Who we are

Somar Design Studios is a Wellington-based digital agency founded in 2008. 

We are user experience specialists who see the bigger picture

We’ve continually upped our game and expanded our horizons, adding significant brand communication and strategy chops.

Our work is often public-facing for wide audiences

Clients like Greater Wellington's Metlink Public Transport Services, Māori Language Commission, and Cancer Society NZ show where our heart’s at. We love projects that make people’s lives a little brighter.

We believe people will drive the future of digital experiences

… and not the other way round. Our design philosophy can be summed up as ‘human, useful, measurable’, in that order.   

Say hello to our team

Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott

Managing Director

Aaron is the founder of Somar with over 14 years’ experience in managing online projects.

He loves all sports and spends his free time watching the NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, and World Cup Cricket and is a fan for life of the NZ Vodafone Warriors.

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Peter Rostedt

Peter Rostedt

Account Director

Peter has worked in business development and account management roles for over 12 years.

In this time he's worked alongside some of New Zealand's largest companies, overseeing many high-profile web projects. Peter brings his vast relationship management experience to Somar and will ensure we deliver an outstanding service to our clients.

For new project enquiries contact Peter on 04-3851075 ext. 1

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Shaun Hunter

Shaun Hunter

Lead Developer

Shaun has over eight years’ experience in web development, digital marketing, online creative, and site management.

As the technical lead at Somar, he ensures the smooth deployment and running of new websites, along with server management.

Phone 04 385 1075 ext. 3

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Angus Deacon

Angus Deacon

UX Lead

Angus has over ten years’ experience in marketing, illustrative and exhibition design, and branding.

He was lead designer for the corporate identity of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club and has worked with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, World of WearableArt™ and numerous other clients from both the private and public sector.

Phone 04 385 1075 ext. 2

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David Craig

David Craig

Senior Developer

David has over eight years' experience developing software solutions for a range of clients, from early-stage startups, to enterprise companies.

As a Senior Developer, David brings experience and a passion for building innovative solutions, to our client projects.

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Chris Tombleson

Chris Tombleson

Intermediate Developer

Chris has been developing web applications using SilverStripe and other frameworks on a wide range of projects for the past 5 years.

Being an intermediate developer, Chris puts his experience to use by implementing smart back-end logic and smooth front-end experiences.

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Rickard Dahlström

Rickard Dahlström

Front End Developer

Rick has been a developer, specialising in front end solutions for over 3 years.

He has been involved in a diverse variety of projects and he loves to create front-facing applications that are not only useful, but are fun to engage with as well.

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