We're driven to create beautiful, smart and useful online products. We believe that every online experience should be a wonderful journey that brings both pleasure and real, tangible benefits – without compromise.
The Internet is the epitome of progression and we believe that by firmly embracing this fact, we can play a stronger role in changing the digital world around us. Also, by constantly enhancing, improving, refining and evolving the we way work, we can pass on those benefits to our clients and their projects alike.
Above all else, we believe in honesty and integrity and consider it an important foundation in everything we do. Establishing good relationships is key to any successful project and that can only be achieved by creating a sense of trust through openness. Good or bad, we’re honest about everything we say and do.
The content of a site or application is incredibly important as it not only influences functionality and design but also user emotion, understanding and interaction. All of our designs, features and strategies are driven by this underlying concept and we strongly believe in emphasising content in all its forms.
Hailing from the icy fjords of Norway, Espen honed his skills with several digital and design agencies in Edinburgh before co-founding Primate in 2011. A print designer originally, he now draws upon his editorial design roots to specialise in interactive, responsive, user-centered design.
With a strong clarity of vision and unyielding design integrity, Espen is responsible for the creative direction at Primate.
Growing up in an idyllic monkey sanctuary did nothing to quench the thirst this orangutan felt to spread his joy for all things design. With unabashed confidence and armed with nothing but a crayon and a sharpie, Espen recently ventured forth into the urban jungle with the aim to help change the world for the better.
Passionate, thoughtful and frequently uncouth, this orangutan is determined to set alight the fires of creativity that lurks within all primates.
Steve has always had a passion for design but it wasn’t until 2009 that he went back to college to study Visual Communication. After graduating, he went on to win the Marketing Society Scotland Creative Star Student Award 2012, as well as being nominated for one of D&AD’s prestigious Yellow Pencil awards in the same year.
Espen’s trusted right hand man, Steve undertakes all aspects of digital and print design work at Primate.
Cold and emotionless, this scarred and weary gibbon sees poor design not as an opportunity for improvement but as a disease that must be eradicated whatever the costs. Rumoured to have been sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic wildlife park, Steve has vowed to spread the glories of user-centered design to every corner of the Earth.
“He’s more designer than monkey now. He’s twisted and evil.” - Espen Kenobi
With a Master's degree in Philosophy from the prestigious Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Bart was well suited to turning his analytical mind to solving the needs of the online industry. Co-founding Primate in 2011, his innate desire for structure and quality is only equalled by his love for elegant code.
When not contemplating the philosophical quandaries of programming, Bart leads our development team and sets the company’s technical direction.
After beating his captor to death with a makeshift wooden club, Bart masterminded a successful prison breakout, leading his fellow chimpanzees to their long awaited freedom. Due to years of devising complex traps and deadly ambushes, Bart is infamous for his ingenuity and cunning, qualities matched only by his taciturn demeanor.
A master of intricate tools and makeshift explosives, this chimpanzee is considered by many to be not only highly intelligent but also incredibly dangerous.
Primate's first full-time employee, Chris has over nine years experience in the web industry working as a developer for agencies in Edinburgh. During this time, he gained a huge amount of experience with open source technologies and developing CMS solutions for large blue chip companies before deciding to specialise in front-end development.
With an eye for precision and a latent talent for design, Chris is the lead front-end developer on projects at Primate.
The adored pet of an eccentric cowboy millionaire, this tamarin is driven to success by hugs, tummy rubs and exciting digital projects. Pampered and fawned over during the day, Chris uses the cover of darkness to sneak into his owner’s study and beaver away at building intricate web sites at night, his activities utterly unbeknownst to his owners.
Diligent and pensive, this tamarin carefully balances a secret double life of web superhero and cuddly pillow.
Jeff joined Primate in 2015 after transitioning from working in the biomedical and healthcare device industry for 11 years. With a background in programming and a passion for data visualisation, he works closely with Bart as a backend developer, specialising in Ruby on Rails and server administration.
A data geek, Jeff undertakes the development of Primate’s most complex web applications and backend systems.
Known only as "Mad Jeff", Jeff Rockatansky can be found wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Stoic, loyal, and highly skilled, this mandrill drifts between pockets of civilization looking for peace and solitude. Most recently, he was involved in a lengthy road battle when he was chased across the desert in an armoured tanker truck.
When not fleeing cult leaders or battling the corrupt ruler of Bartertown, Mad Jeff focuses on regaining his lost humanity.
Originally from Greece, Alkistis joined Primate after completing her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh. With a keen interest in usability and human-computer interaction, she specialises in front end development, working closely with Espen and Steve to craft intuitive user experiences online.
Rounding out the development team, Alkistis is responsible for building the front end of websites and championing the user experience.
The prize performer of the Moscow Monkey Ballet, this De Brazza's monkey has been training in the art of dance since before she could peel a banana. Graceful, poised, and able to execute a fouetté rond de jambe en tournant in her sleep, Alkistis’ skill is only matched by her raw determination and unwavering work ethic.
It’s been rumoured that Alkistis can pirouette so quickly that she’s actually able to turn back time.
Working remotely in Krakow, Piotr has been with Primate since 2012 when he first came on board as a part-time contractor. Now a full member of the team, he leverages his wealth of experience working for online startups to specialise in backend Ruby on Rails programming and test-driven development.
When not working, Piotr can be found thinking about programming, reading about programming, and talking about programming.
Only mentioned in whispers around the campfire, this siamang is often referred to by his nickname of "The Monkey Who Walks", a reference to his highly mysterious and enigmatic nature. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father's murderer to extinguish evil, Piotr roams the forests of Sumatra on a daily basis, fighting crime and protecting the innocent.
Intelligent, honourable and formidable, this siamang is a true champion of the Primate spirit and skintight costumes.
With a background in development and over 11 years clocked up in the web industry, Gordon worked in various key development and management roles before co-founding Primate. With a vast amount of experience in digital project life cycles and a staggering love of content, he helps guide projects from conception to launch and beyond.
Guiding the strategic vision of Primate, Gordon works closely with our clients to help them realise their businesses online.
Mild mannered, strong of will, and occasionally slumbersome, this gorilla feels a deep love and responsibility for his fellow apes. Loyal and resolute, with a strong sense of commitment, Gordon has vowed to guide his primate companions on their journey to world domination - stopping for appropriate naps along the way.
When not marking his territory or pounding his chest triumphantly, this gorilla can be found snoozing contently in the trees.
Since entering the web industry in 2010, Rebecca has utilised her driven nature and degree in Journalism to good effect, rising fast through multiple client facing roles. Most recently, she’s achieved great success heading up Client Services and dramatically growing new business sales.
Fronting Primate, Rebecca is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships and winning new business.
Sadistic, cruel and vicious, this Queen of the Lemurs has no mercy and gives no quarter. Absolute ruler of the island of Madagascar, Rebecca commands an army of loyal primates with an iron grip, extinguishing the mere notion of disobedience through deft negotiation, force of will and, when necessary, savage biting.
Insatiable and relentless, this ring-tailed lemur considers world dominance not an as aspiration but a simple fact waiting to happen.