Learn about Brian Hock’s marketing and design experience, awards, speaking engagements, community service and see when he’s been profiled in publications.


Friendship Village
New Brand / Web Site
(Dayton, OH)

Brian Hock rebrands Dayton, Ohio’s largest retirement community, Friendship Village. Friendship Village has been a trusted retirement community for the past 40 years. The new brand communicates a secure, stable and welcoming environment for current and potential new residents. The new brand along with a new web site (fvdayton.com) highlights the areas of retirement living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. It’s a new Friendship that should last the next 40 years.


Simple Hydration
Web Site Redesign
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock designed and launched a new web site for Simple Hydration in November. The original site was created over 5 years ago and served the company well during those early growth years. The new site launch coincided with the introduction of new and colorful lids for the Simple Hydration Bottle. Brian partnered with Malott Design on the programming and hosting of simplehydration.com.


SVN | Stone Commercial Real Estate
(Lexington, KY)

Brian Hock begins a working relationship with SVN | Stone Commercial Real Estate. Brian designs new and improved site plans for properties they manage.

SVN | Stone Commercial Real Estate, is a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm. SVN provides commercial real estate services to large corporations, middle market businesses and individual entrepreneurial investors. Serving the greater Lexington, SVN offers advisory services for the sales, leasing, and management of commercial properties locally, regionally and nationally.


Music Hall Revitalization Company
Direct Mail Campaign
(Cincinnati, OH)

The Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) reached out to Brian Hock to help them design and create a 3-part direct mail campaign to help raise money for the renovation of Music Hall. The campaign was a huge success and raised millions that went toward the $143 million dollar renovation.

Music Hall officially reopened on October 6, 2017. The massive renovation of the 139-year-old iconic structure touched every area of the structure. MHRC considers this great historic building saved.

The Music Hall Revitalization Company was formed in 2010 as a non-profit corporation with the mission to coordinate and lead the renovation of Cincinnati’s iconic Music Hall and ensure the quality of its future maintenance.


IntraPac International Corporation
(Mooresville, NC)

Brian Hock Design begins work with IntraPac International Corporation. The first project was a redesign of the IntraPac web site. Other work included a brand refresh to their existing logo. Once the logo was finalized BHD designed new trade show panels, designed a wall panel as well as photo enhancements to many product images.

IntraPac International Corporation is a diversified packaging company that offers solutions by providing a variety of packaging componentry. The customers they supply depend on them for packaging that combines high performance with high-end appearance. IntraPac integrates molding, forming, impact extrusion, decoration, assembly and fabrication to provide a wide collection of packaging.


Inventors Digest Magazine
American Inventor
(Cincinnati, OH)

Inventors Digest included Brian Hock in their American Inventors section for his design and creation of the Simple Hydration Water Bottle. Brian was able to utilize his love of design, business and running and channel it into the creation of the bottle.

“While Hock says he is an “average runner with a passion for the sport,” he now has a burgeoning business that helps keep his passion hydrated.”

You can visit Simple Hydration to learn more or to purchase a Simple Hydration Water Bottle. Go ahead and start running simple today!

Read the full article on Inventors Digest.


SpotOn Productions
New Logo Design
(West Chester, OH)

SpotOn Productions, formerly Murray Multimedia Resources, reached out to Brian Hock Design to create a new logo for their growing business. They wanted an identity that better visually communicated what the do for their customers. Below is a short animation of the new logo.

“After partnering with Brian Hock on a number of our own client projects, when it came time to rebrand our company and create a new logo, we knew Brian Hock Design was the only choice. We selected the name and provided Brian with some logo idea sketches on a napkin. He took our feedback and ran with it. His knowledge and creativity, paired with our input, provided some great options. Through Brian’s process, we worked together to refine the design down to our current logo. Clients constantly tell us that our logo is simple yet impactful. We couldn’t be happier with the results that Brian delivered!” – Ian Murray

SpotOn Productions is an award winning photo and video production company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. SpotOn Productions provides creative development, video production, photography, and post-production services to large corporations, agencies, small businesses, nonprofits, education, government, and more.


Design Currency
Brian Hock Profiled
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock was featured on pages 18 and 19 of the book Design Currency. The book is targeted to designers so that they can better understand, define and promote the value of their design work. They used Brian and his creation of Simple Hydration Bottle as an example of entrepreneurship.


