For Young Scholars (It’s a thing. I promise. And I’m not socially uncomfortable. Mostly. Maybe. Idk.) I thrived there, and joined the highly competitive Design School at the end of freshman year to pursue a degree in Design Studies. Three-quarters of the way through Design School, I discovered branding and brand consulting, recognized the power of the partnership between business and design, and worked my fingers to the bone to enter the prestigious Michael G. Foster School of Business. I graduated in 2011 with a double degree in Marketing and Design Studies, and haven’t looked back since.
I can’t help but see the world in a way that is shaped and bettered by humble yet powerful design, and I want to be a part of that movement.
Honestly, I don’t remember what I cared about before I cared about music. My shelves are lined with CDs, my iPod is always on, and anything worth hearing I share and blog about. My taste is wide, but pop punk, metalcore, and modern worship make up my collective wheelhouse. Ask me for suggestions if you’re looking for new music; I love, and I mean I LOVE sharing.
I build and repair electric guitars, eat cereal, read sci-fi, watch tons of sitcoms, and play in several church bands. It’s (most of) the dream.
I’d like to thank all the folks who helped me get where I am. The admissions folks and managers who gave me a shot, the friends and family who pushed me to shoot higher, the professors and classmates who believed in me.
Special thanks to my dear friends Jake Gravbrot and Kelly Mason, who licensed their gorgeous pictures to me. Additionally, thanks always to my old friend Nelson Yong for being a great mentor, for teaching me to use WordPress ages ago, and for graciously hosting my portfolio site.