My bona fides


As a fifth-grader, I co-edited a horse newsletter, which, truthfully, overdid sulky racing. A few years later, I edited Better Halls and Gardens, a zine at Indiana University in Bloomington, where I was a resident assistant and journalism major. Sadly, neither is preserved in the Library of Congress.

I launched Squint because I wanted to bring to a wider group of clients what I've learned as an award-winning, in-house writer/editor for Rutgers University, Drew University, and The College of New Jersey.


"Imbued with personality"


Renée Olson has a voice — and she’s not afraid to use it. As editor of Drew Magazine, her witty and intelligent voice worked to draw readers into and through all of the elements of the magazine. Short news items, headlines, features — all were imbued with personality in such a way as to create an impression of a particular university made of real people. In fact, Renée’s work — whether writing, editorial, or design — is smart, savvy, and exceptional.

Sally Ann Flecker, former editor, Pitt Magazine



"Smarty cool"

Few people really 'get' the design process. Renée is the rare exception. Working with her makes everything more than just ok. Even when we would go to the brink of self-destruction she would get us back on track by being her smarty cool self.

Rick Valicenti, Thirst founder and design director and winner of the 2011 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design



"Whole package"

Renée is as complete an editor as I've worked with as a professional journalist. She has a sharp sense for compelling stories and a facility for clear and innovative design. Renée has hired me to write dozens of stories over the past decade, and each one has been made better by her editorial direction. As an editor, she's the whole package.

Christopher Hann,
and a former senior editor at New Jersey Monthly



"What agency did this?"

Savvy principal at the Boston-based search firm Development Guild, posing the question to Drew University's VP of advancement while looking at materials for One And All: The Campaign for Drew


"Made me think I'll have my daughter look at Drew"

Kind judge, in their comments about Drew Magazine for the Gold Circle of Excellence Award from the Washington, D.C.–based Council for the Advancement and Support of Education