The Telly Awards
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock and SpotOn Productions were fortunate to win a Telly Award for their work on the Simple Hydration Water Bottle Kickstarter.com campaign video. The video not only helped us win this great award but generated tangible results. The campaign itself raised over $21,000 surpassing its goal of $20,000, the largest crowd-funded project in the Cincinnati market at that time.

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens.

The video was fun to create as it showcased Brian “the creator” and Brian “the runner.” Pictured in the photo are Brian Hock, Ian Murray, Michael Murray and Brian Hock. Ian, Michael and the whole SpotOn crew did a wonderful job working with Brian to plan, create, shoot and produce this award-winning video.


Startup Weekend | Toledo
(Toledo, OH)

Brian Hock was honored to serve as a Judge for the Startup Weekend Toledo event that took place on the University of Toldeo’s campus. The event was well attended and had some very solid creative ideas pitched during the event. Here’s a short video recap of the event by a local news station.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.


Simple Hydration
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock launches Simple Hydration and introduces the Simple Hydration Water Bottle into the running marketplace. The Simple Hydration Water Bottle is for runners or anyone on the go. The bottle is unique in that it can hook onto a runner’s waistband, into a race belt, race pack or women can simply slide it into the back of a sports top. Its innovative shape also allows it to easily slide into a pocket for hiking, skateboarding, fishing or climbing. The product is made in Los Angeles, California (USA).


Simple Hydration Water Bottle
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock had the idea for the Simple Hydration Water Bottle while training for the Louisville Ironman in 2010. Brian was able to design the bottle in 2011. Working with a company out of Los Angeles he was able to produce a prototype and test the bottle. Brian then launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the necessary capital to make and market the bottle. Brian was able to raise over $21,000 (the largest crowd-funded product in Cincinnati at that time) surpassing his goal of $20,000.


The Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock begins a working partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra. The first project was the 2010-11 Annual Report. It was very well received and it became the first of many Annual Reports Brian would create for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra. Brian also created and designed direct mail, advertisements, online ads, program inserts and event materials.


A Day In The Life
Baltimore Design Conference
(Baltimore, MD)

Brian Hock presented the “Branding You” session at the inaugural A Day In The Life Baltimore Design Conference on April 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The session was geared towards recent college graduates and designers looking to restructure their identity as well as how they market themselves. Brian guided participants through the self-branding process, including what to consider, what makes you/your business unique, and how to capitalize on that uniqueness.

This exclusive design event was held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Brown Center in the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Other presenters at this event included Ellen Lupton, Jill Tanenbaum, Meg Touborg, Eric Miller and Eryn Willard among others.


Equity Management Group
(Lexington, KY)

Brian Hock begins a long term client relationship with Equity Management Group. Brian first worked with the EMG team to create a new web site to showcase the variety of properties they manage. Brian provides marketing support materials for their properties.

Equity Management Group provides high quality management services for more than 2 million square feet of commercial real estate throughout the region. For nearly 45 years, they have managed retail, office, industrial and other commercial real estate assets delivering expertise and insight well-suited to an ever-changing real estate environment.


Board Member
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock served a 1-year term on the board of the ME Lyons YMCA. Brian provided marketing support and input for both the local and main branch of the YMCA.

“The YMCA is a wonderful organization and I felt blessed to contribute my time and talent to help make the ME Lyons YMCA a stronger and more vibrant Y in my community.” – Brian Hock


Viking Partners
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock is tapped to create a new identity for Viking Partners. The project would become the first of many projects in a long term client relationship utilizing Brian’s design and marketing expertise. Some of the projects completed include a web site, marketing materials and many site plans of their properties.

Viking Partners is a private equity real estate firm that owns and operates a portfolio of real estate assets including office and mixed use with an emphasis on retail. Their properties are located throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States. They specialize in acquiring well-located commercial properties with strong value add potential. Through their leasing expertise and property management platform they are able to increase asset value to create attractive returns for their investors.


