Meet Owen, Adam and Gemma, and read a bit about our story.
The story so far
In July 2010 Owen Jones left full time employment and turned his hand to a solo career.
Initially taking on in-house freelance roles he soon craved more autonomy, and his focus quickly turned to building a bank of private clients, designing brand identities, books and campaigns for local businesses.
Within a few years Owen Jones Design had gained traction. Taking on interns, guest lecturing at the University and speaking at local events – the business continued to grow, with more clients coming on board from around the country and internationally.
The growth resulted in a move from a bespoke home office into the stunning Mount Wise House, and shortly afterwards, tentative work began to rename and rebrand.
A flurry of projects made it necessary to bring in more hands and previous intern, Adam, was shipped back in to aid capacity temporarily. The short term arrangement was quickly made permanent as the workload showed little in the way of slowing down, and the team became two.
Two years’ worth of behind the scenes work finally came to fruition at the end of 2018 as the name Owen Jones Design was confined to the history books and Upshot became reality. We upped sticks (well, up two flights of stairs in the same building) into a larger studio space and the rest is history.
Owen’s creative endeavours began young – rarely seen without a pencil, felt tip or paint brush.
A desire to design football kits was the unusual stimulus that inspired an interest in graphic design. During his time at university in Somerset he was captivated by the challenge and importance of great design ideas, and his passion for design blossomed.
A steep learning curve followed, and he has dedicated himself to continuously improving his ability to interpret a brief with wit and originality rather than through software tricks and special effects.
Away from design, Owen has a wife and two kids, and an unfortunate obsession with Plymouth Argyle FC. Music plays a major role in his life, as does his Christian faith and involvement in his church.
Having graduated from Plymouth University in 2016 with a degree in Graphic Communication with Typography, Adam is already an important part of the Upshot team.
A fastidious designer with a logical approach and a keen appreciation of good type, Adam’s enthusiasm for grid systems and typographic balance come to the fore within reports and editorial layouts. Since joining Upshot, he has added preparing artwork for print and animation to his repertoire of skills.
Owner of a custom built screen-accurate suit of Stormtrooper armour, his love of Star Wars could be described as a defining characteristic, but he’s no one-trick pony. Cats, chilli, motorbikes, and all things Canadian are vying for top spot in his interests list, and Alexisonfire (or frontman Dallas Green’s side project) would make up probably 90% of his ultimate playlist.
Gemma comes to Upshot with a background mainly in Sales and Education, predominantly delivering Apprenticeships to businesses across the South West.
This allowed her to work within many different types of industry and she has been fortunate to see how different businesses work, making her an ideal fit for managing the administration of our studio.
After studying Art and Design at college, she has always had a natural interest in design and is excited to be working for the business on a part time basis, supporting us with studio management and administration. Gemma is also looking to study psychology in her free time and nurture her keen interest in supporting and raising awareness of Mental Health.
Away from work Gemma likes to spend her time keeping fit and is learning to play guitar. She has two children and a miniature Cockapoo called Beau, who keep her busy exploring the countryside where she likes to find the best dog walks with a good coffee shop en route!