Companion is a digital product design studio that partners with start-ups, brands and companies to create new realities.
The studio’s core mission is to enhance the lives of people and their experience of the world around them by designing tools, services and products intended to inspire, entertain and create a better future for people and the planet.
Companion partners with people who share its values and motivations: openness, curiosity, togetherness and a desire to create digital experiences.
For Companion, creation through play leads to more exciting results; it welcomes and values people who like to just try things out.
Inside the Company
Companion Studio was founded in late 2020 by Myles Palmer, and currently operates as a full-time team of two based in London. It taps into its network of freelance designers and developers (across Europe) to expand to a team of ten or more at any one time.
The company is looking to grow organically throughout 2021 and seeks to hire more broadly across strategy, digital production, design and development, to add to its small team.
The team doesn’t currently have a permanent office space. For now, they are open to working across locations and timezones.
Mission and Values
Companion was initially conceived as a way of helping to fulfil the creative and business potential of companies, collaborators and colleagues.
The studio’s aim is to go on adventures with people – not just to create something in the short-term and move on, but to work and grow collaboratively and to experience the ups and downs alongside its partners.
Above all, Companion aims to create digital experiences which enable people to grow, learn, discover and share moments of happiness with others, rather than mindlessly scrolling.
The team work in collaboration with their clients and are driven to create maximum impact through their projects.
Culture and Benefits
Being such a young and small company, Companion’s culture is still defining itself and is in constant evolution. The team’s wish is to create a culture in which everyone feels comfortable and works openly with one another.
The studio aims to donate up to five percent of its annual revenue to causes that the team believes in, with one percent currently going to environmental organisations. The intention is to build a company that is sustainable for everyone involved, not just the stakeholders.
Companion’s environment allows everyone to experiment and make mistakes without feeling like they are out of their depth.
As such a small team, Companion acknowledges the challenges of finding the right projects and environments for a junior member of the team to grow in.
The team realises that there are unrealistic expectations placed on many junior creatives, and recognises the responsibility it has within the industry to put processes in place that enable people to thrive and not struggle.
Companion offers the time for mentoring publicly through a platform of its own creation: Pair Up. The team often partake in other portfolio review sessions, as well as guest lecturing at universities and supporting junior creatives wherever they can.
Internships and junior roles are something Companion is trying to work on actively. It hopes to offer more opportunities later in 2021.