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Rhys Jones circa 2018

is Rhys Jones.

Working in both dig­i­tal and print media, with a strong focus­ on front-end development and graph­ic design. Oth­er skills include pho­tog­ra­phy, illus­tra­tion and post pro­duc­tion.

Résumé
2018–current

Web ManagerScandit (CH)

2016–2018

Creative LeadBiotec Pharmacon (NO)

2012–2016

Web developer & graphic designerArc­ticZymes (NO)

2008–2012

Web developer & Visual CommunicationsHP Software (US)

2005–2008

Web developer & graphic designerTower Software (AU)

The
Backstory

Start­ing out in the late nineties with a young­sters curios­i­ty for the Inter­net and a copy of Netscape Com­pos­er, I whittled away my summer holidays studying the under­ly­ing code of web­sites. How they inter­act­ed with CGI scripts, why Internet Explorer did what it did and what sort of serv­er stacks they ran on.

During the fol­low­ing years I stud­ied graph­ic design and pho­tog­ra­phy, while in my spare time I cre­at­ed web­sites for var­i­ous bands, small busi­ness­es and friends. The ear­ly 00’s saw me stud­y Mul­ti­me­dia Design and Inter­net Tech­nol­o­gy at ter­tiary lev­el. I spent my days blur­ring the lines between 3D mod­el­ling in Light­wave, inter­ac­tive CD-ROM design in Macromedia Direc­tor and post pro­duc­tion fuck­ery in Adobe After Effects. My mind was rac­ing with new ideas about how I could bring this all togeth­er in an online space.

Short­ly after com­plet­ing my stud­ies I moved to Aus­tralia and found employ­ment at Tow­er Soft­ware work­ing as their in-house graph­ic design­er and web mas­ter. My skill set was soon tapped by their devel­op­ment team and I found myself split between mar­ket­ing and soft­ware devel­op­ment. It was a col­lab­o­ra­tive 3 year expe­ri­ence that was equal parts nerve-rack­ing and enlightening.

Rhys Jones - image circa 2018
Vitals
Location

New Zealand

Skills

Front-End Design & Development, Graphic Design, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Illustration

God tur!

Shift­ing hemi­spheres to Umeå, Swe­den, I gained employ­ment with HP Soft­ware, remote­ly man­ag­ing their Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Dig­i­tal Hub and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ty. My lim­it­ed train­ing in film and post pro­duc­tion proved use­ful however, as I found myself trav­el­ing reg­u­lar­ly to record con­fer­ences, var­i­ous user ses­sions and pro­mo pieces across the globe. Over the course of my 4 years at HP Soft­ware, I grew immense­ly in both skills and matu­ri­ty.

Mov­ing clos­er to the north pole land­ed me in Trom­sø, Nor­way. I left my job at HP Soft­ware to join Arc­ticZymes as their in-house graph­ic design­er and web devel­op­er. As time passed my role with­in Arc­ticZymes expand­ed to incor­po­rate pho­tog­ra­phy, illus­tra­tion, cam­paign devel­op­ment, iden­ti­ty sys­tem devel­op­ment and much more. Their par­ent com­pa­ny, Biotec Phar­ma­con, then employed me as their Cre­ative Lead to manage all of their subsidiaries print and digital projects. This was another period of huge growth for me professionally and personally. The things I learned, experienced and saw are priceless, not to mention all the beautiful people I made friends with, who are all very dear to me.

Rhys Jones - under the northern lights

And Back Again

Short­ly before leaving Norway I was approached by Scandit to redesign, develop and manage their public facing website. Ready for a new challenge I jumped onboard and buckled up for the “start-up life”. After an amazing onboarding in Zürich, Switzerland, I transitioned into full time remote working once again, as I had previously been at HP Software.

Moving my family back to New Zealand while developing Scandit's new website was a massive undertaking that occupied most of 2019, but both were settled and launched respectively by years end. Throughout the course of 2020 I've been building upon the solid foundation laid during 2019, which has allowed us to expand the website with new features and languages.

With all of this said, I am still open for new challenges. If you would like to have a chat to me about a potential project, collaboration or just want to pick my brain, then please get in touch.