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B|P + FB = OMG

May 21st, 2012
by Nate Bolt
2,652 comments

b|p + fb = omg

It turns out the Facebook design team is a great place for smart researchers.

For more than ten years, Bolt | Peters has worked with our clients (plus a robot and clay dinosaurs) to improve the design of their sites, apps, devices, video games, and cars. We did that with 238 projects, 24 talks, 18 articles, 11 events, 1 book, 19 weird videos, and 1 app.

But the time has come for our next adventure — at Facebook. The consulting practice of Bolt | Peters will be closing operations on June 22nd, 2012.

While we’ll miss working with our amazing clients, we’re stoked about Facebook’s commitment to user experience, and the design team is a critical part of this.

What about ethnio?

Last week we announced that after five years of growth, ethnio deserved to be its own company. That has not changed. Ethnio remains committed to supporting its customers with real-time research recruiting and more. We know Ethnio is in good hands with some of the people who have worked on it for years at the helm. I will no longer be working there, but will retain ownership. You can find out more about the new team at ethnio and who will be running it by following @ethnio or watching their blog.

User Research Friday and 1197

I’m thrilled to say that our friends at User Interface Engineering will be taking over User Research Friday. They pretty much rule at events. URF lives on. And the fine folks at the New York Soho Gallery for Digital Art will be taking over our mobile photography conference, 1197. Basically, both our product and the events that we’ve enjoyed putting on will live on after Bolt | Peters closes up shop.

Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions, and you can keep up with all of us individually here. Our VP, Cyd Harrell, deserves 100% of the credit for running the consulting side of the business for the past six years. She rules. Thank you, Cyd. And a huge thanks to my co-founder Craig Peters, who has been a friend and advisor for years. But especially, all the team at Bolt | Peters past and present that I’ve had the pleasure of working with – you’ve made our success possible. Thank you guys.

Well. It’s been our privilege to be a part of the the interaction design and UX community as a consulting firm since January, 2002, and we plan to continue to work in that community as part of Facebook. I want to mention that this decision did not come lightly. Our clients, colleagues, team, and advisors are simply the best. They are our partners. They are our friends. And we sincerely thank you.

– Nate Bolt

2,652 Responses to “B|P + FB = OMG”

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  12. Michael Burkett
    May 25, 2012

    Congrats Nate!


  13. Michael
    May 25, 2012

    And Team!


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  15. Trent Mankelow
    May 25, 2012

    Wow, congrats Nate – this is awesome! One question though – why wouldn’t FB “buy” the people instead of acquiring Bolt|Peters the company? D’ya know what I mean? It seems like it would be a mission to do an acquisition, when they could just put employment agreements in front of y’all. Just curious…


  16. Ananth
    May 25, 2012

    Congrats Nate and Bolt Peters Team. Autodesk will miss your amazing research service in future. Best of luck at Facebook!


  17. molly w steenson
    May 25, 2012

    Amazing news. It was a pleasure to spend some time on the inside with you guys—can’t wait to hear about your next adventures.


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  19. Lisa Tweedie
    May 28, 2012

    Good Luck in your new adventure.


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    Jun 11, 2012

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    Jun 21, 2012

    That is amazing news Nate – well done! Exciting times no-doubt. Have fun riding the next wave :-)


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