In a city replete with iconic structures and enduring institutions, The Cincinnati Observatory occupies a singular space in our collective imagination. What does “brand” mean to a place of such architectural, scientific and historical significance, and how should we approach altering it? The answer is slowly and intentionally, only after listening and learning, only after experimenting and collaborating. Our project with the Observatory resulted in a strategic as well as creative reboot with the goal of deepening relationships and increasing engagement with key audiences: parents and their scientifically enthralled children, astronomy and scientific history buffs, and architectural and cultural preservationists.
Decibel Korean Fried Chicken
Decibel Korean Fried Chicken is the gut child of two of the hardest working dudes we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Founders Kam Siu and Mapi De Veyra came to us with a recipe for lip-smacking, ear-drum shattering, twice-fried Korean-style fried chicken and told us they wanted to build a brand that they could take on the road. Naming was easy—what’s loud and hits different: and so Decibel was born.
Rename and rebrand a 40-year-old precision manufacturing company that leverages the company’s quality reputation but pushes forward the innovative strategies and updated values of new ownership with the goal of attracting the best skilled tradespeople in the region.
Tablespoon Cooking Co.
Tablespoon hosted hands-on cooking classes and culinary events in a shared kitchen incubator until founder Jordan Hammons decided to design and build a home of her own. With her fresh space came a desire for a fresh look. We set to work understanding Jordan’s unique approach to demystifying the kitchen through cooking classes that are actually fun. The result is a timeless identity salt and peppered with bright surprises.
Mita’s Bar De Tapas
Jose Salazar sought to create something refined yet exotic with his second restaurant, Mita’s. The restaurant serves Spanish-style tapas influenced by Chef Salazar’s Columbian heritage in a dramatic and spacious setting in the heart of downtown. We worked with Salazar and his team to refresh Mita’s identity and graphic assets to reflect a more youthful and vibrant tone, which is more representative of the culinary program and approach to hospitality.
Dear Restaurant & Butchery
Building and launching a restaurant is a tall order no matter how you shake it. How about adding in a butchery? And a private events program? And a delivery program? And a wine club? And a global pandemic that’s decimating the restaurant industry? Dear was an act of bravery and creativity the likes of which our firm has never known. We did everything. Strategy, identity, marketing, technology platforms, collateral, signage, and worked with bad-ass interior designer Michelle Pinales to bring the vision to life in the iconic Hyde Park Square space.
Gehring Travel: A Luxury Travel Agency
Louisa Gehring is one of those people who loves to get into the weeds, solve problems, organize chaos, and deliver life-changing and unforgettable experiences for the clients of her luxury travel agency. We worked with Louisa to step up her branding game, leaning into luxury with custom logos and assets, beautiful type and color systems, and elegant one-off collateral.
Eli Liecthy is an experienced entrepreneur, engineer, and the owner and CEO of BS LLC client, Empower Manufacturing. As he began to pursue future investment and acquisition opportunities for his closed private equity fund, he realized he didn’t have a platform with which to engage business owners. We sought to create a brand that expressed his values as an investor and skills as an operator. Apricus is a word that means warmed by the sun—a reflection of the principal’s optimism as well as his scientific knowledge. To connect back to Eli's portfolio, we intentionally designed the Apricus identity to connect visually with Eli’s first acquisition, Empower Manufacturing.
Government Strategies Group
Regional government relations and lobbying firm, Government Strategies Group, has a solid reputation for extensive knowledge of the legislative process and a dedicated hands-on approach to communication. They possess a general “get-it-doneness” buoyed by friendly personalities that you just want to be around. The problem: their former website did not match the quality of their reputation, the prowess of their projects, or the breadth and depth of their services.
We developed a graphic identity, and designed and launched a custom website for a razor-sharp consultancy focused on bringing high-level talent to public sector problem solving. One of the chief insights that drove the project was their need to display case studies and white papers in a way that is as sophisticated as their work.
Seven Hills Technology
A nimble team of execution-focused developers and consultants, SHT sought to marry advanced technological chops with deep knowledge of business problems. They build mobile and web applications, work with their clients to develop technology solutions, and manage projects with detail and dependability. We teamed up to redesign their identity around the themes of connectivity, transparency, and foresight.
Building 20 – A Collective Uncommon
With a dream team of creators from oscars-nominated editors and composers, to experienced animators, creative directors and producers, Building 20 is a bi-coastal advertising agency for the digital age. We positioned and designed their brand, and developed their website and sales materials.
Led by entrepreneur and corporate trailblazer, Peg Wyant, Grandin Properties has built a reputation in Cincinnati as a premier developer and manager of residential and commercial rental properties. Leveraging decades of positive brand equity, a distinctive eye for style and a portfolio of beautifully renovated historic properties, we refreshed Grandin’s brand and completely redesigned their website for a cohesive, beautiful and engaging user experience.
Develop a simple but striking modal identity for black artist collective, Cincy Nice. Launched as an activation during Cincinnati’s city-wide immersive light projection mapping festival, BLINK, Cincy Nice has evolved into a platform for meaning-makers, pushing the boundaries of and connections between the artistic, the political, and the personal.
