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
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.
Chief Technology Officer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Designer, gif enthusiast, cake baker
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.
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.
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.
People Operations Coordinator
Lawyer. Engineer. Hot sauce enthusiast. Cookie Monster incarnate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President of Marketing
Mobile developer who develops for mobile things!
Developer and CEO
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).
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.
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.