Designer Appreciation Post

We have the utmost respect for the visual crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers. In the first of an ongoing series, we wanted to give due props to the artists we’re stalking. Thanks for making stuff beautiful.

Hische got curves like whoa Hische got curves like whoa


Jessica Hische

Our tippy top favorite word nerd, Hische travels the world speaking on typography and letter-making while raking up the awesome-ist clients. From Dave Eggers to Wes Anderson, The Criterion Collection to Penguin Books; she has a resume of stunning work. Creating typefaces that are not only easy-on-the-eye but also remain compelling as a story on it’s own, Hische make letters say more than we thought possible.


Amen, Mr. King Amen, Mr. King

 Damian King

We’ve been a fan of DSF clothing company in San Francisco for some time now, and find ourselves drawn to the screen-printed T-shirts of Damian King most often. Fusing typography and illustration, he makes “Getting Shit Done” look beautiful enough to wear proudly on our chests.


Sobierajski gets handsy Sobierajski gets handsy

Leta Sobierajski

An accidental stumble down the Internet rabbit hole led us to Sobierajski’s work and we immediately connected to her art. We assume she has some kind of wizardry power over color and texture, because she employs every skill to make her subjects pulsate off the page (or screen).


Indeed, a Young Jerk Indeed, a Young Jerk

Dan Cassaro

 Another one of our hyped-type-pros, Cassaro’s style has a classic feel with a modern simplicity. Whether it’s a coupon for fine dinging or GIFs for MTV, he has a distinct sense of play to his work that we admire and lust after in our everyday. Hell, if we had our druthers, every crappy logo out there would get a Cassaro facelift.


Nieminen has a lotta skill (get it?) Nieminen has a lotta skill (get it?)

Lotta Nieminen 

After catching Nieminen at an Airbnb Design Talk, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her stunning illustrations and charming presence. Evoking whimsy and detail, her art has a life of it’s own. Collaborating with chic clients like Hermes and Volkswagen, the self-proclaimed “accidental illustrator” makes perfectly contained worlds that seem to embrace the viewer in their simplicity and also keeps them on the outside looking in.

How We Go A-Travelin’: Part One

We’re big travelers here at Oliver + Sons. The beauty of working with a variety of clients all over the place, and the freedom of doing most of that work online and remotely, is that we get the opportunity to adventure to new places. Whether it’s living in Spain for three months, to a week from Bodega Bay, I love the autonomy of this business and the traveling we get to do.

In the spirit of this, and because summertime vacations are not quite done with, here’s my tech that gets me from Point A to Point Awesome.

  • TripIt – This handy app is a great way to store ticket information and reservations; a simply forward email from your airline and the app organizes it all into different “Trips” which you can customize accordingly. If you’re like us, then you prefer to obsessively check flight status – this is your new favorite app.
  • Hotel Tonight – Providing a quick fix when you’re in a pickle, an accommodation pickle, that is. Book last minute rooms in a snap (at discounted rates, usually). However, if you’re in a city with little hotel saturation and/or conferences in town, you might be outta luck.
  • Foursquare – Checking in is not just something to do to show you’re friends where you’re at. They’ve upped the game to include some helpful reviews and “Nearby” attractions. If you’ve got some time to spare, Foursquare is a great resource to help you find some local gems.
  • Google Maps – Okay so it sounds a little paranoid, but we love maps ahead of time. In fact, we’ve been known “map out” all the destinations, restaurants, hotel, and driving directions with labels, notes, and links. It might sound crazy but it comes in handy with a multi-person adventure as a must-have resource. You can even print it out when you know the area might be difficult for Wi-Fi, hence tricky to pull up on your smart phone. Read this How To for clarity on custom maps.


This is a super basic list, we know. But it’s a good start for anyone about to make the most of that vacation time. Send us a postcard when you get there and stay tuned for some more in-depth travel tips and hacks as we cash in our airline miles and prep our Visas.