Hourglass Studios

Creating classy and timeless designs as well as innovative fine art portraits.


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Graphic Design Boutique

Hourglass Studios is a San Francisco based boutique graphic design and branding firm, specializing in helping small to medium businesses find their identity for continued growth.

Building long-lasting relationships with our clients is at the center of what we do. Our unique approach to design is a collaborative engagement. Contact Hourglass Studios today.

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Design Services

Design Portfolio


Nick Palladino, The Big Yogi, Headshot

Nina's work and dedication to my website design and branding has been nothing short of amazing. She provided me excellent graphic design, content creation and general theme guidance in an extremely efficient and professional manner. I would suggest her work to anyone looking to create and or better their website and branding.

Nick Palladino | The Big Yogi

Stephanie Yeh, Headshot, Your Divine

On top of all her artistic skills, Nina is an absolute joy to work with. She's helped me execute my vision for a logo and branding for my apparel company in addition to providing in-person design consultations for my T-shirts. She continues to help me refine my designs with her exceptional Adobe Illustrator skills. The girl has magic hands!

Stephanie Yeh | Owner of Your Divine

Abby and Eric, Wedding Clients

We asked Nina to do an illustration for our wedding logo, and after giving her a vague idea of what we wanted, she came back to us with a very personalized design! Nina isn't only creative but she is very responsive, diligent and a pleasure to collaborate with!

Abby & Eric | Engaged Couple in SF

Guillermo Suárez, Photographer, Headshot

Highly recommended designer, artist, and consummate professional. An eye for aesthetics that is hard to find in this oversaturated market. Anyone working with the likes of her would be truly privileged. Efficient in her work and quality is paramount. Cannot stress how much of a joy it was working with Nina.

Guillermo Suárez | Professional Photographer

Cyrus Khambatta, Owner of Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness, Headshot

Nina has been helping with the photo editing on my website and I would be nowhere without her. She is a delight to work with, she is a master at Photoshop, and she has a great working knowledge of how to use social media for business. With Nina, the answer is always “yes.” The quality of her work is exceptional, and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Cyrus Khambatta | Owner of Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness, LLC

Gina Gochez, Gochees Pizza

I loved working with Nina. Besides being an extremely nice person to work with she truly is a magnificent graphic artist. She took my ideas of a design I had in my head and made it come to life in my logo.

Gina Gochez | Owner of Gochees Pizza

Lisa Hori-Garcia, Headshot

Nina is the ideal team player to have on any project. She's not only professional and talented but so easy to collaborate with and extremely flexible and fun. I've been working with her at SFMT in our educational department for several years, and have found her fresh and innovative ideas to be priceless. Nina has been helping us create a new branding look for the 20th anniversary of our Youth Theater Project. Her experience with this program the last few years in creating recruitment materials, social media engagement and show poster designs has been indispensable. We were very lucky to find her!

Lisa Hori-Garcia | YTP Program Director

Our Clients Include

San Francisco Mime Troupe
Logo, Gochees Pizza
Logo, MeezyFit
The Big Yogi, Square Logo
Logo, Rhonda Weiche
Logo, PITME
Well Deserved
Logo, Mangoman Nutrition
Logo, Drip! Mobile Espresso
Intrinsic Body Inc.
Logo, Strawbenders
Logo, Guillermo Suárez Photography
Your Divine
Logo, Matto Crisps
Logo, Saint Jack Photography
KMiTa Swing
Logo, Someday Sweethearts
Logo, The Sweet Sixteen Chorus Girls