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Nov 16, 2010: Best UX firms in NYC

Sure, it's completely unscientific, but I've never heard this discussed anywhere. Probably because I don't get out enough. Personal foibles aside, I'm simply curious: which companies are doing the best user experience work in and around New York City? Could be large agencies, could be individuals. I'm not so much interested in companies whose sites or products provide great experiences; just companies who can help others do well.

Oh, and why are they so good? That'd be nice to know too.

If I get a reasonable set of responses—where the "votes" can be counted—I'll summarize and share my findings. And, for one time only here at Bloug, anonymous cowards are encouraged to comment:

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Comment: Dave Malouf (Nov 17, 2010)

Smart Design - best of breed of HF and IxD

Frog - completely strategic

Antenna - best story telling through design artifacts. Impactful!

Moment - great team of broad experienced designers

Method - solid thoughtful design work across lots of topic areas

HUGE - great combination of partners towards delivering great stories in their designs

Behavior - solid leadership, foundations of UX applied exactingly.

Comment: Donna Lichaw (Nov 17, 2010)

I'll second Moment - but I'm partial because I'm one of the awesome broadly experienced (I have a documentary film background) designers.

Also, I'm not too familiar with their work, but how about Big Spaceship?

Comment: Nick Finck (Nov 18, 2010)

I second the notion of Behavior. :)

Comment: Andrew Travers (Nov 18, 2010)

I'd second Dave's suggestion of Method. I've work as a freelancer with their team in London and think really highly of them. Very smart people producing some great work.

Comment: Vincent (Nov 20, 2010)

Def not HUGE. Remove from list.

Bridgelines NYC office has talent

Comment: Brian Kalma (Nov 29, 2010)

I've been talking with Moment, Hot Studio and Behavior all located (or at least with an office) here in NY and all seem pretty impressive. Heard mixed things about HUGE.

Being on the "client side" (hate that term, but I use it anyways) I am always looking for adaptability when choosing a UX partner. Who can not only do great work, but adapt to rapidly changing (and somewhat nutty) client needs while remaining true to what makes a firm great. I am in the process of evaluating a few NY firms (noted above, plus a few non-local ones) to choose as a partner for our work here at Gilt.

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