JMX2 is a boutique digital production company founded by Jon Magner and John Morton.
Two creatives. Two techies. Two friends. Here’s our story.
It began in an ad agency in NYC
We met each other in 2001 at Bozell in New York City. We worked primarily on Datek, an online trading company, and projects for Macy’s, Verizon, and Ben and Jerry’s. We had a great time building digital things: animations, ads, games, and coding experiments. We also enjoyed working together.
We hit the freelance market, and both ended up at Ogilvy on long-term gigs. We weren’t paired up as a team at the agency, but we still worked together on a few projects. Eventually, each of us drifted away from Ogilvy. Another chapter ended.
As independent consultants, we hopped around the NYC ad world, picking up gigs where they happened. The sticking point was each of us wanted to find work at the intersection of code and creative. Those gigs were hard to come by. Choosing to be “a coder” or “a creative” didn’t allow us to produce the type of work we wanted to do.
Let’s put on a show!
In 2008, Jon suggested we start a shop combining those interests into a single role. What a great idea! That’s where the real story began.
We chose a name.
We built a website.
We started working. (Not necessarily in that order.)
The people we worked with in the past still wanted to work with us now that we had hung out our shingle as developers who understand of how the advertising sausage gets made.
We worked hard to make things right every time. Our goal was the highest quality of work, always on time, and competitively priced.
It was a good combination. The work kept coming in.
15+ years later
Amazingly, we’re doing the same general thing fifteen years later. The technology behind the work has changed, but keeping up with tech is part of the job. It’s also what keeps it interesting.
Some bullet points
We still focus on the intersection of our interests. What exactly are those interests?
- animation and design
- interactivity and games
- front-end development and UX (user experience)
- back-end development and AX (authoring experience)
- storytelling through technology
In practical terms, that means we make hand-coded animated banners, Instagram videos, websites, apps, email templating systems, back-end systems to power our creations, and more.
We work primarily in the branding and advertising realm. That means we work with many of the world’s biggest brands. Throw a rock at the Fortune 500, and you’ll find many of our clients.
Even more bullet points
Are you looking for more bullet points? Well, we are here to satisfy. Here are some of the specific technologies we use day-to-day.
- Craft CMS — Our default CMS for content creation
- GSAP for animated banners and web animations
- Vue / Alpine
- PHP / Laravel
- Node / Deno
That’s not an exhaustive list. We’re always experimenting with new tech and love a new challenge.
There are examples of our work on our homepage, but if you’re looking for something specific, please ask us for examples. We’ve got a deep archive of work.
That’s enough about us. Hopefully you’re here because you have something you need to get done. Contact us to get started. We’d enjoy hearing from you. 😀