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Feb 21, 2013

We Love Our Space, Here’s Why

When we set out to transform our San Francisco office in 2011, we wanted to create a space that was like us: creative, collaborative, fun, and also hardworking. It’s been an ongoing, evolutionary process ever since, but so far we’re thrilled with the results.

Feb 15, 2013

The Writing’s on the Walls (Part 2)





Feb 13, 2013

The Writing’s on the Walls (Part 1)

We’ve all been there: standing on the platform waiting for a train, or idling at a stoplight, or walking home with the dry cleaning, when suddenly it hits: THE GREATEST IDEA EVER.

Jan 08, 2013

What’s Hot in 2013?


Friends, family, colleagues, collaborators, partners: Happy New Year from everyone at Hot Studio. We hope the year ahead brings you happiness, good health, and much success.

Dec 05, 2012

Inside Hot Sketchbooks

For a lot of us at Hot Studio, sketching is second nature. It's how we generate, explore, and demonstrate ideas. It's how we express what we think.

Drawing out ideas is part of our creative process. We have whiteboards everywhere—even whiteboard tables. A lot of us also keep sketchbooks. As a way of sharing a part of our culture, we thought we'd share some photos of pages from our sketchbooks. Take a peek:


Oct 17, 2012

Right-Brain Aerobics

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Francisco Franco
User Experience Designer

We all know that it's good to keep the muscles in the body fit. The reasoning is simple: what doesn't get used atrophies. But not only do the muscles in our body need to be exercised, it is also very important to keep our mind in shape—especially the "creative" muscles.

With the day-to-day of working for a design firm, meeting deadlines, and making sure we hit our clients' expectations, it's easy to neglect taking our creative brain to the gym. Last Wednesday the UX team at Hot Studio decided it was time to practice some basic concepts: testing and iteration.

Oct 03, 2012

Hot Studio Among Top Hundred Women-Owned Businesses

For the seventh year in a row, the San Francisco Business Times has named Hot Studio one of the top one hundred women-owned businesses in San Francisco.

The list, which also features companies like Stella & Dot, W. Bradley Electric, and ASI Corp. in addition to Hot, ranks businesses according to annual revenue. This year, Hot comes in at #26, up from #38 in 2011, and #91 when first debuting on the list in 2006.

Aug 14, 2012

A Party 15 Years in the Making


On Friday night, August 3, Hot Studio held its 15th anniversary celebration at CHAMBERS eat + drink in the Tenderloin’s funky, wonderful Phoenix Hotel. Nearly 400 people turned out for the party, including one hundred Hotties, past and present.

At a company-wide meeting held earlier in the day, Founder and CEO Maria Giudice summed up the evening’s mood: “This is for all of you.”

Aug 08, 2012

Hot Honored for Loving Babies (and Boobs)

Hot Studio was one of six companies to receive the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award from the California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) in 2012. Every year the CBC recognizes employers with outstanding worksite support for breastfeeding employees.

The six recipients this year were as diverse as our state. They included the Southern California region of Kaiser Permanente, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, Reiter Berry Farms and Affiliates, the Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc., and... Hot Studio!

May 29, 2012

SXSW Recap (Part 4): Learning from Failure

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Maria Giudice
CEO & Founder

Note: This is the last of four posts recapping “Moms (plus one Dad) vs. Management,” a talk on the parallels between parenting and management given by Hot CEO Maria Giudice and an all-star group of panelists.

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