The online, always-up-to-date resume of

Christopher Nicholas Rault

A front-end developer, designer & entrepreneur from South Africa

Experience

Jun 2019 - Present

SmokeyFro

Freelancer
Back to freelancing while I work on a number of side-projects, which include Mzango (a backpackers guide to South Africa) and our family farm.
Dec 2018 - Jun 2019

WineFolly

Front-end Developer
I was initially hired to rebuild the original WineFolly.com, but stayed for a year and a half to work directly with WineFolly's founder, award winning book author Madeline Puckette. In that time I helped get her book content online, created a suite of Gutenberg plugins, setup the initial WineFolly API, a bunch of integrations and more.
Apr 2007 – Dec 2018

Web Monkeys

Creative Director
My role at Web Monkeys varied based on the need at the time. Apart from co-running the business, my responsibilities included desiging our web properties, themes, plugin interfaces and marketing material. I also took the lead on our product support, writing technical documentation and all marketing related content.
Aug 2005 – Apr 2007

Nomad Studios

Partner
We started Nomad Studios shortly after leaving the UK, providing web design services to companies in the real-estate sector across the US, Europe and South America. We worked on everything from small agency sites, to fully-featured property portals and everything inbetween.
Jul 2003 – Jul 2005

NuVue Trading

Partner
Myself and a former colleague setup NuVue Trading while living in the UK, drop-shipping wholesale label clothing to retailers selling on eBay. After getting frequent requests for web design work, we branched out and created Nomad Studios, which later became our primary focus.
Feb 2001 – Jun 2003

RPC Data

Technical Sales Consultant
Working at RPC was my first taste of startup life. I was recruited for a rigorous six month bootcamp, then three months of Oracle training in Zimbabwe and later advanced web design at UCT. My responsibilities included building technical demos, prototypes, assisting the sales team on client meetings and giving technical presentations at relevant tech shows.
Jan 2000 – Jan 2001

Phinda Game Reserve

Training Camp Manager
Fresh out of school and in search of an adventure, I landed a position as the Training Camp Manager at a prestige game reserve in KZN, South Africa. When not tracking Lion cubs, my responsibilities included camp security, maintenance, procurement, assisting with training exercises and generally ensuring the trainees were well looked after.

Education

Jan 2001 - June 2002

Advanced Web Design

Cape Town · University of Cape Town

Jan 1995 - Dec 1999

National Senior Certificate

George · Die Bult Highschool

Jan 1995 - Dec 1999

50+ Sef-Paced Courses

Online · View the courses

Ongoing

150+ Technical Books

Offline · View the list

References

John Coonen

CEO , Coffee Group

Brandon McDonald

CEO , RPC Data

Madeline Puckette

CEO , Folly Inc

Thierry Muller

Engineer , Google

Andrew Neale

Designer , Webflow

Projects

WIP

Mzango

Backpackers guide to South Africa where the traveller is not the product.

Live

SmokeyFro

Home of my portfolio, case-studies, tutorials, videos and themes.

Live

Made with Sketch

A curated collection of Sketch.app resources optimised for download.

Retired

HeadwayRocket

Plugins and templates for Headway, the original visual site builder for WordPress.

Retired

ThemeButler

WordPress theme club for developers centered around our in-house theme framework, Beans.