The back­sto­ry

I start­ed out in the late nineties with a copy of Netscape Com­pos­er and a young­sters curios­i­ty for the Inter­net. I would study the under­ly­ing code of web­sites, how they inter­act­ed with data­bas­es and what sort of serv­er stacks they ran on. It was sort of like mag­ic, I was instant­ly hooked.

The fol­low­ing years I stud­ied graph­ic design and pho­tog­ra­phy, while in my spare time I cre­at­ed web­sites for var­i­ous bands, small busi­ness­es and friends. Dur­ing the ear­ly 2000’s I stud­ied Mul­ti­me­dia Design and Inter­net Tech­nol­o­gy at a ter­tiary lev­el. Here I spent my days blur­ring the lines between 3D mod­el­ling in Light­wave, inter­ac­tive CD-ROM design in Direc­tor and post pro­duc­tion fuck­ery in 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 soon 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 profile picture from 2017 photo session in Norway.

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, as I found myself trav­el­ing reg­u­lar­ly to film 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. I caught a glimpse into the world of a mega cor­po­ra­tion and knew it wasn’t for me.

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 front-end devel­op­er. As time has passed my role with­in Arc­ticZymes expand­ed to incor­po­rate pho­tog­ra­phy, illus­tra­tion, cam­paign devel­op­ment, iden­ti­ty sys­tem devel­op­ment and much more. Their par­ent com­pa­ny, Biotec Phar­ma­con, has now employed me as the Cre­ative Lead.

The future

I am how­ev­er still very open to inter­est­ing projects and future col­lab­o­ra­tions. If you hap­pen to have some­thing in mind that you feel could ben­e­fit from my skills, please get in touch. I’m par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in help­ing out Open-source projects.