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.
Bigfoot Art Show
Celebrating Yeti (for kids)
Office conceived, curated and designed “I Don’t Believe in You Either,” a Bigfoot-inspired art exhibition benefitting 826 Valencia (home of the Pirate Supply Store) and 826 Boston (home of the Bigfoot Research Center), the world’s most inspiring nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for kids. Inspired by 826 Boston’s storefront, we nailed down the theme immediately after a stop by the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in the Santa Cruz mountains.
After searching Gold Country, Reno and the Mission for amazingly awful old landscape paintings, we created and painted new Bigfoot-inspired art over them, hoping to make the pieces as covetable as they were in their wood-paneled family room heyday. This resulted in a collection of 38 original, framed paintings and 100 vintage postcards, as well as a limited-edition show poster.
Really talented friends
We also invited a bunch of local artist friends, including Lisa Congdon, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hische, Eric Marinovich, to reimagine Northern California tree stumps, based on their own interpretations of Bigfoot.
Little perspectives on Bigfoot
We worked with kids in 826 Valencia’s programs to write descriptions of each art piece in their own (awesome) words. Then we featured them in the exhibit, giving attendees a sense of what their contributions were supporting.
There was an overwhelming response to the sold-out show, which helped raise awareness of and fund 826’s kids’ programs. Big, big thanks to our generous sponsor, The Bold Italic; our kind supporters David Barrett and Magnolia Pub & Brewery; our crazy-talented guest artists; and the 826 kids who keep us all searching for Yeti.
Retail & Environments
Art Directors Club, Silver Cube
Communication Arts Design Annual 54
Communication Arts Typography Annual 4
One Show Design, Silver Pencil
Type Directors Club 59, Judge's Choice Award