About the partners


Claudia de almeida

Lover of all things related to letterforms, Claudia left her home in the south of Brazil at age 18 to study design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

After graduation, she worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning designer and art director at titles including T:, the New York Times style magazine; The New York Times magazine; Blender; More; New YorkDomino special editions; Gourmet special editions; and Men's Health. In 2013, she headed west to serve as design director at Wired

Inspired by her instructors at SVA, Claudia went on to teach there; and she continues to educate designers-in-training through type classes at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is also the education co-chair for the San Francisco chapter of AIGA.

In 2014, Claudia launched o Banquinho with the redesign of Real Simple magazine. Now she spends her time working on projects she loves; jetting between San Francisco, New York City, Seattle and anywhere great projects take her.

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Margaret Swart

Margaret grew up in Bozeman, Montana and studied graphic design at Montana State University. Loathe to leave the lovely locale, she designed t-shirt graphics at a local silkscreen shop before heading to San Francisco.

Her roots are in editorial design, starting at Women's Sports & Fitness where she was hired just as the magazine was being redesigned by Pentagram (bonus!). She continued on to multiple gigs within the IDG magazine family (including Publish and another Pentagram redesign) before being hired as creative director at a software marketing consulting firm.   

After an intense several years developing corporate branding and collateral, she opened her own studio, only to be lured back to the editorial arena to work at Wired with design phenom (and now editor in chief) Scott Dadich. 

When she discovered that the gold country in the Sierra Nevada foothills felt like home, she moved to the sticks and reopened her studio, but not before meeting future o Banquinho partner Claudia de Almeida. 

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