OVERVIEW

Hint is a creative agency founded in 2006. We have partnered with Nike, Fender, Backcountry, Cotopaxi,  American Eagle Outfitters, Aerie, DC Shoes, Skullcandy, GNC, Museum of Arts and Design, Harvard University, HSN, The Grand America Hotels & Resorts, Rodan + Fields and more.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of visual designers, art directors and brand strategists. We are collaborative, flexible, responsive, passionate and grounded in purpose.

Our portfolio includes identity systems, books, catalogs, brochures, magazines, annual reports, commercials, web sites, packaging and advertising.

PHILOSOPHY

We are built on the idea that little things can have a big impact. That every interaction and every experience at every touch point, is an opportunity to communicate the brand personality and reinforce the brand promise. Whenever a brand is rooted in a strategic insight the brand visuals, voice, and experiences invest the brand with meaning and purpose.

PROCESS

Our network and collaborative process sets us apart and makes us nimble. Each project gets its own purpose-built team - exactly the right size with exactly the right expertise. Collaborating with your team, we discover and define the opportunities and brand objectives. We then build and execute a plan to achieve those objectives. Our process consists of 3 phases:

PHASE 1:
Discovery & Planning

The first phase of our process sets the standard from which all creative is measured.

PHASE 2:
Definition & Design

The second phase sets the creative process in motion, developing ideas that solve the criteria defined in phase one.

PHASE 3:
Production & Execution

The third phase is more than just following the creative blueprint set in phase two. It is where true craftsmanship carefully transforms ideas into reality.

SERVICES

Brand Creation. Brand Renewal. Brand Longevity.

HINT SERVICES

  • Brand & Product Identity
  • Packaging Design
  • Catalog Design
  • Publication Design
  • Digital Design
  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • Brand strategy
  • Messaging strategy

HINT PARTNER SERVICES

  • Web development
  • Motion Graphics
  • Mobile and iOS development
  • Photography
  • Environmental design
  • Event Planning
  • Video Mapping

TEAM

CHRISTIAN HANSEN / Principal | Creative Director

With over 23 years of design and art direction experience in apparel, beauty, resort and institutional brands. Christian blends simplicity and substance to create, enhance, and evolve brands.

Christian has led projects for Nike, Fender, Aerie, American Eagle Outfitters, DC Shoes, Sundance Resort, GNC, HSN, Rodan + Fields, and Skullcandy. His award winning work has been recognized in, Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual, One Show, AIGA 100 and Type Directors Club.

This office DJ enjoys movies, snow skiing, hiking, art / photography, and trips to NYC, SF, and Hawaii. Currently, he spends his evenings doing bedtime routines with his 2 small children, hopefully watching a favorite show, and trying to charm his leading lady.

ANALISA ESTRADA / Art Director

A devoted student of all, Analisa draws inspiration from her clients. Your passion becomes hers as she strives to create a fresh, genuine and engaging image for your brand.

Analisa’s past experience includes both in-house and agency. She has worked with clients such as Intel, Rio Tinto, 3form, 1-800 Contacts, Luxottica and Deseret Book. Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print Magazine and AIGA.

Analisa’s after-work life is filled with husband, son and puppy time, as well as community outreach, fixing up her midcentury home, and filling a group Etsy shop with lovely paper products.

CINTHYA LOPEZ / Art Director

Cinthya is passionate about establishing meaning in every design. She strives to live by her favorite quote “Design is thinking made visual” —Saul Bass.

She has lived and worked professionally in both the United States and Mexico on projects and clients such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Esquire Magazine, HSN, Rodan + Fields, Jouany Perfumes, and DC Shoes.

Cinthya’s publishing house and creative agency experience have molded her into a unique vibrant designer. Her work has been recognized professionally by Graphis, Communication Arts, and AIGA.

When Cinthya is not creating, the best part of her day is spent enjoying play time with her two bambinos, tracking down her favorite taco truck, or curling up to a good movie.

IAN SULLIVAN / Designer

Ian firmly believes in the power of design and its ability to excite and inspire. He does this by first identifying the right problems to solve and then explores how to connect emotionally with his audiences. This approach is rewarding and allows Ian to feel a sense of fulfillment while generating meaningful results for his clients.

Design is in Ian’s blood. His education started at an early age under the guidance of his designer mother (Linda Reynolds) and then at Brigham Young University’s BFA program in graphic design. He then worked alongside Jeff Streeper at Modern Identity in New York City where he gained an appreciation for publication design and Annie Leibovitz and her photography. Ian has worked for both in-house brands and design studios. He has partnered and collaborated with brands such as: Novell, SUSE, BYU Department of Visual Arts, and Sonic Drive In.

Ian is a self-proclaimed Apple, Blizzard, and Nintendo fan-boy. He loves movies and music, and could eat popcorn at all hours of the day. He and his lovely wife together enjoy spending time and taking care of their two endearing Furr-baby cats. (Figaro and Zara)

GARRY PALMER / Account Manager

Garry is passionate about bringing joyful order to the creative process and strives to bring organizational sensibility to all his projects. From managing small intimate projects to large complex branding projects, Garry thrives in all environments, and he promises to keeps it fun and personal while getting things done.

Over Garry’s career, he’s helped keep teams aligned and projects organized for such brands as: Sundance Film Festival, Fitbit, Verizon, The Grand America Hotels & Resorts, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and Whole Foods.

When he’s not guiding creative projects, Garry is on the road experiencing life both near and far: from the Utah and Colorado mountains to South East Asia. His favorites spots so far have been Cuba, Sweden, and Thailand. He loves: old country music, baseball (SF Giants are his team), and The National (his favorite band). But what tops it all is spending time with his daughter, Lowe.

CHELSEA SHIELDS / Brand Strategist & Consultant Partner

Chelsea has deep experience in research and strategy from her background as an anthropology professor. She brings this broad training and evidence-based mentality to help companies around the world create brands that resonate with people.

Chelsea has dual-Ph.D’s from Boston University in cultural and biological anthropology and has spent the last decade applying that learning to business contexts via ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative research; brand, content, and learning strategy; and adoption and change management.

Outside of Hint, Chelsea is a mother, TED fellow, speaker and activist. She provides brand strategy to many local start-ups and non-profit organizations.

JASMINE ROTH / Designer Partner

Jasmine’s passion for design is founded in the idea that timeless design principles, combined with innovative thinking creates the most meaningful solutions. She is driven by her a favorite quote by Bradford Shellhammer— “Originality, beauty, aesthetics–these are needed, but I am much more interested in the problem design solves and more importantly the people’s whose lives are changed, even if just a little.”

Jasmine holds a BFA in Graphic Design.  She has worked with a variety of clients such as Elite Leather Company, Sonic Drive In, You & Your’s Italian Spirits, DUX beds and Pinhole Press.

When Jasmine is away from work, you can find her either immersed in a book; perhaps training for a half marathon, or trying out a new recipe from Bon Appetit.

EMILY LUDLOW / Designer Partner

For Emily, good design is derived from a full life– a vast well of collected experience always yields fresh results.

Emily holds a BFA in Graphic Design and received a minor in art history, a combination of creative studies that often influences her design. She has worked with clients such as Martha Stewart Living, Macy’s, Brigham Young University, and Fender. Her work has been recognized by Graphis and The American Advertising Federation.

Emily spends her free time painting, biking with her dog, eating Kolaches, and exploring small towns with her husband.