Crafting tools that help people work online

Product Development Studio

By Philip I. Thomas

I founded the The Contraption Company to improve how people work online. So many of our knowledge work practices come from factories, and I believe they should be rethought for the digital age. Learn more about me on, and contact me at [email protected]

A philosophy of dependability

Simple, reliable tools

We build for the long term. We will maintain products that have customers.

Explicit business models

We don't sell your data. We won't price gouge you.

Utility, not noise

We build calm products. We don't bother you with constant notifications or annoying emails.

Support from humans

We have real people who answer your questions and fix problems. (Say hi at [email protected])

Building dependable tools

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