Quilted is a worker-owned, cooperatively-managed company stitching together technology and social change. We take on work that challenges us to be more critical and insightful designers, engineers, and thinkers while remaining pragmatic and focused on adding real social value to our projects.
With offices in Berkeley, California and Boston, Massachusetts, we provide strategic consulting, graphic design, web development, as well as game design and development services to progressive arts, education, and non-profit organizations. We focus on standards based design and work with open source technologies - primarily Drupal.
Quilted is a team of five energetic thinkers and reflective doers.
Ben Mauer is a veteran web designer passionate about using technology and design to bring about sustainable change on a human scale, and increased participation in the systems that shape our everyday lives. Previous to Quilted, he managed web development and communications for the ground-breaking research project, the Information Technology, War and Peace Project at Brown University, and worked a few stints at Wired Digital/Terra Lycos in San Francisco and various ad agencies.
Colin Sagan is committed to making clear, accessible and, above all, useful media that supports cultural producers and activists guided by a structural understanding of power. From his background as production coordinator and designer for several nationally and internationally distributed magazines, Colin found Drupal as a powerful tool for designing collaborative systems to facilitate vivid and effective communication.
Raeanne Young is passionate about organizational strategy and savvy communication. She enjoys innovating on value-driven development processes, collaborative design projects, and business practices that support workers as whole people. Prior to Quilted she worked in technology policy promoting digital rights at the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and in communications and campaign strategy with Smartmeme. She enjoys working on inspiring social collaborative projects and has a penchant for all things open source.
Rocket ! is enthusiastic about developing websites that are accessible, well-designed, and support social justice. They enjoy programming of all shapes, collaborative design, and creative solutions. They are also a graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies Program and they design games that encourage education, collaboration, social awareness, and critical thinking. Their background is in computer science and they work primarily with Drupal.
Alex Hage [Apprentice] is a print and web designer interested in unique, functional, and socially and environmentally responsible projects. He passionately believes that design is art, but wants his work to have a purpose beyond aesthetics; he would like to be able to serve people doing important work in the world. http://goldenarrows.us
Erik Hopp worked with Quilted from it's inception in 2004 until 2012. He has designed websites since the late nineties and worked with Drupal since 2001, emphasizing creative approaches to social justice work. He gets excited about providing appropriate media tools to make organizations more efficient and effective and fostering participatory democratic social structures. Erik has moved on to do development and engineering with former Quilted client and officemates AethLabs and maintains a select roster of freelance clients at Pattrn. More info is available here: http://erikhopp.com
Jochen Hartmann specializes in Drupal-based site design, implementation and development. He also enjoys working with print media and has a background that combines fine art, software development and experimental audio work. More information on his current activities is at http://jochenhartmann.com
kiran nigam is an educator, facilitator, and artist committed to building movements for social and economic justice. Involved in the co-op movement for over a decade, kiran has worked with NASCO, the USFWC, and AORTA. She was inducted into the 2010 NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame for her contribution to cooperative education and training. kiran is passionate about using her background in facilitation and communication to help build healthy and sustainable organizations.
Kyla Wagener [Apprentice] is really excited about the actual and theoretical uses for the web in creating/supporting radical change, especially around social justice issues. Though she shunned the idea of computer-generated art and design while attending art school many years ago, the first time she tried designing with Illustrator and animating with Flash she realized she was so, so wrong. Now there is nothing she likes more than crunching pixels and geeking out about code.
Peter Harkawik was a founding member of Quilted in 2004, interested in creating a decentered design group that could work selectively with nonprofit and arts clients. While working with Quilted he did principal web and print design on several projects and developed PHP-based components including an organic, lightweight CMS which allowed users to restructure and edit websites in the same way they viewed them. He left in 2006 to pursue fine arts work and is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art. http://www.harkawik.com