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Have fun. Strive to surprise.
Thrive under pressure.
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We never settle for just, ok.



Digital Noir - A Brief History

It has long been said that, if you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you are going. The Digital Noir journey has not always been smooth sailing, but we are firm believers that a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. 6 and a half years has flown by in a blink, but when you start looking back you realise how much we have grown as humans, as a team and how much fun we had in the process. Here is a very brief snapshot.

The Past

2006-2011

Scrimshaw Communications, London UK

Sam had fled Adelaide in search of adventure and exotic lands. Instead he ended up in London town, where in 2006 he fatefully quit his 9-5 and started ‘freelancing’ as a graphic designer. A dozen crash courses in web design and many more Polski Pivo’s fuelled the birth of Scrimshaw. A small web agency run out of an even smaller flat.

2011

Digital Noir is born in Adelaide, SA

Upon returning to Adelaide, Sam formed Digital Noir. Scrimshaw had a corporate edge that did not reflect Sam’s own personal style. DN was a play on the classic ‘Film Noir’ and it’s main intention was to stand out from the crowd, to do things differently.

2012

A warehouse fit for a startup!

Dunorlan was the first real spiritual home of DN 1.0. Setup in partnership with Cortex Interactive. Our main goal was to have a table tennis table and a bar fridge. We achieved both on the first day! The space was huge, a perfect place to grow a team.

2013

The birth of the DN team

DN had been working with several freelancers, part timers and contractors but 2013 saw the addition of the first full time staff. There really is no I in team, without the staff DN does not exist. This is a snap from our first ever neighbourhood xmas party.

2014

The Bandung Connection

Prasetyo is the longest serving member of the DN crew. He started helping out in 2012. In 2014 he came on board full time and Sam went to visit him in his hometown in Indo. Every year since we have made an effort to get the full team together once a year.

2014

New faces + plenty of wine

Nick and Tess are both pillars of the DN crew and ’14 saw them come on board full time and help to further grow the business. We had some great success with Hentley Farm and reaped the rewards with wine, food and fun times in the Barossa!

2015

Pixel Pong – A brief stint in Chiang Mai

As DN expanded into Apps, the team needed to grow. A small experiment in the jewel of the north, Chiang Mai (Thailand) ensued. Pixel Pong was an offshoot of DN with 5 staff and a fully kitted out office. Not all experiments pan out and DN decided to move all operations back to ADL.

2015

DN Expansion – another home by the beach

Somerton Park was our HQ for two years and saw the biggest growth in the business. Mel, Uzair, Christo and John all jumped on board in our nice home by the sea. This was the spiritual home of DN 2.0 and we have many great memories of team feasts and cards games on the floor.

2016

A team trip to Bali and plans for DN 3.0

As the team grew so did our need for a stronger brand presence and personality. The birth of DN 3.0 (what you see/feel on this site) started in 2016 and has it’s roots in a solid team that love to create together. In Nov ’16 we spent a week in Bali with Pras – Digital Nomads on the loose!

2017

Flinders Street HQ – Yet more new faces

We were sad to leave the beach but the city life called and we have not looked back since. Our new HQ on Flinders Street in Wotso is the perfect space from which to weave our DN magic. The team continues to grow, with the addition of Matt and Rach. Bring on the next adventure!

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