Why Small Teams Are More Productive

“If a team can’t be fed by two pizzas it’s too big.” — Jeff Bezos

Let us start by introducing ourselves, we’re Studio Malvah a boutique studio made up of three passionate creatives and one powerhouse project manager. We specialise in branding, motion and digital design — which basically encompasses crafting brands, mobile apps, websites and everything in between.

“Born through passion, fixated on progress.” — Studio Malvah

The two pizza theory

Of course this isn’t really about pizzas, it’s about the agility, productivity and cohesion that exists in a small team. It’s understandable that popular belief dictates that a larger team means more ideas, more hands on deck, achieving goals more swiftly. But more of the good (ideas, brainpower, workforce) also brings more of the bad (mistakes, communication lapses, laziness).

I don’t expect you to take our word for it, Jacob Morgan — author of The Future of Work — writes “ individual effort decreases as the team size increases.” Why? Because each person’s contribution isn’t personally attributed to them and we as humans are naturally lazy so we become workplace loafers and rely on other people to put in the hard yards while we coast along watching the clock.

Introducing the team

Meet Tim

Branding entails everything from brand personality to brand assets such as logos, email signatures, business cards and other branding collateral.

Meet Ty

Digital is a broad term but in relation to what we offer it ranges from websites to apps and everything in between. Ty is a wizard when it comes to motion, if you don’t believe us check out our showreel on YouTube.

Meet Carli

She has grown as the studio has grown and she is a ninja at meeting tight deadlines which happen more often than we’d like!

Meet Kallia

We’re not really sure what she does, she was hired as a project manager but she’s adopted various hats in the studio.

Meet Mandi

Mandi makes sure our studio stays safe, clean and more recently adheres to COVID regulations.

Our small team

We’re tight-knit team with a variety of disciplines that share the same vision to build meaningful brands and digital experiences. Our mission is to stay hungry and humble and we remind each other of our values and beliefs every time we take on a new project.

It’s this sense of camaraderie that motivates us to keep our team small.

How does this affect the way we work?

We’re a small team who enjoys working with like-minded small teams, all passionate about their work and driven to give their best on every project.

Want to work with us?

We're a small Cape Town based design studio born through passion and fixated on progress. We create unique brand experiences on screen and on paper.