Meet Owen, Adam and Hannah, 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.
Passionate and multifaceted, Hannah is über-qualified, with a distinction in her Entrepreneurship MSc as well as a degree in Event Management.
Helping us with studio management and administration on a part time basis, she also has fingers in many other pies. Hannah continues to run her own business as a freelance digital content creator, enabling small businesses to create effective and inspiring social media content plans, while concurrently launching a range of Christian fashion apparel under her new brand, Solomon Clothing.
Away from work, Hannah is well known for her love of tea. Previously a key part of the team at Plymouth Tea who developed and launched Devon’s first tea plantation, she still blogs and writes about her favourite drinks and is partial to a good pot of tea and some homemade cake in the afternoon. She serves as a digital missioner in her church, helping them with their digital presence, as well as leading worship and hosting a home group for young adults.