Adobe looks like they are scooping up New York design firm Thumb Labs, a company with quite a stacked resume of well-designed mobile apps. We are gathering that Adobe has the intent to have them join the team at their other recently acquired company Behance, likely to make an expanded mobile experience to their upcoming Creative Cloud. Adobe announced the partnership via Twitter: "A warm welcome to our friends at @thumblabs, who are joining the @Behance team to help connect the creative world."
— Adobe (@Adobe) May 22, 2013
From Eric Snowden, Lead Product Designer, Head of Mobile Behance:
@jaronschneider Just want to keep pushing the great work we've been doing with them forward. More better faster :)
— Eric Snowden (@ericsnowden) May 22, 2013
The Thumb Labs co-founders Rich Kern and Jared Verdi wrote a concise letter at ThumbLabs.com:
It was just three years ago that we founded Thumb Labs, driven by our shared desire to craft exceptional experiences for the mobile platform. Since then we have had the pleasure of working with a number of great clients, building products that have been featured by Apple, risen to the top rankings within their respective categories, and that have been highly regarded by the broader mobile community. The achievements made by our team have far surpassed our expectations.
Early in our journey, we took a meeting with Scott Belsky and Matias Corea that led to Thumb Labs building the first official app for Behance. We have been working closely with their talented team ever since, and last December released an even more ambitious Behance v2 and the Creative Portfolio. They have challenged us to do our best work, and we are proud to be counted among their friends.
Which is why, today, we are delighted to announce that we have accepted an offer to join them full-time at Adobe. At the end of this month, the Thumb Labs team will begin focusing our mobile talents on a united mission to empower the creative world.
Like many working in the tech industry, we have come to rely on Adobe products on a daily basis, and have closely followed their evolution throughout the years. With the announcements at Adobe MAX earlier this month, and the launch of the Creative Cloud, it is clear that this is an exciting time at the company. We are looking forward to contributing to these efforts, as Behance's vibrant community becomes more deeply integrated into Adobe's tools.
Over the next several weeks we will be working closely with our clients to fulfill any existing obligations, after which time Thumb Labs will no longer be offering our services. Our sincerest thanks to all of our customers, family, and friends for your support and encouragement over the last few years. We could not have made it here without you, and we hope you will continue cheering us on as we begin this new chapter!
Officially, this is all Adobe is going to say on the matter. What do you want to see out of this merger? Let us know in the comments below.