making a difference for businesses that make a difference

Our Martha's Vineyard based firm provides unique design, distinct identities and innovative and effective web and marketing solutions to businesses that our driven by their values. Each member of our experienced, comprehensive team helps to create bespoke solutions, tailored to each individual client. Attention to detail and execution—at every stage of the process—is what sets us apart.  learn more here.


JESSE & Arielle Hayes


With diverse artistic backgrounds and a gift for connecting creative individuals from across the globe, Jesse and Arielle founded Hayes Design Studios. After nearly a decade of freelance work, they left behind their beloved urban oases of Minneapolis, MN and Cambridge, MA in 2010, to raise their two boys in the rural island landscape of Martha’s Vineyard. 

The Hayes’ love good conversation, good music and a good meal, often all at the same time. Jesse is a musician, published journalist and former University Director with extensive, if not highly useful, knowledge of music history and egyptology.  Arielle is a musician, artist and accomplished chef with a love for tattoo art, knitting and all things herbal.

Follow Creative Dir., Jesse Hayes on Instagram for more design life. 



First emerging on the design scene in the late 1980’s, Steve's skills as a painter, illustrator, designer and photographer have been sought after by some of the biggest names in the music business from Bob Dylan and U2 to Chaka Khan and Gnarls Barkley. He worked as Art Director for Prince for over 13 years and his client base includes major corporations, colleges, entertainment networks and Comic-Con among countless others.

Steve's graphic novels have been published by DC & Vertigo Comics and his series of etched portraits has recently shown around Baltimore.  He lives with his son Duncan in Maryland, dividing his time between coffee shops, concerts, and building monster movie models.  Steve is also Jesse’s design hero.

For Parke's photography work visit:




Erica and Kate started working together in 2008 as long-distance designers and shortly after as part of the Hayes Design Studios’ collaborative. Now, based in New Jersey, they run a design shop focused on the intention that good design helps people and understanding how it all works allows you to communicate better. With a responsive approach, ensuring our client’s websites and messages are clear on any device, and emphasis on UX/UI, Erica’s work has been awarded for it’s high accessibility standards and elegant, effortless details. Kate’s expertise in fine art and education have propelled a number of HDS projects to new heights. 

When not deep in code, Erica DJ's all over the east coast, under the moniker Mister Zero.  A selection of Kate’s stunning artwork can be view at her website,

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Dividing his time between NYC and London, Oliver is well known for his way with words. As a seasoned songwriter and musician his credits include Carly Simon, John Mayer and Levon Helm among countless others. In his parallel career as a copywriter, Oliver's “loving yet critical” sensibilities are perfect for developing corporate or creative biographies, clever marketing slogans and more.

Oliver's career includes co-writing an award-winning musical, curriculum development, and a role as A&R Consultant for an international music publishing company. When not writing himself, Oliver enjoys the work of fellow wordsmiths including Stephen Fry, Larry David and Sting, often accompanied by an expertly brewed cup of tea.

Follow Oliver's music and world travels on instagram.



With an expertise in couture photography and fashion retouching, Samantha's diverse experience ranges from portraits and fashion to event and architectural work. Her clients include Harvard University, The J Dilla Foundation, and State Street Financial and she has photographed captivating subjects including recording artists Kimbra and Doug E. Fresh. As an editor and retoucher, her technical skills rival the best in the industry, never losing the "realness" in an image. Based on Martha's Vineyard, she works throughout New England and NYC.

With or without a camera, you'll find Samantha exploring consignment shops for unique vintage clothing, listening to music, enjoying local cuisine, or laying back with a good book on the beach.

For sample of her work, visit:


Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Houghton Mifflin
DC/Vertigo Comics
MIT / CommonWise Education
Open Roads Media
Oak Bluffs Public Library
Vineyard Gazette Media Group
Vineyard Vision Fellowship
Sandpiper Rentals, Inc.
No Depression, music magazine
NASCAR/America's Racing Team
Martha's Vineyard Jazz Festival
MJM Consulting, NYC
Meg Manion Photography
Living Local Harvest Festival
IVC pro
The Estate of Vince Guaraldi
Mass Audubon Society
Big Plans Enterprises
Cymbidium Floral
Slip 77
Red Cat Kitchen
FX Compared
Offshore MW, LLC

Education Reform Now!
Nevette Previd Consulting
Nancy's Restaurant
Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt
Abundant Life Nutrition
Farmhouse Films - Ireland
Dockside Inn
Cronig's Markets
Cocobeet, organic juice
Beetlebung Tree Care
7A foods
University of Southern California
Whippoorwill Farm
Polly Hill Arboretum
Soul (Power) Pop Records
Double Ox Construction
Graphics 88
Speechstart p.a.
Omniwealth Solutions
Patchwork Catering
Canvas Studio Art
Take Care Companions
Cinnamon Snail
J Dilla Foundation
Keldara Salon and Spa
Warner Bros.
Arista Records


not for profit

Modern Folk Project
Island Housing Trust
Island Grown Initiatives
The Historic Gayhead Lighthouse
The FARM Institute


Carly Simon
Naomi Jackson
Andre Cymone
Ben Taylor
David Bowie
Bob Dylan
Joe Craig
Anita B. Harmon
David Ryan Harris
Bob Reynolds
Victor Wooten
Ricky Peterson
Ronny Jordan
Oli Rockberger
Mister Barrington


Artists could choose to not be limited to that two months of the year, according to Hayes. Yes, he has made a significant mark on the Island with his graphic designs for local businesses and... more


The white couch at Jesse Hayes’ home office serves two purposes: business and therapy. It’s okay, designer Mr. Hayes tells his clients as they settle into the large futon. It’ll be cool... more


Jesse Hayes, Top-Notch Design Man, Husband and Dad. With a long list of the island's most established, interesting, influential and soon-to-be influential businesses on... more


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