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 Oslo, Norway, Espen moved to the UK in 2003 to earn a Ba Hons in Graphic Design before honing his skills with several digital and design agencies throughout Edinburgh. 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 at HND level. After graduating from Edinburgh College 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. Now a champion of progressive web technology, his innate desire for structure and quality is only equalled by his passion 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 seven years experience in the web industry working as a developer for both small and large agencies in Edinburgh. During this time, he gained a huge amount of experience with open source technologies and developing CMS solutions for companies such as BT and TalkTalk 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.
Hard working and undeniably fashionable, this rhesus monkey’s sense of style is matched only by his vast intellect.
A recent graduate with a first-class honours in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, Bartek has been working with Primate since 2012 when he joined us as a part-time student. Now undertaking a master’s degree in high performance computing, he works with Primate several days a week as a backend developer.
When not studying hard, Bartek works with Bart, Chris and Tymon to help develop, maintain and test our web projects.
Once considered cute, cuddly and docile, this spider monkey had to be moved to a high security petting zoo after viciously attacking and ripping the face of his owner. Bartek claims he was provoked. Now closely guarded under lock and key, this programming prodigy is carefully unleashed on only the most complex of projects.
Gifted yet unpredictable, this spider monkey is able to produce effective code even whilst under heavy sedation.
Backed by a First Class Honours in Computing, Gordon has worked in the web industry since 2005 in various key development and management roles. With a vast amount of experience in digital project life cycles and a staggering love of content, he utilises his development background to 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.
The newest addition to the Primate team, Sarah is a former student of Robert Gordon University. Graduating with a 2:1 in Media, she is a self-confessed film geek and old Hollywood fanatic. In her role as an Account Manager, Sarah liaises with the entire Primate team and collaborates with clients to help manage their projects and day-to-day requests.
Alongside Gordon, Sarah is responsible for helping to manage projects and communicate with clients.
Smart as a whip and known to bite when backed into a corner, this tiny owl monkey runs wild in her native jungles of Peru. Adorned with war paint and clutching an ancient talking stick, Sarah has been known to unite her fellow simians into large-scale revolts to end tyranny and support good causes. Naysayers are bashed over the head.
Spirited and eager, this owl monkey is best at home when conversing, baking and organising hostile government takeovers.