First User Group is a strategic innovation firm providing modern business strategy and cutting edge product design in digital, consumer electronics, and CPG.
A little history
Our Managing Partners were driving cabs and writing for local newspapers in San Francisco when this thing called the ‘Internet’ happened. They put up one of the very first websites and before long, people were calling them asking for help to get online. Rebel Consultants was born. Over the next 10 years, Rebel became the leading Information Architecture firm in San Francisco; bringing to life many of the online brands we use every day. Shortly after the dot-bomb we added consumer products to our strategy and design practice. And in 2008 we changed our name to ‘First User Group’ to reflect our commitment to the end-customer.
First User Group is owned by award-winning thought leaders in both Business Strategy and the world of design. They believe that knowledge of the customer is paramount in all strategic and design decisions, and that customer insights are the key to great products.
We are changing the world
The results of our customer-centric methodology is changing the world for the better. Our designs are in front of 90% of Americans every… single… day.
Our digital designs bring people together and deliver their news and allow them to get more done at work. Our electronic designs sit on the shelves of Target and Best Buy and Home Depot and thousands of other brick and online outlets across the globe.
We are proud of our work and in calling ourselves the design and strategic experts in the room. Despite our experience, we work to bring a clean slate to every project – no assumptions, no white-boarding your customer’s experience, no preconceived notions of how things should be done. We study the customer and then design. We strategize from raw data and leave the assumptions to other firms.
Our client manifesto
An Insight Into Our Success – We Study People
We study people. Anthropologically, behaviorally, cognitively, emotionally. We would argue that this study of people is the most important aspect of product design and strategic work, and by extension, your business.
We believe that all products can be at once useful, beautiful, and compelling. We believe that our methodology of studying people is the holy grail of strategy and product design, hence our name: We are the ‘First Users’ of whatever our clients are building.
Without exception, we make products better. Without exception, we make companies better.
The results of our work have won awards and accolades the world over.
Love where you live…
We travel most to Hong Kong and New York, but we work in two of the most user-friendly cities in the world, San Francisco, California and Boulder, Colorado. One at the base of the sea and the other at the base of the continental divide… if only we could squeeze these two places together!
We choose to live/work here because we know that quality of life is essential to doing great work. We do sometimes take extended trips to New York or London or Hong Kong, but then we wouldn’t be able to take a mind-clearing stroll on Baker Beach or climb Mount Sanitas on a Tuesday evening. Love where you live; and then work there too.