Almond is a studio of two based in Auckland, doing insanely big things. Alex, our technical director, and Monica, our creative director, have both worked internationally from London to Berlin on clients like Apple, Universal, Moby, Jo Malone and the BBC.
Now they’ve joined forces to make special things for awesome clients. They’re good at what they do and are also radically honest. That means they’re open, ready to be vulnerable and don’t hold with bullshit. And they’re nice. Really nice, which is good, being hard to work with serves no one.
Their goal? To exceed expectations – yours and theirs. Those are some high standards to live up to, which is why Harvey, their pug, and highly valued team member, keeps them humble with a weekly grumble – that’s many, many pugs zooming around in circles and making their humans laugh.
Alex has been building digital things for thirteen years. He’s techy enough to have built digital products for clients like Apple, Universal and Fairfax media, but he can talk to humans, too. The really clever part? Alex knows how technology should work with design to solve business problems.
He gets his hands dirty, working on the tools to leap frog problems, find genius workarounds and make good things happen. Oh, and Alex? He’ll tell you when you’re wrong. Very, very kindly. Because, ultimately, he wants to create something useful for your business – something that’ll change the way people think, or buy, or behave. Any number of incredible things can happen when technology really works.
To Monica, good design is about sparking beautiful experiences that connect businesses to audiences. She sweats the small stuff. She crafts. But underneath the beautiful layouts, is a strategic powerhouse – Monica is a behavioural psychologist, researcher and business analyst rolled into one. It’s not surprising, really, that her international experience has seen her working with brands like BBC, Jo Malone, Harrods.
Day-to-day, she’s the one setting project goals and cracking whips, and even takes care of some of the website development.
But the best bit? When it comes down to it, Monica’s in it for her clients – they know she has their backs and trust that her work will help them keep ahead in the rapidly changing digital world.
Founder - The Curator
"I have worked with Almond over the last 12 months to develop a complex project management web application. Alex and Monica's technical and creative skills (as well as a multitude of additional skills) are absolutely world class and have been invaluable to the success of my business. I have received incredible feedback and am regularly asked who built and designed the application."
Founder - Little Outfitters
"Working with the team from Almond has been smooth sailing, and what we've achieved in 10 months is incredible. It has also been like working with friends; extremely talented and organised friends that is. I'm so happy with the product and have had hugely positive feedback so far. I really look to Alex and Monica as leaders in their field and I'm excited to move my business forward with their expertise, wealth of knowledge and creativity."
Owner & Director - Frank Agency
"Alex and Monica did an incredible job of building our digital platform. Alex’s off the scale technical expertise and Monica’s stylish aesthetic compliment each other beautifully and throughout the whole build process they were professional, fast and excellent communicators. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services."
"We worked with Alex and Monica on our first web project, and they were great. They helped us to understand issues and aspects of site development that we didn’t even know we needed to know. They streamlined the process and helped us problem solve and in a very careful way."
Partner - HGM Legal
"Alex and Monica are a pleasure to work with and we like that we get to deal directly with them. They provide a service on par with that offered by some of the larger design and development studios, at cost effective prices."