Adgency skyline

JMX2 is 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 stuff, ani­ma­tions, games, and cod­ing exper­i­ments. We also just enjoyed work­ing together. 

Time march­es on. Datek was acquired by anoth­er com­pa­ny. Bozell closed as well. Our first chap­ter was over, but it was a good one.

We each hit the free­lance mar­ket, but both end­ed up at Ogilvy on long-term gigs. We weren’t paired up at the agency but still worked togeth­er on a few projects. Even­tu­al­ly, each of us drift­ed away from Ogilvy. Anoth­er chap­ter ends.

We indi­vid­u­al­ly were hop­ping around the NYC ad world, pick­ing up gigs where it hap­pened. We man­aged to work togeth­er on a few projects, but most jobs called for work as a cre­ative or as a coder. Most jobs made us choose to be one or the other. 

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.)

Luck­i­ly the peo­ple we had worked with in the past still want­ed to work with us now that we had hung our shin­gle as pro­duc­ers of dig­i­tal work. Hir­ing dig­i­tal devel­op­ers who have an inti­mate under­stand­ing of how the adver­tis­ing sausage gets made was a per­fect combination. 

We worked to make things right every time: the high­est qual­i­ty of work, always on time, and com­pet­i­tive­ly priced. 

The work kept com­ing in. 

13+ years later

Amaz­ing­ly, thir­teen years lat­er, we’re still doing the same gen­er­al thing. The tech­nol­o­gy behind the work has changed, but keep­ing up with tech is part of the job. 

Some bul­let points

We still focus on the inter­sec­tion of our inter­ests. What exact­ly are those interests?

  • ani­ma­tion
  • inter­ac­tiv­i­ty
  • web tech
  • sto­ry­telling and games

That means we make many cus­tom ani­mat­ed ban­ners, Insta­gram videos, respon­sive designs, and dynam­ic back-end sys­tems to pow­er our cre­ations. We come from the brand­ing and adver­tis­ing world, and that’s where most of the things we cre­ate still hap­pens. 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 — We know Craft CMS and write Craft Link List, the Craft CMS newsletter.
  • We’re Dou­bleClick cer­ti­fied — We’ll def­i­nite­ly get your ban­ners through QA.
  • Can­vas
  • Javascript
  • React
  • PHP / Laravel
  • Javascript
  • Node and NPM
  • Com­pos­er

I told you we had lots of bul­let points. If you want more, we can pro­duce them. We can make almost anything. 

There are exam­ples of our work on our home­page, but if you’re look­ing for some­thing spe­cif­ic, drop us a line. We’ve got a deep archive of work. 

Let’s do this

We’d love to hear what you want to build. Get in touch with us.