Keegan Jones

3 comments | Posted: 30 December 05 in Interviews, by Nathan Smith

Last week, I got an email from one of our readers, requesting that we do an interview with designer Keegan Jones of Neubix Studios, a highly acclaimed Boston agency. Awhile ago, we featured Atlantic Coast Church, which some of their handiwork. Duely impressed with his talent, I figured it would be a good idea to see if Keegan “The Analyst” Jones would agree to be analyzed…

Nathan:

Was graphic design something you grew into, or did you always have an artistic leaning? Which artists or designers have been most influential for you?

Keegan:

Graphic design has always been something I have been interested in because my dad is also a designer. From a young age I enjoyed making drawings with Kidpix, and using the bomb erase tool to destroy the drawings. In 1999, my family received an iMac DV for Christmas, which fueled my curiosity. Shortly after that, I started messing around with Adobe Photoshop and editing skateboarding videos.

Ryan Sims (my co-worker), has been the biggest influence on my design quest thus far. He taught me that the little details matter most and if a design doesn’t look right, to try harder until it does. My design skills where very raw when I first started working at Neubix, and Ryan has helped me mold and refine them. Designers I respect are Dan Cederholm, Nessim Higson and Scott Hansen.

Nathan:

Over at The Big Noob, you have been dubbed The Analyst. Care to englighten us as to the origins of your nickname? What career path led you to Neubix Studios?

Keegan:

Originally on The Big Noob, Ryan put my nickname as The Sledgehammer, which was completely meaningless. One day we found a website that automatically generated corporate job titles. After viewing a few, we decided to extract the word Analyst and add The to create my new nickname. Could I be described as an analyst? Maybe, because I’m pretty accurate at analyzing a design and noticing that extra pixel of padding with my bare eyes.

The career path that led me to Neubix was boredom. While flipping through an issue of HOW Magazine, I ran across an article listing The Most Worthy Design Firms. To get inspiration for an upcoming freelance project, I checked out a few of the listed websites. Neubix.com was one of them. The first time I visited their website, I was instantly drawn to their work. After clicking on a few links, I saw that they were from Springfield, Missouri (where I live), and that they were looking for a summer intern! This was very exciting. After a few emails and real life meetings, they accepted me as their summer intern at the age of sixteen.

Nathan:

You have some widely varied projects in your portfolio. How big of a jump is it from making websites to Apple widgets? Did your Shortstat Widget help inspire Junior Mint?

Keegan:

Creating a widget is not too big of a jump, more like a small leap. To tell the truth, creating a widget is very similar to making a website, except with more javascript. When OSX Tiger was released, widget instantly became my new favorite word. A fews days after tapping the think-of-a-cool-widget button on my brain, the idea came to me for a ShortStat widget. Last time I checked, the widget had been downloaded 5500+ times, which blows my mind. I’m not sure if the Junior Mint widget was inspired from the ShortStat widget, or if Shaun had planned for a Mint widget all along. Either way, I’m glad their is a widget for both programs to fuel my stat checkin’ addiction!

Nathan:

I’m curious how all the Jones sites are related (no pun intended). Is yours just one big artistic family?

Keegan:

You’re right, the Jones family is like one big ball of flowing artistic talent and creativity (which I luckily inherited some of). Brother Jones Artworks consists of my dad Don, and two uncles Dennis and Doug. The website is split into 3 sections (one for each brother), where they each keep a blog and poke fun at each other. If you dig around in the portfolio, you will find some good artwork and design too! Both of my uncles also have their own personal, portfolio websites at DJ-Art.com (which I also designed) and DougJonesArt.com.

Nathan:

Would you mind sharing your testimony and how you came to faith in Christ?

Keegan:

Growing up in a Christian family, I’ve have been a regular church-goer at a Baptist church since the beginning of my existence. At the young age of 5, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior while kneeling with my mom at my bedside. It changed my life. God has blessed me with so many opportunities, especially in the last two years, which I am grateful for.

Nathan:

I think that about wraps it up, do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Keegan:

I’m currently working on an project called Missionaries.in with my friend, Jeremy Boles. Our goal is to create a network of missionaries around the world who will share their experiences while on the missions field. We believe the website will provide a great outlet for churches and supporters to keep in contact with their loved ones on missions. Thanks for the interview, and keep up the work you do on Godbit!

Discuss This Topic

  1. 1 Yannick

    I must say Keegan, I’m very impressed with your work and what you and the Neubix team have been doing. Keep it up.

    I can’t wait to see what you and Jeremy have in store for Missionaries.in.

    Peace and God Bless.

     
  2. 2 Rob

    Keegan, thanks for your time bro. Like Yannick I am also a big admirer of your work, you’re quite an inspiration. Not that I’ve ever COPIED anything you’ve done. :)

     
  3. 3 Wesley Walser

    The new Missionaries.in site looks like it should be an interesting venture. I have a friend who has been in India for over a year, and has another 8 months or so left. He is an extremely sharp guy. Perhaps I could talk to him about writing a piece for such a site.

     

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