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

Christopher Nicholas Rault

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

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Work Experience

Jun 2019 - Present

Freelancer @ SmokeyFro

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

Front-end Developer @ WineFolly

I was initially contracted to rebuild the popular wine blog and information site, 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

Creative Director @ Web Monkeys

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

Partner @ Nomad Studios

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

Partner @ NuVue Trading

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

Technical Sales Consultant @ RPC Data

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

Training Camp Manager @ Phinda Game Reserve

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.


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

I craft themes that are purpose-driven, minimal in design, easy to customise and highly optimised for mobile and performance.

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.

My Side Projects


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

Made with Sketch

A curated collection of resources optimised for download.


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


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


Brandon McDonald


Madeline Puckette

CEO, Folly Inc

Thierry Muller

Engineer, Google

John Coonen

CEO, Coffee Group


Advanced Web Design

University of Cape Town

Jan 2001 - June 2002

National Senior Certificate

Die Bult Highschool

Jan 1995 - Dec 1999

Contact Info

  • Website
  • Emailmoc.orfyekoms@sirhc
  • Phone+27767773705
  • Skypechris.rault.tbr
  • Telegram+27767773705
  • On the web@smokeyfro
  • TimezoneUCT+2
  • Linkedinchris.rault