About us

a.k.a what makes us tick

Contrast about us

Always strive for better work. Never stop learning. Have fun.

Since Contrast was founded, it has been rooted in a drive to find a better way of doing things. To do better work. To always keep learning. To never half-ass anything. And to have fun while doing all this. We believe that pleasure in the job puts perfection into work, and we really, really love what we do. Our pursuit for the better will always remain the same as in the very beginning.

Contrast about us

We love clean design and advanced digital solutions.

While creating inspiring services for our clients, our goal is always clear: To produce brilliant digital-age solutions that look great and most of all help your business or cause to grow. However, we think that is only half of the equation; your happiness is the most important thing to us. If you’re not satisfied, we have not succeeded. Our goal is to always provide an exceptional level of service, and we aim for lasting partnerships with our clients.

Sami Mäkelä

Co-Founder, Technical lead

Sami is a strong entrepreneurial spirit, an avid barefoot waterskier and an occasionally funny guy with a long-lasting enthusiasm towards all things digital. He takes great pride in flawlessness, especially in code. His passion in beautifully functioning digital solutions and entrepreneurial mindset have both found their happy place in Contrast Digital Agency.

Joonas Virtanen

Co-Founder, Creative

Joonas is a new media enthusiast, proud nerd, music junkie, outdoor aficionado, social introvert and a hopeless wanderer. He is a strong blend between a creative designer and a sales-oriented businessman, so it certainly is no accident that he has found his passion in the field of digital media and branding.

Marija Erjavec

CEO, Design lead

Marija is a Lead Designer, with love for understanding the bigger picture and solving little annoyances of everyday life. She enjoys creating clear and joyful digital experiences and is always looking for new challenges and experiences. Right now she is learning mountain biking.

Nanna Pikkarainen

Project Manager (on maternity leave)

Nanna is a well-organised Project Manager who handles all kinds of situations. Nanna has an eye for beautiful and minimalistic things. On her free time Nanna likes to go jogging with her dog, travel around the world, and do occasional gigs as a singer.

Maija Rinneheimo

Business Development Director

Maija is an energetic problem solver who loves customer interfaces, genuine human encounters and understanding the big picture. Maija has a strong background in key account management and the development of customer satisfaction and sales. Outside the office, you may see Maija on a sea kayak, reading a book, running, ice swimming or enjoying good food.

Janne Timonen

Lead Developer

Janne is an experienced software development professional, passionate music geek and esoteric visionary. Solving problems elegantly and creating beautiful and effortless user experiences is what Janne holds most important in his work. During coffee break discussions he gets excited about ECMAScript, guitar equipment, Japan and many-worlds theory. Janne's superpower is imitating Jörn Donner rather elaborately.

Tom Laakso


Tom is a Developer with a sharp eye for visual details who is always open to new ideas and experiences. Tom constantly tries to exceed himself and create something awesome - be it code or music.


Lisa Staudinger

Visual designer

Lisa is a Visual Designer with a passion for creating communication material that hits the sweet spot between beauty and functionality. Lisa loves to work with data and and information dense projects, and is always eager to learn more about the field. When she’s not designing, she’s crafting charming things with paper or code.

Lia Crupi

UX / UI Designer

Lia is a professional UX and UI Designer with a background in Urban Planning and a passion for human-centred design. Her mission is to create positive responses in people, whether they linger in a public space or look for a new pair of shoes online. She loves video games and movies - the geekier the better.


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