About

Who We Are.

Psychoactive® is an International award-winning digital agency building beautiful, interactive web experiences. We deliver digital branding, strategy, design and development for brands & organisations who want to push the boundaries of the web.

We’re Digital Amphibians: just as frogs breathe both water & air, we breathe design & innovation. We’re not just a web design, development, or advertising agency - we’re a digital incubator - constantly hatching fresh and beautifully intuitive ways to stimulate the Metamorphosis of projects & brands.

Dictionary

Definition from Amphibious Language

Metamorphosis

/ˌmɛtəˈmɔ ː fəsɪs,ˌmɛtəmɔː ˈfəʊsɪs/
noun
ZOOLOGY
noun:
metamorphosis;
plural noun:
metamorphoses

(in a brand or organisation) the process of transformation from an old or immature website to a beautiful, interactive web product or experience in three distinct stages: Branding & Strategy, Design, and Development.

“The organisation’s digital presence went through the process of metamorphosis”

  • a change of the form or nature of a digital asset or strategy into a completely different one.

"their project experienced metamorphosis from a low traffic website to an award winning work of art"

Benefits

faster load time

search engine visibility

interactive

animated

brand recognition

user trust & engagement

visual consistency

immersive

increased ROI

cohesive brand identity

refreshed content strategy

optimised user experience

responsive across devices

Origin
Origin of the word metamorphosis

Late 2018: via Andrew Hillstead the word metamorphosis is redefined to align with Psychoactive Studios’ process of transformation.

Use over time for: metamorphosis
Use over time of metamorphosis
head of a frog

Our Ethos

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Innovation

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Mastery

03

Communication

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Passion

Quote

"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible."

– M.C. Escher

Our Ecosystem

Our Ecosystem fosters a wide range of amphibious inhabitants. With Webflow designers, developers, and digital management experts, Psychoactive® is home to some of New Zealand’s finest creative talent.

Andrew
Andrew Hillstead - Creative Director
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webflow certified

Andrew

Creative Director
Kunyang
Kunyang Ji - Digital Designer & Developer
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webflow certified

Kunyang

Senior Designer & Developer
Sheridan
Sheridan Jamieson - Virtual Chief Financial Officer
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webflow certified

Sheridan

Virtual Chief Financial Officer
Laura
Laura Garcia - Digital Designer, Developer & Wellness coordinator
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webflow certified

Laura

Digital Designer, Developer & Wellness Coordinator
Carl
Carl Gordon - Digital Designer & Developer
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webflow certified

Carl

Digital Designer & Developer
Brandon
Brandon Miller - Digital Designer & Developer
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webflow certified

Brandon

Head of Creative
Daniel
Daniel Lucas in front of a lake
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webflow certified

Daniel

Senior Producer
Josh
Josh Waay - Web Developer Intern
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webflow certified

Josh

Creative Developer & Sound Designer
You?
A photoshopped frog smiling with human teeth
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webflow certified

You?

Web Designer, Web Developer, Producer, Freelancer, or Intern

Awards

We’re humbled to have been acknowledged by the creative community, receiving recognition for a number of awards. As a values driven company, we aim to foster an environment of innovation, collaboration and integrity, cultivating the perfect conditions for metamorphosis to occur.

Best Awards
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Silver
1
Finalists
7
CSS Design Awards
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Site of the Day
2
Site of the Month
1
Best User Interface
13
Best User Experience
13
Best Innovation
13
Special Kudos
11
Awwwards
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Site of the Day
1
Developer Site
1
Mobile Award
1
Honorable Mention
10
FWA
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FWA of the Day
1
W3 Design Awards
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Gold
3
Silver
1
Muse Creative Awards
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Platinum winner
1