Who we are

Filament Group is an 7-person design and front-end development studio with an HQ in Boston and folks in Florida, Omaha, LA, and Seattle. We're problem solvers. We believe good design is about finding clear and simple solutions to complex problems, and realizing them in the most elegant and effective way. Since 2001 we’ve been designing and developing a wide range of sites and apps for big companies, innovative startups, and open-source projects.

Todd Parker @toddmparker

Todd Parker, Partner, brings over fifteen years of experience creating highly functional, accessible and intuitive interfaces for all devices, from mobile devices to desktop, kiosks and TVs. Todd is the former project lead for the jQuery Mobile team and served on the jQuery board. Todd is co-author of the Peachpit book “Designing With Progressive Enhancement”, contributor to the O’Reilly “jQuery Cookbook” and frequent presenter on the topics of mobile design, vector graphics, progressive enhancement, accessibility, and responsive web design.

Patty Toland @pattytoland

Patty Toland, Partner, brings to Filament Group more than twenty-five years consulting experience with corporate and institutional clients, with a focus on communicating complex messages across a range of media. Patty's expertise lies in developing robust information and communication strategies, including branding, constituent analysis, information architecture and system design, and writing. Prior to founding Filament Group, Patty worked at ZEFER Corp., US Peace Corps, Kohn Cruikshank Inc. and Harvard Business School.

Maggie Wachs @maggiewachs

Maggie Costello Wachs is Filament's coding and production master ’” she ensures the quality of everything that goes out the door, or gets posted to an extranet. Maggie is deeply knowledgeable about best practices in standards-compliant markup, CSS and JavaScript, and progressive enhancement, and brings that expertise to both client work and our publications and presentations. We worked with Maggie at ZEFER, and she joined Filament after a stint at The Monitor Group, where she worked with the CIO on rolling out internal technology initiatives and recruiting for the software development consulting group.

Scott Jehl @scottjehl

Scott Jehl brings deep UI design and development expertise to Filament's projects. Scott is a public advocate of practices that improve web access for all, regularly speaking at conferences like An Event Apart, Mobilism, Breaking Development, and dConstruct, writing for A List Apart, and hacking on various open source projects on Github. Early on, he designed the jQuery logo and led the development of jQuery UI's CSS Framework and the jQuery Mobile project as well. Prior to joining Filament Group, Scott worked for such clients as New England Journal of Medicine, Footjoy Golf, and Aspen Snowmass. He's the author of Responsible Responsive Design (2014, A Book Apart).

Zach Leatherman @zachleat

Zach Leatherman comes to Filament Group with more than 15 years of handcrafted web development experience. He began his first open source project in 2003, a web development blog in 2007, and knows firsthand how much and how little the web can change over time. Zach has given numerous talks on Progressive Enhancement, Front End Engineering, and was a guest lecturer on Mobile Application Development at the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining Filament Group, Zach was the User Interface architect for Union Pacific Railroad, in charge of guiding the Fortune 200 company's technical direction on both desktop and mobile web development.

Jeff Lembeck @jefflembeck

Jeff Lembeck got his start with web development almost 10 years ago, working on a website for a golf course. Since then, he’s worked to hone his specialties, which include backends, scripting, and workflow tools among other areas of obsession. He has built software, apps, and web sites for clients in the banking, medical, travel and entertainment, media, automotive, and telecom industries. Jeff is a former member of the jQuery Mobile team, wrote an article for A List Apart, maintains a few open source projects, and has opinions about the internet. He currently lives in Seattle where he enjoys clouds and salmon-based foods.

John Bender @johnbender

John Bender is an experienced software developer with more than fourteen years behind the keyboard. As the co-creator of Vagrant and a former development lead on the jQuery Mobile project he brings a wealth of operations, back-end, and front-end knowledge to the Filament Group team. During the day he can be found working with the UCLA Compilers Group focusing on complexity results in programming languages and formal verification.