Winners Walk Tall
Board Member
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock served as a Winners Walk Tall board member from 2008 though 2010. Brian provided marketing and design expertise to the board during his tenure. He also completed an Ironman Triathlon (Couer d’Alene, Idaho) and raised over $58,000 for Winners Walk Tall with the board’s help. Due to that effort Brian placed high in the top 3 fundraisers with the Janus Charity Challenge at that event and Janus donated an additional $2,000 to Winners Walk Tall.


AIGA Origination Design Show
Award Winner
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock Design was honored by having an Advertisement selected as a Design Merit Award in the 2007 AIGA Origination Design Awards.

The selected design was an Advertisement that Brian Hock designed and art directed for the designerID.com launch campaign. The judges that made this selection were Michael Hodgson of phD (Los Angeles), Monica Little of Little & Company (Minneapolis) and Christopher Simmons of MINE (San Francisco).


School of Advertising Art (SAA)
Professional Advisory Committee
(Dayton, OH)

Brian Hock served on the School of Advertising Art (SAA) Professional Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2009. It was a great opportunity to have direct input into a design school’s curriculum so that tomorrow’s designers are prepared with the right design skill set and business knowledge they need to be successful.

“I have the privilege and pleasure of working with Brian Hock in my capacity as Director of Career Services at the School of Advertising Art [saa]. In addition to serving, with distinction, on saa’s Professional Advisory Committee [PAC], Brian has mentored and coached our students in goal-setting, career options and planning, and interview skills. Brian is driven to give back to his communities in meaningful ways; he connects, creates, and contributes. The consummate professional, Brian is a game-changer and the person I want on my team!” – Joanie Spain

Brian also took part in a design roundtable at SAA as shown below.


BGSUGD Alumni Lecture Series
(Bowling Green, OH)

Brian Hock visited his alma mater Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to share designerID.com and a bit of his design background with faculty and students. The day consisted of an informal meeting with faculty, a tour of the new school of art building, providing input for a typography and Interactive class and then the presentation at 5:00 pm. It was a great turnout given the temperature was about 5 degrees with a wind chill of about minus 10 degrees (and it was a Friday on a college campus). Between 150-200 people attended the presentation.

“The Division of Graphic Design at BGSU (BGSUGD) is most proud to have Brian as an alum of its BFA in Graphic Design degree program. As inaugural speaker for what is now our annual BGSUGD Alumni Lecture Series, Brian returned to his alma mater without hesitation. He was exceedingly generous with his time, resources, and sharing of wisdom and advice with our student majors and the design community at large. His long-standing professional and personal accomplishments, dedicated volunteerism, entrepreneurial drive, and focused commitment to the design community and academia serve as testaments to his passion for design and creative thinking, and the power of it all to affect positive change. Brian never ceases to surprise us with “what’s next” in his life’s journey. Suffice it to say, the faculty and nearly 150 BGSUGD majors look forward to all that the future may hold for this successful, smart, talented, quite fit (triathlete!) and always positive-spirit “idea guy.” – Matt Davis, Chair of Design (BGSU)

Thanks to all of those involved with the visit including Bowling Green State University, The School of Art, The BG Graphic Design Club, Jenn Stucker (Typography Class), Amy Fidler & Lori Young (Interactive Classes), Ryan Gallagher (Alumni Affairs) and of course Matt Davis, Chair of the Graphic Design Program, for spending the day with me and coordinating the visit.


AIGA | Harvard Business School
“Business Perspectives for Design Leaders”
(Cambridge, MA)

Brian Hock was one of 40 design professionals selected to participate in the AIGA Harvard Business School (HBS) Program “Business Perspectives for Design Leaders.” The program included a diverse group of design leaders from a wide range of companies including Cisco Systems, Target, Yahoo, IBM, Razorfish, and many mid-size to smaller firms.

The weeklong program provided an opportunity for students to work with top HBS faculty on strategy, marketing, branding, finance, communication, leadership and negotiating skills. The experience was one of learning, facing up to rigorous challenges, hearty discussion and networking.


(Cincinnati, OH /
Colorado Springs, CO)

Brian partnered with Matt Keith out of Colorado Springs, Colorado to create a company called InfiniteIDs. The first product to be launched was a web site called designerID. designerID.com was a web site that connected designers by many variables and allowed them to share their work, research, e-mail and track other design professionals.

