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Think about your most thrilling conversations. Those you’ve had at that dream dinner party, or in the most private moments with lasting friends or enduring loves. You ask questions that cut to the heart and soul and invite a deeper connection.

That’s exactly where we start—with questions that get you thinking about your work in new and exciting ways, questions that help you look at your world with fresh eyes. They’re questions that push you past the answers you’re used to giving.

At The Hilt, stories are our trade. We believe they’re the driving force behind the most vibrant brands and the most memorable campaigns. We’re a curious lot, excited by your ideals and moved by your aspirations. What’s your unique take on the world? How do you want to be valued? What about you surprises people? Your answers bring your true story into focus.

Who we're working with

It's one thing to love what you do. It's another to love who you're doing it for.

"Every man has his own patch of earth to cultivate. What's important is that he dig deep." Jose Saramago

Adrift

It’s not just a retreat. It’s the freedom to be.

BBNC

Committed to shareholders, innovation, and the Native way of life.

Comcast

Ensuring success for young people through affordable Internet.

Cradlepoint

Providing cloud-delivered network solutions.

KEXP

KEXP

Building a new home for Seattle’s music community.

Metageek

Metageek

Creating visual solutions to unseen WiFi problems.

Next Steps Idaho

Preparing young Idahoans for college, work, and life.

Seattle Channel

Helping Seattleites discover their city through award winning programming.

Seattle Humane

A first-of-its-kind shelter and adoption center focused on animal health and happiness.

KUOW

Amplifying the voice of Seattle’s public radio.

Town Hall

A stage for the city that buzzes with ideas and action.

The Valley School

Celebrating the power of childhood.

Washington State University

Advocating for higher education across Washington State.

Starbucks

Celebrating community and supporting Seattle’s young musicians.

Seattle Met

Celebrating 10 years at the heart of the city.

Starbucks Reserve

Sharing a love of coffee and the stories behind the beans.

What We Do

Every day we get to do what we love most

In the world of creative agencies, there’s no shortage of good ideas. But an idea is not a story. An idea is the spark, a general notion. Yet ideas alone lack the richness and depth to rouse memories or stir emotion. So we don’t stop at good—or even great—ideas. Success or failure rides on unlocking and shaping the stories behind those ideas. And getting there requires a closer look.

Strategy & Storytelling Brand development

  • Audience Research
  • Brand Positioning
  • Brand Narrative
  • Brand Personality
  • Brand Messaging
  • Brand Voice & Vocabulary
  • Storytelling
  • Naming

Moments & Experiences Design, collateral, web

  • Logos
  • Touchpoint & Experience Design
  • Web Development
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Packaging Design
  • Publications and Annual Reports

Activation Campaigns and advertising

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Brand Launch
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO/SEM
  • Digital Marketing

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About Us

We love who we work with.

Sally

SALLY BOCK

STRATEGIST

A wolf in sheep’s clothing hunts down the boring and clichéd, guides the heroes and archetypes, and safely delivers home deep and lasting meaning for brands.

Strategy and planning, brand strategy, campaign strategy, client relations

Bryan

Bryan Cox

Creative Director

A quieter of anxiety with a marathon mind orchestrates and leads expert teams to perfect tremorous brands, all without breaking a sweat.

Creative direction, visual identity, design, web

Kevin

KEVIN PATNIK

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

An insomniac writer passes time with pen to paper, scratching out ideas—the best come in the middle of the night—to find the narrative thread that brings the world into alignment once again.

Creative direction, verbal identity, content strategy, advertising

Ben

Ben Krokower

Technology Director

A bike touring, brisket smoking super dad navigates a vast expanse of technologies to deliver practical, powerful solutions that impact the real world.

Systems architecture, technology management, strategy and operations

Judy

Judy Stuhmer

Art Director

An animated art director/drummer hammers out radical creative concepts while dispensing wisdom on life and workflow—never with the same boots twice.

Art direction, branding, print and web design

Ryan

Ryan Fitzgerald

Director of Business Development

A travel craving, taco-eating ginger shaping relationships one expectation at a time. Official prospector of people.

Business development, account management, shenanigans

Molly

Molly Beier

Director of Operations

A techno-dancing, cheese-loving middle child slays chaos and disorder with process and creativity to save all brandkind.

Operations, systems and processes, workflow, project management

Arnold

Arnold Phommavong

Senior Designer

A magical idealist of tiny proportions on a quest to distill brand clutter into simplicity and purity—one pixel at a time.

Strategy, branding, print and web design

Devin

Devin Crandall

Front-end Developer

A quippy, stylish dad wields code like a machete to transform ideas into reality, tagging content like a boss.

Web, interactive, responsive design, CMS implentation

Mary

Mary Mencke

Project Manager

A coffee-loving early bird whips project details into organized timelines to keep the work flowing.

Project coordination, workflow and timeline management

Emily Bedwell

Emily Bedwell

Production Designer

A baseball loving, typography nerd with a sharp wit never ceases to amaze by crushing design challenges of any scale, restoring a sense of calm (unless the Mariners are losing).

Print design, pre-press production, online advertising

Adrienne Lopez

Adrienne Lopez

Account Manager

In a world of spreadsheets and sample text, an undercover artist puts humor, experience, and first-hand knowledge of goat herding in a blender - creating her own special recipe for client success.

Account management, research, project planning and campaign strategy

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Copy Director

A noted meatball enthusiast takes the Liam Neeson approach to good copy: she will find your audience and she will write for it.

Content strategy, audience engagement, copywriting

Emily Owens

Emily Owens

Account Manager

A dad-joke-loving Alaskan strengthens client relationships by shrugging off confusion and buzzing her way through complex projects before finishing her night with a good book and a glass of malbec.

Account management, project planning and coordination

Krystina Rafanelli

Krystina Rafanelli

Project Manager

A beat-vibing Raider fan keeps creative shenanigans in-line and on time while ensuring her team delivers work that goes above and beyond expectations.

Project coordination, workflow and timeline management

Matt Davidson

Matt Davidson

Digital Marketing Director

A sometimes self-deprecating master of digital marketing dark arts finds time between all-inclusive resort stays to shovel heaps of impressions on the pile.

SEO, SEM and strategy

Christoph

Christoph Carmikle

Digital Designer

A pragmatist at heart, obsessively exploring the balance between science and art to not only tell compelling stories but do so in a meaningful manner that adds value to both the brand and the end users.

UX/UI, print and web design and branding

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