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Raleigh design, Ember, and Elixir development studio

We opened our Raleigh studio in 2013. You can find us eating mac and cheese at Poole’s, drinking horchata at Centro, or scoping out the produce at the State Farmer’s Market. We love the fast-growing tech scene here, the small-town feel, and living in the best city in the country for raising a family.

Build something great with us in the City of Oaks

An ideal project for us is one where where our client cares about their users’ jobs to be done. We can help you get your first product off the ground. Or, we can work on new releases, internal tools, or re-write sub-systems.

Contact us to chat about design thinking, bringing your product to market, or the trade-offs of JavaScript frameworks and different back-ends.

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Meet the Raleigh team

    • Emily Bahna
    • Jason Draper
    • Stephen Lindberg
    • David Bernheisel
    • Managing Director

      Emily Bahna

      Emily Bahna is a Managing Director of thoughtbot in Raleigh, which she joined in July 2017. She is also a regular coach and advisor to NC Idea Labs, an accelerator program for early stage startups. Her background is in art direction, interactive design, information architecture, and user experience strategy. Before joining thoughtbot, she worked for Digitas, Pixel Press (a Human Rights Digital Magazine), Duke University, Centerline Digital, and she was also founder of UX-Shop (a user-centered design consultancy). She has worked on projects for Seagrams, American Express, UNICEF, GE Oil & Gas, IBM, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RTI International, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, The East Coast Greenway, among many other clients, large and small, for profit and not-for-profit. Emily is originally from New York City. and moved to Durham NC in 2004. She has been designing and consulting with clients on web and applications solutions since 1999. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers and a Graphic Design degree from Parsons School of Design.

    • Development Director

      Jason Draper

      Jason leads our Raleigh web development team. He loves building tools that help organizations get their jobs done more efficiently. Recently he's become obsessed with Elixir, Elm and all things functional.

    • Designer

      Stephen Lindberg

    • Developer

      David Bernheisel

      David grew up in the 90s in Atlanta, GA during the age of AOL’s iconic “Welcome!” sound, Warcraft II, Prince of Persia, and dial-up. He was exposed to 286 computers with orange DOS prompts by his parents, a mechanical engineer and telecom engineer. During high school and after making an AOL program that colorized text for chatrooms, David decided that making applications was his favorite thing to do; that it blended the right amount of leadership, design, building, and cultural evolution. Lately, he’s been fascinated with Elixir and Phoenix, NativeScript, and the fact that his 3 large dogs are too crazy for their own good.

    • Christian Reuter
    • Design Director

      Christian Reuter

      Christian leads our Raleigh design team. He enjoys designing and building good products for good people, and believes that we can use design as a tool to take better care of our users. When not designing, Christian enjoys backpacking in the Blue Ridge, playing board games, and geeking out about coffee.