zen.

Who we are

We're a team of creative thinkers and doers, solving problems and making big ideas happen.

We want to make life a little better, and more interesting, and we use our creative skills to achieve this.

We build inspiring brands, launch behaviour-changing campaigns and design action-driving digital experiences. And with more than a decade of experience, we’re not just bragging. We’re good.

Our story

While our story started in 2006, the most significant chapter has only just begun.

The name zenelements originated when Alex launched the company, almost fourteen years ago now. Yikes — we're a teenage company! While meticulously selecting 'zen', to inspire calmness and clarity for every project, 'elements' connected by chance during a walk to a book store one day. Alex stumbled across a sticker that read ELEMENT on the telescope of the statue of Adam Duncan in Dundee. With elements in code, the classical elements (earth, water, air and fire) and often referring to elements in a project - everything fell into place. And zenelements was born.

Fourteenth years on though and a lot has changed — coding languages, big data, wearable technology. And our team (including the four-legged kind) has grown too!

We realised we needed to find a new way to live and breath our brand. It was time for a brave new name. And we didn't have to look far for it. Our clients already know us. They have been calling us this for you years, when we chat on the phone, ping each other a message or meet for a coffee. We are zen.

Our values

To make life a little f-ing better. It’s all about the F-word.

We strive to use our creative skills to bring positive change in the world, and this is what drives us...

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Friendly

First is being nice! To clients, customers, colleagues, strangers, robots... Everyone.

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Fun

Not taking everything too seriously and enjoying the ride! It encourages our creativity.

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Fearless

Popping strategy in the back-pocket and using guts to face new challenges and take calculated risks.

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Focussed

Applying our skills to bring positive change to the world - today and tomorrow.

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Forward-thinking

Loving solving problems with our no-nonsense thinking.

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Fabled

Launching work that we are proud of and is worthy of recognition. Awards, or not!

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Introducing our team

An agile bunch of incredibly skilled and highly driven individuals.

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Creative Director Alex Mitchell

Creator of zen. On a mission to help people and companies build their brand, connect with their customers and make a positive impact in the world. Is a qualified mountain leader and enjoys climbing, hiking, mountain biking and snapping pictures of my dog on Instagram.

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Lead Developer Adam Richardson

Welcomes complex challenges, loves tinkering and building quick prototypes while having the stamina for extensive projects too.​ Is always eager to explore new technologies and tools to create the most remarkable experiences. Golfing keeps him sane!

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Copywriter & Designer Steve Burrows

A man gifted with words. As well as the team's copywriter, he's sometimes allowed to conjure up exceptional ideas for print and digital. Enjoys doodling, walking his dog, climbing (Alex's influence...) and running.

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Back-end Developer Roland Hesz

Working alongside the team since as early as 2008 and bringing technical skills to projects that require more complicated back-end development. Music is the source of relaxation, and often heard plucking the guitar strings!

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Office pup Jura

Lives to provide the team and all visitors with a warm welcome every day without fail. Enjoys long walks, chasing balls, finding lost socks and sleeping in yoga-like positions.