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Analog Research Laboratory

2010–2013

The Facebook Analog Research Laboratory is a printing studio and workshop. Its primary goal is to produce work internally that reinforces the hacker / maker values of Facebook.







We hired our good friends at  New Bohemia Signs to come hand paint everything for us.










Printing Demos

Shortly after we got the lab up and running and started putting out posters people all over the company started contacting us with ideas for new posters or projects. Instead of doing it for them, we invited them to come make it themselves, and offered classes to show them how the process worked. This has become one of the most popular team activities at Facebook, and we host demos every week.






Artist in Residence

Instead of simply buying artwork and hanging it up at our campus we wanted to bring in artists to work with us. Facebook has a strong hacker / maker culture, and seeing the process of making something is as important as the work that is left behind. We've had tremendous success with this program so far.



Tucker Nichols A+B

Barbara Holmes
Jay Nelson Jay Nelson

Jet Martinez
David Wilson Lucky Dragons

Brian Barneclo

History

Since we started at Facebook in 2008, Everett Katigbak and I had dreamed of having a place to make things. Everett had a background in letterpress, and I in screen printing. In 2010, through some friends on the facilities team, we gained unofficial access to a warehouse and setup shop. Since then it's grown into one of the most visible places on Facebook's campus.


Ben & Everett in the original Analog Lab

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Work done while employed by Facebook.