Office is a San Francisco-based creative studio that crafts strategies and designs experiences to make things better.
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.
Over the past 12+ 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:
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.
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.
Creating stuff for pirates
826 Valencia, named for its address in San Francisco’s Mission District, is the flagship location for 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for kids. When its founders learned that the center’s potential space was zoned for retail use, they met city regulations by opening a pirate supply store. Since then, the unconventional storefront — a wildly imaginative, inspiring experience — has helped draw kids into its free educational programs held in the back of the building.
From beard extensions to bilge water
We helped 826’s co-founder Dave Eggers reinvigorate the store by creating an identity system, signage, posters, T-shirts and nearly 50 new pirate products — like Peg Leg Oil (which lends your leg an appearance that says, “I can walk quickly when necessary”), Captain Blackbeard’s Beard Extensions (French-forked), and an all-purpose Treasure Shining Kit (to remove tarnish grime, dirt, salt, blood and guilt).
We immersed ourselves in all things pirate — from scouring the public library to touring old wooden ships. And then we conjured up an 18th century pirate walking into a 21st century store to pick up a few things.
Sharing the booty
Proceeds from the sale of the products support 826 Valencia’s programs for kids. Following the launch of the new products, online sales quintupled, raising visibility and funds for the organization. (Buy yours here.) The innovative concept has been replicated in eight 826 National chapters and storefronts around the country, including Brooklyn’s Superhero Supply Store, Boston’s Bigfoot Research Institute, and LA’s Time Travel Mart.
Branding & Identity
Retail & Environments
AIGA 365: 30
AIGA San Francisco cause/effect, People’s Choice Award
California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction
Chicago International Poster Biennial
Communication Arts Design Annual 50
Graphis Design Annual
How International Design Annual
I.D. Annual Design Review
Iowa State University College of Design’s 30 and Beyond Exhibit
One Show, Silver Pencil
Print Regional Design Annual
STEP Design Annual 100
Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibit
Type Directors Club Design Annual 55