Alyson Kilday

Creative Director

  • LocationNew Orleans, United States

About me


Co-Founder of Hop & Jaunt. Creative Director, designer, doodler, traveler currently living and exploring New Orleans. Hi there. My name is Alyson and I’m the co-founder and CEO (as well as about a dozen other roles such as designer, accounts manager, coffee maker…). Since everyone always asks, let me introduce myself via the origin story of the name Hop & Jaunt. Hop & Jaunt started small, small enough to fit into a backpack actually. The name comes from a travel blog my partner, John Clark IV, and I created to document the backpacking and sailing adventure we embarked on way back in 2008. For 9 months we sailed across the southern Caribbean, eventually ending up in a one room apartment with a balcony overlooking a neighborhood square in Cartagena, Colombia. While listening to the musicians strumming their guitars across the street, we were building up our design agency one freelance project at a time. We caught the entrepreneur bug that year and set our sights on New Orleans to set up shop and set down roots. 7 years, 2 dogs, 1000+ projects, 100+ clients, and countless memories creating with friends, mentors, peers, and family later, we’re more excited than ever to be on this journey. Some Fun Facts: I spent my childhood growing up in Nagasaki, Japan before traveling to and living in over a dozen countries including Argentina, Philippines, New Zealand, and the BVIs. I have a better southern accent in Japanese than in English, though I’ve spent most of my US time in the south.



  • Advertising
  • Film
  • Marketing PR
  • Art Direction
  • Music Videos
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Digital
  • Animation
  • Production Management
  • Digital Video
  • Director of Photography
  • Creative Direction
  • After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop





  • New Orleans Advertising Association 2015 Addy Gold Award.