The good people at Lifetime Resources—a nonprofit located in Southeastern Indiana that provides health and human services to the area’s elderly population—reached out to BS in need of a refreshed look for Catch-a-Ride, their free on-demand public transportation service. Feeling that the identity was tired, dated, and unrecognizable, Lifetime challenged us to redesign the brand around efforts to increase awareness and ridership. Through explorations of the visual language of transportation, we landed on a simple and striking logo and identity that easily communicates the message that Catch-a-Ride is on the move.
Working directly with the owners, we developed an identity for a mixed-use creative space housed in a massive former brewery in Over-the-Rhine. Felsenhaus is part-performance and coworking space, part workshop and production facility, with eventual plans to develop hospitality experiences.
Chavez Properties is a multi-generational family office with significant holdings in commercial real-estate and parking operations. BS designed a brand identity and website for CP that reflects a balance between the wisdom and experience of the generation that built the company with the future-focused vision of the generation that will carry the brand forward.
SDS Down Tracker
For the B2B feather and down bedding industry, transparency and sustainability are priority values for customers and end-users. We designed and custom-built a QR-code enabled digital platform that allows anyone with a smartphone to know exactly where the feather and down comes from that makes their pillows, comforters, sleeping bags, and jackets so darn fluffy and warm.
What happens when a 75-year-old flooring conglomerate with a dated look but top-notch strategies changes ownership? A corporate brand refresh positioning their B2B sales department for growth. KW’s brand inhabits the visual vocabulary of construction and design, while pushing into a clean and modern sensibility that timelessly encapsulates the forward-thinking vision of the company’s new leadership.
When Amy Fessler took over Soho, she doubled down on a commitment to approachable style and experiential retail. We developed Soho’s website and ecommerce platform as an extension of her team’s bespoke approach to style and service. Through photography, copy, and layout, we were able to tell Soho’s story in vivid detail.
Ryan Morgan is a heavy-metal-listening, motorcycle-riding workaholic with an extreme passion for baking artisan bread. He opened a small bakery servicing only restaurants in 2013 and has since exploded with growth and popularity. He has expanded to national grocers and retailers with an updated visual and verbal identity our team developed over the course of nine months.
Stillwater Capital is a boutique investment firm with a focus on long-term strategic investments in family owned businesses in transition. BS designed an identity and website for Stillwater inspired by game hunting’s classic heritage. The brand reflects themes of patience and observation, forethought and execution speaking to an audience of experienced business owners with pastoral pursuits.
Transitions Drug Rehabilitation
Transitions Inc. is a substance misuse rehabilitation and treatment center with deep ties to Northern Kentucky. They have quietly built a reputation as community builders who deliver high quality, research-based treatment at their multiple facilities. Transitions engaged BS to redesign their website and develop a social media strategy to reflect their position as thought-leaders and experts in their space.
The Seven Hills School
The Seven Hills School applied for and received a grant from the EE Ford Foundation to design and launch a series of immersive seminars focused around some of the most pressing issues facing humanity. We worked with SHS to create a video highlighting the program’s purpose and design process.
As ArkMalibu grows from a Cincinnati boutique to a regional presence in M&A consulting with additional staff and leadership, they sought to refresh their primary messaging to better reflect their strategic position in the marketplace, communicate their true value proposition, and underscore their enduring point of difference.
Driehaus Insurance Group
Dan Driehaus is a name Cincinnatians know. A friend to all, he is a thoughtful and service-minded civic leader and entrepreneur. It is with these qualities that he founded his insurance practice, Driehaus Insurance Group. Through a process of qualitative interviews and positioning research, we developed a trustworthy and approachable brand identity that has become a platform for his firm’s growth.
When a former corporate executive decided to build and launch a coworking space, she needed a scrappy branding partner who could move quickly but execute elegance. With an upscale position and focus on experience and hospitality, we designed the identity as a mark of excellence to enhance the space, not invade it.
ANYbotics is a Swiss robotics company developing autonomous robots for industrial inspections. Their quadruped robot, ANYmal navigates complex industrial terrain with custom mounted payloads able to collect real-time inspection data using infrared sensing, ultrasonic audio analysis, and visual gauge reading. Yes, you read that correctly. Starting small with a creative video script and customer case study, BS partnered with ANYbotics ahead of their commercialized product launch to rewrite their website copy based on SEO analysis, tone of voice, product benefits, and customer insights. We continue to help ANYbotics develop case studies for their content marketing strategy.
The fine folks at 4EG, one of Cincinnati’s leading bar and restaurant groups, had a unique challenge on their hands after taking over an iconic entertainment destination in historic Over-the-Rhine. In rebranding the concept, we leaned into the building’s history, upscaling a pioneer sensibility with hand-drawn lettering inspired by etched bone from the early nineteenth century, custom borders and patterns for menus and collateral, and a rich color palette activated throughout the space.
Rhinegeist Brewery opened the doors to their cavernous facility in 2013 and has experienced exponential growth since day one. Their hometown fell in love with Rhinegeist's unmistakable branding, quality craft beer, and dramatic industrial taproom. In 2015 the company was ready to launch its new Cider product in two markets: Boston and New York. We connected with founders Bob Bonder and Bryant Goulding and planned a project to distill Rhinegeist's culture down to something their sales team could hold in their hands.