Brian and Matt ultimately decided to close the site down in 2011 so that they could focus on other projects. When the site shut down it had over 3,000 designers from all over the world actively posting projects. The number of projects on the site was over 14,000 and included identities, brochures, posters, trade show booths, direct mail, advertisements, fabric, product and environmental graphics.


New Influences in Graphic Design
Marshall University
(Huntington, WV)

Brian Hock was honored to be the featured speaker at the New Influences in Graphic Design event at Marshall University. Brian’s design work was on display in their gallery for the students to review. Other speakers at the event were Jessica Crouch, Don Pendleton, Jeremy Shumate, Greg Smith and Hikari Kimura.


International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
Excellence in Economic Development Awards
(Cincinnati, OH)

The 2005 Cincinnati USA Partnership Annual Report, designed by Brian Hock Design, was selected as a recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2006 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Excellence in Economic Development Awards. A panel of economic development experts consisting of members from both the public and private sectors selected the project. The award was presented at the IEDC Awards Reception during the 2006 Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.


American Graphic Design Awards
ARAMARK Cleanroom Services Catalog
Cincinnati USA Partnership Annual Report
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock Design had two designs selected as winners in the 2005 American Graphic Design Awards. A nationwide panel of judges selected the winning designs. The selected BHD designs were a product catalog for ARAMARK Cleanroom Services and an Annual Investor Report for the Cincinnati USA Partnership.


(Dallas, TX)

Brian Hock worked with team from First Transit to update their Trade Show Booth and created a marketing message for the APTA Trade Show in Dallas, Texas. Materials included advertisements, exhibit materials, hospitality invitations, direct mail and the creation of a First logo branding iron for the special one-night event during the show.


(Phoenix, AZ)

Brian Hock worked directly with company president Gregory Heiland and his team at Value-Tek to help brand and position Value-Tek as a trusted source for Cleanroom Supplies. The work included a new brand, catalog and advertising/support materials.

“Brian’s creative energy helped position Valu-Tek as a leader in our B2B space. The catalog platform that he developed for our critical environment products is an industry recognized award winner. I give Brian my highest recommendation.” – Gregory Heiland


Cincinnati Bengals
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock Design working in conjunction with the printer Visions International (Salt Lake City, UT) created and designed a wall wrap for the field level of the new Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals football team) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The wrap utilized existing Cincinnati Bengals brand elements and features a pair of large tiger eyes on opposite sides of the field.

The project was a big success and the Cincinnati Bengals have continued to do wall wraps based off our initial design. Who Dey!

Cincinnati Bengals | Field-Level Wall Graphics (Inaugural Season at Paul Brown Stadium)


FirstGroup America
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock Design lands First Transit as a client. The advertising and design work BHD did for First Transit was so well received that he started doing work for First Student, First Vehicle Services and FirstGroup America.

“I had the pleasure of working with Brian on a number of marketing projects for three different companies within FirstGroup America. He is a fantastic designer with great ideas, and consistently produced outstanding materials on very short notice! He also understands the needs of corporate clients, and is able to convey concepts and messages in unique yet professional ways. If you’re looking for creative work from a trustworthy source, Brian is your guy!” – Jackie Malblanc


Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock secures Brian Hock Design’s first major client: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. This relationship would last for the next 13 years. Brian worked with a great group of individuals at the Chamber that had him work on some major projects such as the Taste of Cincinnati, Small Business Award, Annual Report, Party in the Park, World-Class Author Lecture Series and they teamed him up with Landor to ensure the new brand roll out was followed.

“Brian was my “go-to” designer when I worked with him. I always knew he would understand exactly what we needed (even when we didn’t) and deliver 110% on time and on budget. His creativity and design skills were just what needed at a time when we were implementing a new brand identity and adapting to a new look and feeling at the chamber.” – Dave Etienne, Marketing Manager


Origination Design Awards & Show
AIGA Cincinnati
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock created and helped produce the AIGA Cincinnati Chapter’s Origination Design Awards competition and show in 2003. Judges Debbie Millman, Sam Shelton and Marc English were brought in to select the winners. The show was held at the Omni Netherland Hotel in downtown Cincinnati and it was a great success with entries and attendees from all over the region.

