Office is a San Francisco-based creative studio that crafts strategies and designs experiences to make things better.

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What We Do

We work with leading brands and emerging businesses to clarify their stories and create meaningful experiences that matter to people. This includes brand strategy, visual identities, packaging, advertising, digital experiences, communications and environments. We don’t have a singular, proprietary process; we adapt to the unique needs, work processes and internal cultures of each client. But we find the most successful (and fun) relationships are truly collaborative. And the very best work is created together. In 2014, Office was awarded the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award to honor lasting achievement in American design and recognize excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life. The Office team was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Our Clients

Over the past 13 years, we’ve been fortunate to help build brands we believe in. Whether a global Fortune 100 company or Silicon Valley start-up, for us, it’s about the organization’s potential and the client’s courage to differentiate through design. Some of our partners, past and present, include:

Our Studio

Office is located in the vibrant and almost always sunny Mission District of San Francisco, in what used to be a window factory. Our team of experienced strategists, designers, writers and account directors are intensely curious and passionate about designing better experiences. Being a small studio keeps us collaborative, fast, flexible and creative. It helps us build close, long-term partnerships with our clients. And it allows our core leadership team to be involved in every project we take on.

Leadership

Jill Robertson / President

Jill leads our strategy engagements and helps our clients make a positive impact. She gets excited about imaginative ideas, clarity and iced chai.

  • Used to be a speechwriter. Today she writes brand stories for her clients, and bedtime stories for her twin boys.
  • Co-founded Wee Society, a kids’ brand that aims to spark creativity and encourage kindness.
  • Was raised in rural Iowa (home to Albert, the world’s largest bull).
Jason Schulte / Founder & Creative Director

Jason helps our team create differentiated work that emotionally resonates with people.

  • Has received lots of design awards, including this one. Keeps them all in the bathroom.
  • Brings Elvis with him to work every day.
  • Grew up in Green Mountain, Iowa (where there’s no mountain).
Rob Alexander / Creative Director

Rob subscribes to Dieter Rams’ mantra, “less, but better.” He starts with a million ideas, then relentlessly edits to find the simplest way to tell the client’s story.

  • Favorite pirate-related project (so far).
  • Dad to Finn, who is also a crazy-talented illustrator.
  • Never, ever gets flustered. No matter how hard we try.
Emily Bolls / Strategist

Emily has 15+ years experience developing consumer-inspired marketing and communications strategies. Clients appreciate her clarity, candor and ability to lead productive discussions in record time.

  • Started her career as a writer and editor for business and tech magazines.
  • As stroke seat on her crew team, she set the pace and rhythm for the boat. Same goes for her projects.
  • Awarded “most fun to be around” in her 8th grade yearbook.
Cindy Wu / Operations & Account Director

Cindy makes sure we get things done. She completely gets the creative process. And she never, ever misses a deadline.

  • Leads large-scale global projects for P&G, PepsiCo and others.
  • Does obstacle racing.
  • Passionate about organization, clarity and snacks.
Reva Parness / Account Director

Reva has more than 13 years experience exceeding her clients’ expectations. Don’t be fooled by her relaxed vibe – she never misses a detail.

  • Has led Office’s engagements with Whole Foods, Google, Fisher-Price and 826 Valencia.
  • Into interior design, photography and tillandsias.
  • Grew up in Los Angeles, where she may or may not have worked as the personal assistant to Mrs G. from The Facts of Life.
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09.26.2012

Reimagining urban space: Public Works international design exhibition

Public Works, an international design exhibition opening in October, aims to bring greater attention to the issues of public space, access and livability of our cities. PUBLIC Bikes invited 27 designers, including Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman, Geoff McFetridge, Jason Munn, Stephan Sagmeister, Jason Schulte and others, to interpret the bike and concept of “public,” with a vision to improve our cities. “If anyone doubts that designers can greatly improve our public world, one only needs to look at the impact that Milton Glaser’s iconic I heart New York logo and slogan had on New York,” said PUBLIC Bikes Founder Rob Forbes. “Glaser came up with this logo in 1977, a time when New York was struggling financially and culturally ... What to do? Rudy Giuliani had one solution — come down hard on crime. Milton Glaser had another — create love for the city. He created his logo pro bono because he cared so much for the city and because he is an extraordinary public citizen. Such an act of generosity — the logo inspired a song and seeded a million other derivative marketing efforts around the world. It may be the greatest piece of public design and the most influential modern logo ever created. And the logo just gets better over time.” PUBLIC’s focus on improving the character of our cities — by getting people to ride a bike and smile more — was the impetus for Office co-founder and creative director Jason Schulte to get involved. “Can designers save cities? Maybe not. But I do know that PUBLIC bikes are the second-happiest way to get from point A to point B. Right behind jet packs,” he said. The Public Works launch begins with exhibitions of 27 large-scale posters in San Francisco at California College of the Arts (October 9–11) and SPUR (October 23-26), and in New York at the FLOS Gallery (October 18–25). All posters can be viewed and purchased online and through PUBLIC Bikes stores. Books, T-shirts and other products will be available shortly.

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