Tony Mastrangeli

Art Director, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Photographer, Artist

About Me

Creative and innovative…A smart person knows how something works, a clever person knows how to get something done.

Hi. I’m Tony Mastrangeli.

I have been working as a design professional for over 20 years now. With experience as a creative director, art director, graphic designer, web designer, photographer, and fine artist, I have been solving problems for my clients for two decades now.

Downers Grove, IL

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  • INDESIGN 90% 90%
  • PHOTOSHOP 80% 80%
  • ILLUSTRATOR 70% 70%
  • WORDPRESS 80% 80%
  • DREAMWEAVER 60% 60%
  • HTML & CSS 70% 70%
  • BLENDER 35% 35%

AT A GLANCE

Graphic Design. Over 20 years as a creative professional handling the layout and design from single page ads to 400+ page books.

Art Direction. Over 17 years of creative direction experience in advertising, tabletop games, publishing (book and magazine), ecommerce, and web design.

 

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

AWARDS

2020 Ennie Awards
Planet Apocalypse for 5th edition
Nominee – Best Monster/Adversary Supplement
Nominee – Best Art, Interior

2019 Ennie Awards
Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for 5th Edition
Winner – Best Monster/Adversary Supplement

2007 American Inhouse Design Awards
Winner – GrowerTalks May 2006 Cover
Winner – Pest and Diseases of Herbaceous Cover

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Graphic Design and Art Direction
August 2000 – Present

Offering graphic design and art direction services, primarily aimed at the tabletop game industry. Jobs include board game rulebook layout, RPG books, punchboard design, marketing assets, board game renders, presentations, t-shirt design, marketing collateral, and other graphic design related projects. Some of my clients include Unexpected Games, Office Dog, Modiphius Entertainment, Play to Z, Chessex, and Arcane Wonders.

Art Director and Principal Graphic Designer
North Star Games

August 2022 – Present

Spearheaded the layout and design of tabletop games, collaborating closely with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment with project goals. Partnered with marketing and sales managers to develop creative assets, driving brand visibility and market engagement.

• Led the design process for tabletop games and associated marketing materials, delivering compelling visual narratives.

• Implemented a robust review system for production files, optimizing workflow efficiency and quality control measures.

• Sourced and cultivated new artistic talent, fostering collaborative relationships to produce exceptional illustrations.

Art Director
Petersen Games

April 2018 – July 2022

Directed the overall design aesthetic and visual identity across all company projects, resulting in a substantial enhancement of the brand’s appeal and recognition. Under my leadership, I elevated the visual brand of the company which led to over a million dollars in crowdfunding backers.

• Led a strategic packaging redesign initiative for the company’s flagship product, resulting in a notable increase in sales and market competitiveness.

• Designed and art directed an award winning 400+ page RPG book

• Managed a diverse team of over 20 freelance artists, overseeing the creation of illustrations and 3D sculptures, and ensuring deliverables met high-quality standards and project timelines.

Creative Director
CFM Consulting

August 2009 – April 2018

Managed the design team and oversaw the creative of all marketing and branding initiatives.

• Spearheaded a successful re-branding campaign for a national fitness chain, resulting in improved member retention rates and increased new signups.

• Developed the branding strategy for a new boutique fitness studio, which has since expanded to over 200 locations.

e-Commerce Creative Manager
Successories

November 2007 – July 2009

Oversaw the look and design of all internet marketing initiatives. Led the redesign of the e-commerce platform that increased sales year over year.

Graphic Designer
Ball Publishing

August 2005 – November 2007

Designed and laid out a monthly magazine, as well as a variety of award-winning educational textbooks and retail books. Created promotional, marketing, and other collateral materials for the company’s books and trade shows.

Lead Graphic/Web Designer
Axiom Advertising

May 2000 – August 2005

Led the design team in the creation of all printed materials for the agency’s largest clients. Oversaw all projects from initial concept to final production.

What Do People Say About Me?

Tony is extremely easy to work with. He was lightning fast in response to requests and always eager to take on a last minute task. He is, frankly, the best graphic artist I have worked with in my 42 years as a game creator. He is cooperative, inventive, and manages an art team extremely well – keeping them happy and productive. He does not fear bringing problems to his superior’s attention, but accompanies said problems with suggestions for solution.

Sandy Petersen

President at Petersen Games

Tony is one of the best employees I’ve ever managed. He is quick, (as well as quick-witted, which is appreciated) smart, and thorough. As the only web-designer and programmer on staff, he is able to juggle tasks easily and perform all duties for 4 different companies with ease. Tony is proactive, performs well with little supervision, and trustworthy. I would hire Tony again in a heartbeat!

 

Emilie Totten

Supervisor at CFM Consulting

Tony is an excellent designer. He can easily assimilate the details and direction of a job and design a solution that is aesthetically pleasing and functional in a short period of time. He is proficient in multiple software packages and demonstrates the ability to learn new packages and techniques with ease. Tony would be an asset to any company.

Lucas Nicholas

Coworker at Ball Publishing

I worked with Tony for over a year on various types of online marketing initiatives including ecommerce and email marketing, and his creative, user experience, and marketing skills are tremendous assets to Successories. Tony’s work on email campaigns resulted in significant increases in conversions and sales, and Tony also implemented many website improvements that enhanced the user experience and improved the brand presentation.

Tim Bay

Consultant at Successories

Brands I’ve Worked With

Arcane Wonders
Unexpected Games
Petersen Games
North Star Game Studio
Modiphius
Office Dog
Chessex
Play to Z
Ludi Creations
Aperion Games
Dranda Games
Spenga
Innovatus Design
Charter Fitness
Successories
Cardinal Fitness
Countless
Bob Rohrman
Ball Publishing
TShirt Laundry

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