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

Christopher Nicholas Rault

A front-end designer working remotely from Hoekwil, South Africa

https://smokeyfro.com · @smokeyfro · moc.orfyekoms@sirhc

Experience

Jun 2019 - Present

SmokeyFro

Freelancer

I spent the past six months freelancing while I work on a number of side-projects, which include Mzango (a backpackers guide to South Africa) and setting up a tented camp on our family farm. Currently taking on new projects.

Dec 2018 - Jun 2019

WineFolly

Front-end Developer

I was initially contracted to rebuild the popular wine blog and information site WineFolly.com, but stayed on for a year and a half to work directly with WineFolly's founder, award winning book author Madeline Puckette.

Apr 2007 – Dec 2018

Web Monkeys

Creative Director

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 and writing technical documentation.

Aug 2005 – Apr 2007

Nomad Studios

Partner

We started Nomad Studios to provide web design services to companies in the real-estate sector. In the two years it was operational, we worked on small agency sites, to fully-featured property portals and everything in-between.

Jul 2003 – Jul 2005

NuVue Trading

Partner

A former collegue and I setup an e-commerce site that provided wholesale label clothing to other retailers selling on eBay. While initially profitable, we ended up shutting it down as it was too hard to manage while travelling.

Feb 2001 – Jun 2003

RPC Data

Technical Sales Consultant

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 and more.

Jan 2000 – Jan 2001

Phinda Game Reserve

Training Camp Manager

Fresh out of school and in search of an adventure, I landed a job at a prestige game reserve in KZN, South Africa. My responsibilities included camp security, maintenance, procurement and assisting with training exercises.

Skills

Web / UI Design

As I designer I get excited about clean, minimalistic design that is functional and centered around the person using it.

Front-end Development

As a developer I'm obsessed with performance and building interfaces that are a pleasure to use. Tabs over spaces.

Theme Development

As a theme developer I love the freedom of being able to conceptualize a concept and take it from design to finished product.

Product Management

As a product manager I thrive on building and iterating on products, coming up with growth hacks and getting the product to market.

Projects

Mzango

WIP

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

https://mzango.com

Made with Sketch

Live

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

https://madewithsketch.com

HeadwayRocket

Retired

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

https://headwayrocket.com

ThemeButler

Retired

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

https://themebutler.com

Education

Advanced Web Design

University of Cape Town

Jan 2001 - June 2002

National Senior Certificate

Die Bult Highschool

Jan 1995 - Dec 1999

References

John Coonen

CEO, Coffee Group

Brandon McDonald

CEO, RPC Data

Madeline Puckette

CEO, Folly Inc

Thierry Muller

Engineer, Google