Design Hovie Studios is the company of international graphic designer Hovie Hawk. It was opened in 1998 and has operated out of Seattle, Chelan Washington, and Milan Italy, giving clients a variety of influences from which to benefit.

1998 - The Beginning

Design Hovie Studios began as Hovie Hawk Design in 1998. Opened as a print design firm, within a few months Hovie began to see a tremendous increase in web design work and by the end of the year his web and print projects were demanding equal time. In early 1999, Hovie Hawk Design became Design > Hovie, and at the end of 1999, Design > Hovie officially became Design Hovie Studios, Inc.

2000 - Milan Italy

In September of 2000, Hovie and European digital agency Winsome Italia began talks about forming a partnership. In January of 2001, Design Hovie Studios and Winsome Italia formally agreed on a partnership and the studio opened its Milan, Italy office while maintaining a scaled down presence in Seattle. From 2001-2002, Hovie created primarily interactive media for European clients. Late in 2002, the decision was made to create a greater balance between its printed and digital work, and between its European and American clients. To facilitate this, Hovie returned to Seattle and entered into a new partnership with Qwentes Italia of Milan.

2006 - Focus on Branding and Print

In 2006, Hovie began to see a shift toward more traditional print based graphic design. There was a large increase in brand identity projects and print collateral. Hovie continued the relationship with Qwentes Italia and added Bear Group as a strategic partner. The Studios begin to focus exclusively on design and use partners, Qwentes Italia and Bear Group, for the development of web sites. This refined direction allowed the firm to expand services and branch out in to label and package design, in addition to brand identity, print collateral and web site design.

Hovie Today

Today Design Hovie Studios develops, manages, and refines brands and continues to create print and web designs for clients from all over the world. The studio works with companies of all sizes but specializes in creating brands and related material for entrepreneurs and small to medium sized companies. The firm's primary office is located in Seattle's North Beach neighborhood, and Hovie also maintains a satellite studio in Lake Chelan from May - September.


Client List



Fashion / Health

Food / Beverage


Org / City




Awards and Recognition

The creative work of Design Hovie Studios has been recognized, and awarded for excellence, by many prestigious organizations and publications over the years. Although the ultimate goal is to impress the client, the studio is always honored to receive recognition from those in the industry. The following is a list of organizations and publications that have recognized and/or featured Design Hovie Studios:

  • American Design Awards
  • Ballard News Tribune
  • Before & After Magazine
  • Best Designs
  • Bookbuilders West
  • Coolhomepages.com
  • Create Magazine
  • CSS Mania
  • CSS Remix
  • Design and Design Paris
  • Design Link Asia
  • Design Taxi
  • Dexigner
  • Dwell Magazine
  • Happy Books - Web Italy
  • How Magazine
  • Linea Editorial
  • Logo Lounge
  • Media Inc. Magazine
  • Neehah Papers
  • Seattle Magazine
  • Screenfluent
  • Shift Magazine Japan
  • Smash Magazine
  • Southern California Exposition
  • Visual Safe
  • Web Creme


Hovie Hawk


Hovie Hawk has been working professionally in graphic design since 1993. A native of San Diego, California, where he attended the Chula Vista School for the Creative and Performing Arts, he moved to Seattle, Washington to attend the University of Washington in 1989 and graduated with degrees in Graphic Design and in Art.


After working for various firms in the Seattle area, Hovie opened Design Hovie Studios in 1998 in Seattle, Washington and has grown the company into a firm with an international presence. In January of 2001, he opened the studios' Milan, Italy office and began a series of ongoing collaborations with Winsome Italia, Qwentes Italia, and Giorgio Galli and Partners.


In addition to his role as Creative Director at Design Hovie Studios, Hovie worked as an Adjunct Instructor for over 10 years at Seattle Pacific University and Cornish College of the Arts.


Hovie is a member of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ballard Chamber of Commerce, In Ballard Merchants Association, Phinney Neighborhood Association, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), and Arts Ballard.


Hovie's work has been displayed at the Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks, the Superbowl, the NBA finals, the Paris Air Show, the Rose Bowl, and the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. His awards include those from Web Design in Italy, Design and Design Paris, Logo Lounge, Neenah Paper, HOW Magazine, Bookbuilders West and the Southern California Exposition.


Hovie has been a featured speaker at various events, including being a keynote speaker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for Interlab, and presenting and serving as a judge at the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - Vancouver Island Chapter, Rock Awards.