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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 14 years!

Featured Clients:

  • MBTA

  • MIT

  • MassChallenge

  • Autodesk

  • Constant Contact

  • ezCater

  • LevelUp

  • Teikametrics

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

    • Elaina Natario
    • Jaclyn Perrone
    • Stephanie Viccari
    • Haritha Sudanagunta
    • Designer

      Elaina Natario

      Designer, gif enthusiast, cake baker

    • Design Director

      Jaclyn Perrone

      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.

    • Senior Developer

      Stephanie Viccari

      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.

    • People Operations Coordinator

      Haritha Sudanagunta

      Lawyer. Engineer. Hot sauce enthusiast. Cookie Monster incarnate.

    • Matt Jankowski
    • John Schoeman
    • Josh Clayton
    • Joël Quenneville
    • Developer and COO

      Matt Jankowski

      Matt works with our internal management teams and other leadership to ensure the company's overall success. He serves as an advisor to our clients and as an official liaison to relevant industry groups. Prior to joining thoughtbot Matt was the CTO of a publishing technology startup. He has decades of experience as an Internet wrangling generalist, and holds a B.S. in Technical Communication from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

    • Apprentice

      John Schoeman

      The most important thing to know about me is that I believe lists should have at most two things. The second most important is that I like cheese, a lot. The third most important thing is that I believe it's okay to make exceptions.

    • Managing Director

      Josh Clayton

      Josh leads our Boston web development team. After spending years writing ASP and C#, Josh found solace in Ruby and realized that crying while programming was OK (as long as they were tears of joy). When he's not programming, he enjoys board games, Magic: the Gathering, and playing drums.

    • Senior Developer

      Joël Quenneville

      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.

    • Chad Pytel
    • Alex Sullivan
    • Eric Bailey
    • Paul Smith
    • Developer and CEO

      Chad Pytel

      Chad Pytel leads the day-to-day operations of thoughtbot, including hiring and growth, and is responsible for overall strategy for the company. 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).

    • Developer

      Alex Sullivan

      Mobile developer who develops for mobile things!

    • Designer

      Eric Bailey

      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.

    • Senior Developer

      Paul Smith

      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.

    • Melissa Xie
    • Derek Prior
    • Joe Ferris
    • Chris Toomey
    • Senior Developer

      Melissa Xie

      Melissa began her programming career building games in Scheme. Since then, she's done work in Natural Language Processing (before that whole Siri thing!), performance monitoring, and web development in too many languages and frameworks. Besides her day job, you'll find her singing baritone in Harborlight Show Chorus, kayaking in the Charles, and running various Ruby/Rails events in Boston.

    • Development Director

      Derek Prior

      Derek's been writing software for the web for nearly 20 years. In those years he's grown less dogmatic about specific technology and more passionate about the processes that build successful teams and products. You can hear his thoughts on interesting technology problems, exciting new languages and libraries, and industry trends on The Bike Shed. Away from the keyboard, you can find Derek playing with this two boys, riding bikes, or taking recreational sports way too seriously.

    • Chief Technology Officer

      Joe Ferris

      Joe provides technical leadership and support to the thoughtbot team. He has more than a hundred web applications under his belt and he's familiar with every reason you probably shouldn't use JavaScript. When he's not at his desk, you can generally find him outside, climbing something. Joe also enjoys interesting weather and type systems.

    • Senior Developer

      Chris Toomey

      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.

    • Eunjee Yoon
    • Rachel Mathew
    • German Velasco
    • Matthew Sumner
    • Office Manager

      Eunjee Yoon

    • Senior Developer

      Rachel Mathew

    • Senior Developer

      German Velasco

      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.

    • Senior Developer

      Matthew Sumner

      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.

    • Lindsey Christensen
    • Thom Obarski
    • Adrian  Rogowski
    • Vendela Larsson
    • Vice President of Marketing

      Lindsey Christensen

    • Producer

      Thom Obarski

      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.

    • Product Manager

      Adrian Rogowski

      Product Manager

    • Designer

      Vendela Larsson

      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.

    • Mike Borsare
    • Anna Miragliuolo
    • Amy Ly
    • Designer

      Mike Borsare

      Mike is a designer who lives for unique solutions. He has two loves when it comes to work: technology and design. He's been tinkering with computers since the days of Pentium 90s and believes design is a vehicle for a better world. He's a graduate of both the University of Tennessee and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He's fond of the color orange, parenthetical statements, jogging, travel, and his dog. You should follow him.

    • Director of People Operations

      Anna Miragliuolo

      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.

    • Developer

      Amy Ly