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I was once a little boy who obsessed with storytelling and drawing comics to entertain people...

Now, I'm a designer working at the intersection of art, design, and technology with a little obsession to make a dent in the universe.


Back in the days

If I try to remember the time when I started my career as a designer, It's hard for me to draw the line between a hobby and making money. I was studying computer science by day and learning all the design stuff by night.

I can still feel the moments where I spent nights to search for tutorials, practice using Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and you name it. I started making some side projects that never saw the light of day: comic strips, websites with tables and a marquee tag, digital imaging, flash games – Until I realized that I needed something doable and straightforward, which was designing t-shirts. I started selling off the t-shirt by making a pre-order on a website. It wasn't about the money. I was naive. I just wanted to produce something, put it online and get some appreciation.

Long story short, in 2009, my curiosity to find out how I could combine what I love and what I have learned from my major drove me to learn more about web design. I took an intensive course for six months as a supplement to what I learned from college.

These past years

I haven't mentioned this yet that I, once again, made a living from my hobby but this time as a hip-hop dancer. Together with friends from college, we formed a crew, and we escalated very quickly by winning some local competitions. Hence becoming a freelancer after I graduated was the only option for me to juggling between designing and dancing.

As a freelancer, I found that it wasn't easy for me selling out only the visual mockups. At that time, I just had a simple strategy to secure the deals by providing a comprehensive service, including front-end development, CMS configurations, and server setup. That went on for about two years until I had a motorcycle accident that made me stay at home and sit in a wheelchair for almost three months. In my recovery days, aside from contemplating my life and career, I did some research on what kind of things I can work fully at home. Until one day, I stumbled upon 99designs, Themeforest, and Dribbble – And that was the beginning when I started working with remote clients and building my online presence.

I won several contests, got a platinum membership on 99designs, made some passive income from Themeforest and started to upload my design on Dribbble. The only thing I did was trying to creating some opportunities. I also slowly shifted from doing everything to specialize in design. In 2013, one of the contests that I won brought me into the startup scene in Singapore. I worked closely with the team in preparing their minimum viable product. It's a startup with a mission of building a marketplace for services. I worked with them until they pivoted their business at the end of 2013.

Fast-forward to 2015, I finished my dance career (our last performance), I, then started to focus more on my career as a designer. I started a platform for product designer in Indonesia to learn and thrive, along with my friend, Dwinawan. I led the first product design team at Bukalapak. I helped Skillshare to design a new feature – And also worked with these awesome clients: Double Dot Media, Etobee, Decotick, Stickearn, Yors, Kode, and Dana Nikah.

Since mid-2017, I have been dedicating most of the time working with Hanno, a fully-remote digital product team that helps health and wellness companies deliver customer-centered digital experiences.

Talk & Mentorship

I have been invited to share my experience and mentor around design & technology on several occasions.

  • GO-JEK X Dribbble Meetup 2018
  • Kompas Gramedia Internal Team 2018
  • IDX Incubator Program 2018
  • Tanijoy Internal Product Team 2018
  • MaxFest Balikpapan 2018
  • Youth Digital Conference Mojokerto 2018
If you'd like to invite me, you can email me at: the details.


  • Experience design & strategy
  • User interface design
  • Low / High Fidelity Prototyping (Framer, Principle)
  • Design system
  • Front-end Development, API and systems integration


Outside of daily grind, You can find me traveling with my wife, enjoying coffee at a local coffee shop (mostly, a cup of flat white) and eating any kind. Sometimes I love pretending to sneeze or slipped, to entertain my kid.

Design Updates

I occasionally post my work & user interface experiments on Dribbble.

Random Thoughts

I write articles around design, personal growth and some random thoughts on Medium.


Once in a while, I answer questions in Quora and Insight (a product design community for Indonesian).

Personal Stuff

Sometimes I post random pictures around my own life on Instagram. Food, coffee, travel, and my baby boy.

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Thomas is always full of creative ideas to improve our designs. I have no issue in recommending him to others.

Simon Slade
CEO at DoubleDot Media Limited

I'm currently accepting new design project. If you are interested in working with me,

Let's chat!