About

A little history of Hairpin/HHD… In 1998, we started Hamilton Hughes Design (HHD) with a simple goal: to create beautiful design for clients that help make our world a better place. We worked with: activists, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, futurists, scientists, educators, rabble-rousers and truth-tellers. A decade later, we started Hairpin Communications as a way to offer even more services, like branding and marketing strategy, to our clients. In 2016, we said, “Look, we’re living like a family so why not make it official?” We sealed the union and Hairpin/HHD was born.

Hairpin/HHD thrives on working with mission-driven, passionate organizations and individuals. We are a creative and strategic partner. We believe the best work comes from collaboration, honest communication, a lot of elbow grease and a having a heap of fun.

Whether your goal is to attract clients or supporters, raise awareness or money, shape the debate or delight, agitate or inspire, we’ll help you communicate what’s at the heart of your brand. What makes you different? Let’s figure it out!

Robert Hamilton

Principal / Creative Director

Robert has more than 25 years’ experience as creative director, art director and designer. He has wide-ranging know-how, designing identity and branding systems, environmental experiences, packaging, print and websites. He has directed short films and video and is compulsive taker of photographs. He believes that every project is an opportunity to make something truly great.

Kristen Hughes

Principal / Creative Director

Kristen has over 20 years of experience in creative direction and brand development. She is a multi-disciplinary designer covering brand identity, publications, packaging, animation, websites, interiors, exteriors and environmental experiences. A long time ago, Kristen studied fine art and journalism. She incorporates all those skills to this day. She was raised by two radically optimistic radicals. She’s the oldest of six and acts accordingly. She lives in Boston with her husband, Bob and their two teenage boys.

Brendan Hughes

Picture Editor, Animator & Designer

Brendan began his career in the theater, and credits running three theater companies, directing one hundred plays, and attending the Yale School of Drama for developing his skills as a storyteller. His recent projects include videos for, The Kendall Foundation, Jumpstart, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Boston Creates. He was a graphics producer for a major network for over three years. He counts video editing, animation, color correction and post-production sound among his repertoire of skills. He also has a one-man show where he gives lectures that explores topics such as: Irony and Mediocrity. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Emily and their young son Oscar, a truck and train specialist.

Emily Topper

Cinematographer

Emily Topper is a documentary cinematographer. Emily started working in film on the PBS documentary “Gay Bingo” in 1999 where she got a taste of life behind a camera and has been hooked ever since. Her cinematography feature credits include the 2015 Emmy winner for Best Documentary,  “After Tiller,” “Ain’t In it For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm,” “All Fall Down,” and “Elemental.” Her most recent feature, “Departures,” about a Buddhist priest and his fight against the isolation of mental illness, will premiere in 2017. Emily is currently in production on “Sentinels,” a multi-media production about climate change and adaptation in the Andes in Peru. She was raised in Baltimore, earned a BA from Swarthmore College in Literature, and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. (Emily’s reel)

Erin Bloom

Marketing & Communication Strategist / Producer

Erin is experienced in guiding brand initiatives, implementation and developing marketing plans. She has designed social media strategies and campaigns. She keeps projects on track and the trains on time. Erin has a BA in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey and an MA in Health Communication from Emerson College. She grew up in New Jersey. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Mike. She will drive miles to find a small brewery. She is weirdly talented at horror make-up.

Noah Kuhn

Web Developer

Noah is an experienced website developer, working in WordPress, ExpressionEngine, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL and more. He is the sole proprietor of  Pilotmade. When he’s not building intuitive, elegant, fast loading sites, he is taking photos. He studied at Boston College. He lives in Amherst, MA with his family.

Shaun Adamec

Consulting Communication Strategist

Shaun Adamec consults with mission-driven organizations of all sizes to help them find their voice. Shaun is an experienced writer and storyteller, helping to develop narrative, voice, tone and messaging for some of the nation’s most noteworthy nonprofit brands, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Red Cross, and City Year, as well as local and regional organizations like the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, and the animal rescue league of Boston. Shaun has also directed the communications strategies for political campaigns and elected officials. Shaun holds a BA in Political Science from Providence College and an MA in Government and Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife and three small children outside Boston. He is the founder of Adamec Communications.

Craig Bida

Consulting Brand Strategist

An idealist with a practical side, Craig is a brand strategist, storyteller, and multi-sector expert. He helps brands and organizations create simultaneous social and economic value by engaging stakeholders around critical societal issues. Craig has deep expertise leveraging corporate social responsibility (CSR), strategic philanthropy, and public-private partnerships to create competitive advantage. Craig worked as a marketing executive at P&G for +11 years, was formerly EVP of CSR/Social Impact at Cone Communications, and has served as strategic advisor to a range of clients including Disney, FedEx, Hilton, Keds, Sperry, Kenneth Cole, Luxottica, Whirlpool, the National Park Service, Sierra Club, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the USO. He currently serves as an Executive in Residence and a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College.

Clients

  • Barr Foundation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
  • Blue Garnet
  • Boston Building Resources
  • Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Buffalo Tom
  • Cambridge Public Health Department
  • Carole King
  • Casa Verde Restaurant
  • Center for Children’s Advocacy
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Center for Science in Public Participation
  • Center for International Media Assistance
  • Centre Street Cafe
  • City of Cambridge
  • Connecticut College
  • The David Brower Center
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Garrison Institute
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • GreenBlue Institute
  • Guster
  • Harbor Hotel Provincetown
  • Henry P. Kendall Foundation
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Interaction Institute for Social Change
  • James Taylor
  • John Merck Fund
  • Jumpstart
  • Map Academy
  • Middle Mojo
  • MIT Office of Sustainability
  • The Mediation Group
  • Melville Charitable Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • National Center for Science Education
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • New England Foundation for the Arts
  • PopTech
  • Rogerson Communities
  • Save the Bay, San Francisco
  • Social Transformation Project
  • Tanya Donelly
  • Tavolo Restaurant
  • Third Sector New England
  • Thomas W. Haas Foundation
  • Tres Gatos Restaurant
  • TUI Travel Education Division
  • Shawmut Garden
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
  • World Movement for Democracy
  • Andrew Zolli