Just days after announcing that the team from storytelling ssocial network Storylane would join the social network, the company announced its acquisition of San Francisco- and New York-based design agency Hot Studio in a note on the Facebook Design page.
Hot Studio Founder and CEO Maria Giudice and President Rajan Dev confirmed the transaction in a post on the agency’s website. According to the Facebook Design note, Hot Studio staffers will be added to the social network’s product design, communication design, research, engineering, and content strategy teams over the next few months
Here are more details from the Facebook Design note:
Every month, more than a billion people sign on to Facebook looking to catch up with those they care about and share what’s happening in their own lives. For years, we’ve focused relentlessly on building tools that facilitate these connections – tools that are simple, intuitive, and universal.
These are design and development problems at a global scale, and tackling them requires a tremendous talent for solving complex problems through simple, intuitive design. Finding designers who understand these issues and who fit into our entrepreneurial, fast-moving culture has always been a particular challenge.
So, I’m very excited to announce that we have agreed to acquire the talented team behind Hot Studio, a top design agency based in San Francisco and New York.
We began working with Hot Studio on a few projects several months ago. Immediately, we recognized the synergy between our teams and their remarkable talents. Hot Studio has a sixteen-year history working with some of the world’s biggest and best brands. They have an intricate understanding of what businesses need and a flair for building tools and resources to help meet those needs. And this is what we’re bringing them here to do – build amazing tools that help the brands and businesses that use Facebook.
The transition will be careful and deliberate, occurring over the next few months. When it’s finished, many of the talented individuals from Hot Studio will be embedded into our product design, communication design, research, engineering, and content strategy teams.
They are great team, and we’re sure they’ll be able to make a huge impact right from the beginning. All of us at Facebook are excited for what we’ll be able to build together.
Margaret Stewart, a director of design at Facebook, is excited to get to know the Hot Studio team.