Teehan+Lax shutting down as partners join Facebook


A new era begins for the Toronto design community as the founding partners of Teehan+Lax announced this morning they are shutting down the company to join Facebook. Partners John Lax, Geoff Teehan, and David Gillis, as well as several key members of the company will be joining Facebook.

As is its style, Teehan+Lax made the announcement this morning in a rather long and eloquent post on the company’s website, explaining the events that lead up to the decision. Here are a few highlights, although the whole piece is worth reading:

“Geoff, Dave and I met. We decided, for the first time in our history, that if we were about to undergo a large change in our company, we would take this moment to consider all available options. It was the first time in our history we contemplated that the future of Teehan+Lax might not look like the past.”

“Ultimately, the things we would get to do at Facebook, the people we would get to work with, the problems we get to solve were too compelling to say no to.”

Operating for twelve years in downtown Toronto, Teehan+Lax has worked for some of the largest Canadian Brands, including Bell, the Globe and Mail, and Telus, with the company’s most recent claim to fame undoubtedly being its work with Ev Williams on the design of Medium. The company had also staked out a singular identity for its unique perspective, sense of humour, and clean design.

Teehan+Lax’s blog post notes that the departure of partner Jeremy Bell in January 2014 was the initial trigger that led to the eventual Facebook departure. That Jeremy Bell is in fact the same Jeremy Bell who would go on to found Wattage, who we interviewed last November at Series 401.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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