Starting off as a freelance digital agent, Swell was founded in 2016 by creating our first online store, for local surf store EP SURF in Port Lincoln, South Australia.
After much badgering of the owners to step into the online market, they accepted! Off we went; from placing the logo, to packing the orders, we had the full experience of what it takes to develop and run an online store.
Momentum picked up from word of mouth and we quickly branched off into creating sites for friends and family. In 2018 Swell found new clientele all over Australia, developing online stores for brands, boutiques and wholesalers.
Since refining our image, we’ve taken on other passionate projects in videography, photography, graphic design, marketing, analytics data analysis, search engine optimisation, and customised theme creation.
Expanding our company and team in 2019, Swell has set strategic goals for a clear path to grow.
Hage Digital houses fundamental services for modern businesses, a one-stop-shop for your creative needs. Originally founded as Swell Sites in January 2016 we have helped launch over 50 websites, and continue to support our eCommerce stores with the latest technology. Growing our catalogue since we have diversified our brands into key components; Onyx One, a partnered effort with Amazon Web Services to provide our customers with Swell websites the best platform to host optimised WordPress builds. Swell Studio, connects our clients to media distribution throughout the audio world, with our in-house Swell Original podcasts. Site By Swell, our home-base for all things creative.
Get to know our dream team
Featuring our first graphic print created for local surf store Ep Surf.
Having six years of experience within the digital media industry, I have helped launch and revitalise a variety of businesses across Australia. Without realising, I stepped into my dream job quite early, however, hindsight tells me this was my domain since I was a young one changing desktop backgrounds (with or without permission). After basing myself at Brisbane’s fashion company Sabo Skirt for work experience, I launched Swell to bring a touch of the boutique digital market I learnt in the big smoke to my surf loving coastal town. Unexpectedly tapping into a highly demanded market Swell became much more than just me. Quickly gathering my dream team, it was all hands on deck to start the outline for a new creative process; discovering, planning, proposing, concepts, development, and finalisation.
I fell in love with photography in the dark room at high school and have been lucky enough to further my creative journey completing a graphic design degree and stepping into the industry shortly after. From corporate, freelancing and agency work I have had over 12 years experience in different genres of design. My niche is: homemade, handcrafted and wholehearted.
“If you’ve ever purchased something from fashion cult store Sabo Skirt you were most likely rocking one of Koby Bate’s graphic print designs. But, creating bold prints is not the only thing on her (very full) plate. Koby runs her own online store brimming with hand-crafted goodies, is a killer photographer and still manages to stay on top of all her freelancing gigs like a hashtag girlboss.” by Collective Hub
AIM, ROADMAP & ETHICS
Our mission is to help businesses lift off or take the next big step to establish themselves across digital platforms. We have a love for all business sizes, whether you’re just starting up or already have a powerhouse PR & marketing team behind you, Swell will act as a support system to help you grow.
Swell has already taken the first steps to establish itself as one of Australia’s fastest-growing website design & development agencies. Collaborating with over 100 clients cohesively across numerous projects, we’ve helped simplify digital marketing, website management and creative processes. Our future entails continued promotion, growth and energetic new-aged projects for our clients.
New aged media — Uniqueness — Minimalism — Consistency — Growth