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 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:
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.
Tari Launches to Revolutionize Digital Assets
Tari announced today that it is developing a new blockchain protocol that will make it massively easier to manage and monetize digital assets.
Wait, what's blockchain? And who's it for? Blockchain is a decentralized ledger technology that records cryptocurrency transactions. And while there are other blockchains that allow users to trade digital assets, this is the first protocol optimized for digital assets specifically — which means it will be scalable for businesses. That means huge opportunities for gaming, loyalty programs and event ticketing, in particular.
So how will it be used? First up, Tari will sell tickets, e.g., to concerts and sporting events, on the blockchain. Today, event tickets can’t be controlled after they’re distributed. The secondary market for tickets is estimated to exceed $15 billion by 2020, and the artists, teams, promoters and others involved currently don’t share in this.
John Pleasants, former CEO of Ticketmaster and former COO of Electronic Arts, said Tari will “help all parties in the entertainment industry recover billions in lost revenue by better enabling how tickets are sold and re-sold … It’s a way of facilitating legitimate free trade across many industries.”
A new visual identity. Diving into the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain, Office collaborated with the team to create Tari's new identity and yet-to-be released cryptocurrency. The system is a modern visual representation of digital assets — the gems are a nod to “cryptocurrency mining,” the term used for verifying and adding transactions to the blockchain.
Backed by veterans.Tari’s co-founders are ticketing veteran and Ticketfly co-founder Dan Teree, cryptocurrency pioneer Riccardo ‘fluffypony’ Spagni, and serial entrepreneur and angel investor Naveen Jain. The company is backed by leading venture capital funds, including Redpoint, Trinity Ventures, Canaan Partners, Slow Ventures and others.