Brian won an award for his “Origination Call for Entries” poster promoting the event.


The Power of Design:
AIGA National Design Conference
(Vancouver, BC Canada)

Brian Hock represented the AIGA Cincinnati Chapter at this national conference on design. Brian interacted with design leaders from all over the America and the world during the 3-day conference in October.

“The Power of Design” focused on the extraordinary opportunities for designing in the 21st century. Designers will play critical roles in the success of our rebounding economy—both as agents of social change in a complex world and as leading architects of sustainable solutions for a troubled planet. Speakers from diverse disciplines who work in a variety of media discussed designing for the economy, environment and culture.


Brian Hock Design
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock established Brian Hock Design in March 2003. The objective was to utilize the business and design skills he developed in his previous positions and establish a stable business offering companies in the region a design resource that delivers high-end design services at a fair price. Brian has been able to deliver integrated design services to large national companies as well as small local companies over the last 15 years. You can view a large sampling of projects on the Portfolio page.


WLA Congress
World Lottery Exhibition
(Adelaide, SA Australia)

Brian Hock while working at DeanHouston coordinated and oversaw the design and development of an international trade show booth for client Scientific Games International with a company out of Sydney, Australia. Brian made an initial scouting trip for the WLA Congress in Adelaide, Australia to review hospitality locations and coordinate entertainment and events for the conference. Brian provided on-site exhibit set-up, tear down and worked the show for Scientific Games due to his knowledge of their lottery products.


AIGA Cincinnati
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock served as President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Cincinnati Chapter from 2002 to 2004 (standard 2-year term). Brian was able to energize the board to accomplish the following items:

  • Grew membership from 186 in 2002 to 344 in 2004.
  • Hosted its first Midwest Chapters Retreat in Covington, Kentucky.
  • Coordinated a consistent fall/spring speaker series.
  • Created and produced “Touch” newsletters to communicate effectively with potential and and current members.
  • Created and produced first AIGA Cincinnati Awards competition and show called “Origination.”

“Anyone who chooses Brian to support their creative initiatives has made an excellent choice. Like his passion for running, Brian navigates the course by understanding the problem at hand and then with insight and drive completes the race. Brian’s leadership can be thoroughly trusted in a category where subjectivity is the nature of the game. Brian won’t steer you wrong….listen to him.” – Scott Hull, AIGA Cincinnati Board Member


Exhibition & Conference
(Albequerque, NM)

Brian Hock while working at DeanHouston coordinated and oversaw the design and development of the Trade Show Booth for client Scientific Games International. Brian also scouted the location and coordinated entertainment and events for the conference. Brian provided on-site Exhibit set-up, tear down and worked the show for Scientific Games due to his knowledge of their lottery products.

Scientific Games International | Trade Show Booth (Domestic)


Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Small Business Awards
Customer Focus Award Winner
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock was part of the team at DeanHouston when they were selected as the Customer Focus Award winner from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.


Art Director’s Club Awards
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock won an award from the Art Director’s Club of Cincinnati in 1997.


(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock then makes a great move in 1995 to the advertising agency DeanHouston (Cincinnati, OH) as an art director. Brian quickly realizes that his business knowledge and designs skills fit in well with the client-focused and hard charging culture of DH. Brian ends up working at DH for 7 years ultimately becoming Vice President of Design.

Brian worked on national-level clients such as Scientific Games International, LSI Industries, Cintas Corporation, OPW Fueling Components, Champion Laboratories, and Eagle Realty Group. In his seven plus years he worked on a variety of client communication and design projects.


Brewer, Jones & Feldman
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock then moves on to work at advertising agency Brewer, Jones & Feldman (Cincinnati, OH) as a graphic designer. Brian gains valuable agency experience and is responsible from taking print projects from concept all the way through final printed materials.  He also was able to interact directly with many clients to build his interpersonal and business skills.


F&W Publications
(Cincinnati, OH)

Brian Hock lands his first graphic design position with F&W Publications in Cincinnati, Ohio. After just one year he’s promoted to Art Director for Writer’s Digest Magazine (the company’s flagship magazine) and the Artists Magazine.


Bowling Green State University
(Bowling Green, OH)

Brian Hock graduates from Bowling Green State University in December 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.