DARK HORSE COMICS, INC. (2006-2010)
The largest independent comics publisher, third behind Marvel and DC in market share, Dark Horse fulfilled a childhood dream of mine to work in comics. I was grateful to work with writers and artists I looked up to such as Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, and Neil Gaiman. I was able to draw from my experience as a lo-fi punk poster artist and create the best designs I could with tight deadlines and a limited budget, a common restriction at Dark Horse. A few notable clients are Lucasfilms, Twentieth Century Fox, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, and Tony Millionaire.
-comic, graphic and prose novel design
-digital art cleanup
-print and web ad design
-working with freelance artists and writers
DENNARD, LACEY, AND ASSOCIATES (2005-2006)
DL&A is a marketing and design studio located in Dallas, TX known for their corporate identity work. As a junior designer I worked on a variety of material with strong branding that I built upon and maintained.
A memorable client I worked with was Harcourt School Publishers.
-corporate identity and branding
-book and textbook design
-front-end web design
-researching and collaborating with illustrators and photographers
I think of my freelance work as play, somewhere I can do all the things I can't do at my 9-5 design job. Most of my clients are Portland locals such as Banana Stand Media and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival. I am always looking to work with musicians because designing posters and album covers for local bands has always be a passion of mine since high school. I have also done work for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in New York.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (May-August 2003)
My first gig in design was with a government agency... so not much to say there other than the people I worked with were really cool and I got to go through their warehouse where I found old documents dating from the 60's. I think this is where my love of Futura came from. Things not cool: had to file pictures of amputations and prosthetics.
MARYLAND INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF ART (2001-2005)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
Pilot and Vandercook letterpress
2010 PubWest Book Design silver award for The Art of Tony Millionaire
2009 Print Magazine Regional Design Annual
ON THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
"I'd also like to give Tony Ong, who designed the book, a huge amount of credit. The back cover and inside cover are both well designed, and he offers a unique take with each issue." -Comicbookresources.com
"Even Collection Designer Tony Ong deserves credit for a very clean, yet visually unique design on this trade."
"Approaching each issue like the fruitful canvass of a different old-school album cover to design, Tony Ong's title-pages and back covers took on the look of diffuse everyday ephemera – worn newsmagazines; junkfood wrappers; movie, propaganda and psychedelic-gig posters; government dossiers; dada collage art; opening titles; and ads – not as mere thematic gimmickry or routine-varying decoration but a great series of artifacts collaging a sense of the characters' traces in a believable if impossible world." -Comiccritique.com
ON COLOR OF RAGE
"This book is hardly a career high for anyone involved, save for book designer Tony Ong who did a nice job of presenting what is otherwise a disaster." (Lol, I actually dug the book. To each their own.)
Big thanks to Scott Allie for finding a few of these.