Press Bio: Brandon Jones is the site editor at Webdesigntuts+, a top author at Themeforest.net and CodeCanyon, and the co-founder of a new project called “The Pixel Monster”, which is scheduled to launch this Spring 2011. Brandon also recently co-authored a book, How to Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes, for SitePoint this past summer.
From sunny Southern California, Brandon Jones has been designing, drawing, photographing, and coding the world around him for the past several years. Not content to pick one media and stick with it has left Brandon with a broad range of talents that have allowed him to work on projects ranging from grungy digital art kits to Fortune 500 software prototyping.
With a strong background in graphic design, digital illustration, and user interface design (as well as a smattering of front-end programming languages), Brandon has had the opportunity to work with a variety of award winning studios through his career. He has attended a number of colleges in Southern California, but counts himself as a largely self-taught & self-motivated designer with a desire to play a larger role in the design community. Brandon has recently begun working within the publishing side of the design industry, where he enjoys writing and editing for a handful of major publications (both online and in print).
What I’m Up to Now:
I’ve been focusing a lot lately on promoting my relatively new product business at ThemeForest (where you can pick up some awesome website templates with your couch-cushion money). I’ve also been doing a lot of writing, including a new book for Sitepoint (Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes) and at various blogs. This past fall I launched a new site with Envato called “WebdesignTuts” where I am the Site Editor. I also still take on the random freelance project when it’s a good fit.
Oh – and I just got married and honeymooned in August, so it’ll likely take me a few months to really get back into the swing of things! (wedding planning was rough!)
UI/UX is at the heart of what I enjoy doing – My current focus happens to be on designing and developing awesome WordPress themes, but for several years I’ve enjoyed designing smart user interfaces for everything from financial web-apps to iPhone games. I’ve also worked extensively with print design, identity development, branding guidelines, and social media marketing.
Aside from technical design skills, I’d like to think that I am about as close to a veteran as you can get when it comes to “remote freelancing”; I take a positive and proactive attitude towards communication when I’m working with a team – be it 5 miles or 5,000 miles away.
A Couple References:
“I was recently told by a billionaire, ‘Building a business is amazingly simple, easy and fun, as long as you are working with the right people.’ Brandon is the right people. He brings the enthusiasm and commitment of a true entrepreneur to each project. I can hear his smile over the phone. On the last major project with SAP, when the time got short and we had to push, he stayed up later than everyone else. He has a true passion for learning, the right attitude, focus and “mad” people skills. I know some day, we may all be asking him for a job.”
- Shane Pearlman of Shane & Peter.
“Brandon has taught me how refreshing it can be to work with someone who is truely motivated, and highly skilled. He is one of those rare people who has a very sharp eye for design, but a strong capacity for code integration. He is invested in our best interests and knows how to work efficiently, tirelessly, and free from ego. Working with Brandon is a pleasure. I look forward to working wih him for years to come.”
- Peter Chester of Shane & Peter.
I’m passionate about bringing the highest level of quality and creativity to every project that I work on. I’m always interested in taking on interesting projects with people that are enthusiastic about elevating their brands and developing new ideas for the future.
I’m a sucker for good coffee, good beer, good information and good people – and anything that brings me a little more of any of those makes me a happy dude.
My goals for the next handful of years are to continue to grow my skills by meeting and working with anyone that’s open to teaming up. I’m a huge advocate of the power of teams, and I get excited about each new opportunity I get to work with new people, so feel free to drop me a line anytime!