Who we are

Filament Group is a design and front-end development studio. 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 twenty 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, has more than twenty-five years consulting experience with corporate and institutional clients with a focus on communicating complex messages across a range of media; her expertise lies in developing robust communication strategies, information architecture, content strategy and system design. She is a coauthor of "Designing with Progressive Enhancement" with her Filament Group colleagues, and has spoke on design topics at Smashing Conf, Frontend Conference, Generate, and Beyond Tellerand. 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 project documentation or a client’s pattern library. 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. Maggie speaks on such topics as design systems at conferences like Smashing Conf. Before Filament, we worked with Maggie at ZEFER.

Scott Jehl @scottjehl

Scott Jehl brings deep design and development expertise to Filament's projects. Scott is a public advocate of practices that promote web access for all, regularly speaking at conferences like An Event Apart, Smashing Conf, Performance.Now, Fronteers, and Beyond Tellerand, writing for A List Apart, and hacking on various open source projects. Early on, he designed the jQuery logo and led the development of the 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 is a Web Builder. He launched his first web site in 1997, open source project in 2003, and web development blog in 2007. He knows firsthand how much and how little the web can change over time. Zach’s current obsessions include web fonts and static site generators—he created and maintains the Eleventy static site generator. Zach is an international speaker with a résumé that includes talks at Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. 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. He also helps herd NEJS CONF and the NebraskaJS meetup.

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 compiler optimizations for weak memory models.