Interview With Mike Creuzer (AKA Audentio)

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Interview With Mike Creuzer (AKA Audentio)

Mike Creuzer has it going on! You know him better as Audentio, the owner of the company Audentio - creator of the insanely popular UI.X framework. At the tender age of 22 he's got a wife, a baby on the way, and a successful business. If you spend any time talking to him you'll see he has the confidence and maturity of a man in his 30's - at least. Thanks to Mike for taking the time to write up a very detailed and thoroughly awesome interview!

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Can you give us a brief biography?
My name is Mike Creuzer, I'm from Chicago, IL and currently live in Rockford, IL. I'm 22 years old. I am married and am expecting soon! I would say I am most known for MyBB and XenForo skins, as well as custom interface development. Been around the forum scene for about 10 years.

What is your educational background?
I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago for two years. Computer Science was my major. I left early in 2012 to open an office locally and settle down as they say.

That said, I was already quite fluent in front-end development languages, design standards, and had plenty of experience in the market thanks to my work on forums. Not to mention a portfolio larger than most design firms, so I felt comfortable in my decision to leave school. I am for the most part entirely self-taught in web development.

What is your full time occupation?
Web development for my company, Audentio Design, is my full-time occupation. We are one of the very few full-time web development companies in the forum market.

How did you get into designing? How long have you been at it?
Many many years ago, when I was just a bookworm in middle school, I joined a few forums for discussion on books. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Inheritance Trilogy, and the like were my favorites. After some time, a few of my forum friends got together and decided to start our own forum. I think we ran vBulletin and then moved to IP.Board back then for our main site, but for all the other forums I was a part of we mainly used IPB 1.3, which is the software and version used by the ever popular InvisionFree.

We wanted a design but were quoted at a few grand. The site was for Harry Potter, and the only one we thought was decent was one of John's, the then-owner of vbskinworks.com, but it was overused so we wanted to go custom. Didn't have the money, and we were competing with...
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smacklan

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I've known Mike for many years (thanks for the mention, Mike! :) ) and can say he is truly one of the "good guys" I've run across in this business. He has already changed the face of forum designs and will continue to be an innovative force for years to come, I'm certain. All the best on the arrival of your little girl...she'll have a great daddy! :)
 

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Thanks John. :) You and your company were a huge inspiration. And when I said I should've said awesome. Remember that one HP theme you had? I think it had a forest in the header? That was one of my favorites, hoped to make something half as decent as that.
 
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