Contra was founded by Roberto Ciarleglio, Ben Edge and John Ford 16 years ago. In 2000, the three founders had a vision of what the web and Internet would evolve into – rich online experiences including lots of video and animation; web software platforms that would transform businesses; a breaking away from the “desktop” into a multi device world; and the need for all of these to have well designed user experiences. The good news is they are still looking to the future and are very hands on with the agency and projects. Today, each of them takes responsibility for different aspects of the agency.
- Roberto is the Managing Director and oversees client services. He is extremely technical and is unshakable in his vision for perfection. He likes to roll up his sleeves and get involved with projects.
- Ben is Director of Digital and Design, meaning that he oversees both digital and creative services teams. He has a huge amount of experience within the digital scene and travels supporting clients on their digital strategies across the globe.
- John is Director of Contra Film and therefore oversees film and production services. His passion for filmmaking has ensured our films are amongst some of the most highly acclaimed and effective in the world.
The full team comprises of a huge amount of exceptional in-house talent including: project managers, producers, directors, post-production editors, web developers, web designers, graphic designers, motion designers and back office staff. Each are specialists in their areas but also aware of the big picture of Contra’s work. The main defining and unifying characteristic is that Contranaughts live and breath this stuff. They are the ones producing the future.