Web and Mobile App Design, Built in Boston
Creating app experiences that deliver results for over a decade
We've been designing apps for some of Boston's most disruptive companies for more than 15 years!
Businesses like these have turned to thoughtbot to solve their most difficult challenges. Are you ready to see what thoughtbot can do for your business? Contact us
A team of experts who put your customers at the center of product design
At thoughtbot, our designers are researchers, art directors, user experience architects, and programmers. Whatever stage of design you need, we can help.
We use Product Design Sprints to build products from scratch, refresh existing products, and discover innovative new features for your current users. Contact us to talk about how thoughtbot designers can help your business.
Our design tools:
A web app design agency that understands the entire product lifecycle
We've continuously refined our design, development, and workflow process over the years, and wrote a book about them. We're a web development company that keeps our tools sharp and our process effective. We'd love to learn how you do things at your organization and trade notes. Contact us to chat.
Our development tools:
A local mobile app design and development company that's ready to help you scale quickly
We use the latest approaches in Swift, Android, and React Native mobile app development to give our clients an edge in quality and time to market. Contact us to talk about your mobile app project.
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Meet the Boston team
Originally from South Carolina, Stephanie moved to Boston to pursue a career in web development. Since joining the coding community, she has worked on Rails, Phoenix, and Ember applications. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering with Girl Develop It or exploring the White Mountains.
Vendela grew up around designers and artists and found a love of coding during her time at Northeastern University. She is a big fan of design systems and making things cohesive. A native of Sweden she sleeps with the window open all winter and owns a lot of jackets. She also believes you can eat ice cream any time of year.
Joël is passionate about good architecture, OO, and best practices. He started his career writing PHP before falling in love with Ruby and Coffeescript. When he is not writing code, you can find him buried in a history book or exploring the city of Boston.
Chief Technology Officer
German came to programming from a background in economics. Not the most direct route one could choose, but when he found Ruby, he realized programming was the way to go. He has since discovered how much he enjoys pair programming, practicing test-driven development, and generally thinking about good software design. More recently he has been stepping into the functional world with Elixir and Elm. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and helping out at his local church.
People Operations Coordinator
Lawyer. Engineer. Hot sauce enthusiast. Cookie Monster incarnate.
Raised in England, on the edge of Surrey and Greater London, Matt received his MPhys from Durham University before moving to the US in 2010. Working in tech support, he taught himself Ruby and Rails and is thoughtbot's first hire of an Upcase subscriber. Matt is an avid gamer, either board or virtual varieties, and an appreciator of tea and craft beers.
Developer and CEO
Chad Pytel leads customer success and business development at thoughtbot, and is responsible for overall company strategy. He also is the host of the Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots Podcast. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and services, and has co-authored two books: Rails AntiPatterns and Pro ActiveRecord for Ruby. Chad holds bachelor of science degrees in both Computer Science and Humanities & Arts (Drama/Theatre) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Thom studied tv/film production at DeSales University before spending nearly a decade working as a freelance editor in Los Angeles. Deciding to get a jump start on the singularity, he joined thoughtbot in 2014; and outside of the office is a podcaster, nerdy comic gamer guy & opinionated consumer with a penchant for dorky fitness involved in a dark and twisted love/hate relationship with geek-culture and run-on sentences.
Mobile developer who develops for mobile things!
Eebs is a developer who loves solving challenging problems. He has a passion for clean, easily maintainable code and simple design. He strives to continually learn new things and help others learn when he can. When not at work he enjoys biking, running, and gaming.
Eric is a designer with a focus on UX and a passion for accessible and inclusive design. He's been fortunate enough to work for a variety of industries, including news, digital and print publishing, education, managed hosting, finance, health and human services, as well as traditional agency design. He's has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art.
Paul loves making applications that are easy, efficient and fun for people to use. In 2006 he started designing websites, and soon after stumbled upon Rails. Since then Paul has been both designing and developing software for non profits and businesses in various industries.
Director of People Operations
Anna brings her experience in administration, human resources, and event planning from the non-profit realm. She enjoys traveling and eating breakfast anytime of the day.
Vice President of Marketing
Josh is a developer and leads thoughtbot's Boston studio. With over 15 years of software development experience and ten as a consultant, he loves working with companies large and small to launch products, grow teams, and introduce processes that encourage open, honest communication. Outside of work, you can find him hiking, cooking, or exercising at his local CrossFit box.
Jaclyn is a curious person who loves to ask questions. Born in New Jersey but officially a New Yorker, she is an artist turned front-end developer turned product designer. Making things and sharing them with others is what inspires her most. Some things she makes other than apps include paintings, drawings, floral arrangements, cookies, jokes, music, and sandwiches.
An architect in a previous life, Jeff became hooked on making software and hasn't looked back. You can catch him playing nerdy board games in his spare time.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Carl was a network engineer in California before he taught himself Ruby on Rails and built his health-tech startup. While working as a customer of Thoughtbot's during his startup days, he realized he wanted to be on the other end of the table helping companies learn and develop their products.
Designer, gif enthusiast, cake baker
Edward began his career as a sound designer, making silent cartoons less silent. After brief asperations of becoming a designer, he became a web developer. he now (ab)uses his skills to make Markov chains, chat clients, and webrings. "Edward" would be worth 11 points in Scrabble if it were allowed.
Chris is a big fan of Vim and the general Unix philosophy of sharp, focused tools. He started his career as a mechanical engineer but has always had a passion for programming, specifically web development. He has worked in Visual Basic and Python, but since finding Ruby and Rails, there’s been no looking back. Outside of coding, Chris is a fan of dinner with friends, skiing, and an embarrassingly eclectic cross section of music.