Our studio practice specializes in environmental branding and interior space design. We provide experience and expertise in a wide range of services including strategy, content, identity, print, digital and publication design for retail, commercial and corporate clients.
We are passionate about the work we create and value design's ability to solve problems. We seek clients who are equally as passionate. We believe that meaningful and positive collaborations leads to the most forward-thinking outcomes.
908 King Street Suite 300 Alexandria, Virginia 22314
studio line 571 527 0522
Nathan Hill Partner / Design Lead
Nathan Hill oversees all studio projects and leads the team's creative process. He brings expertise in creative direction and visual design. His work has received awards and recognition from AIGA, Communication Arts, as well as the Webby Awards. His experience includes working with corporate enterprises to boutique operations on digital, brand and environmental design projects. Nathan's creative process always begins with an emphasis on a well-thought-out strategy—a story that helps guide the early stages of the creative process. In addition to his work at Spaeth Hill, Nathan is an adjunct design instructor at GW's Corcoran College and served on AIGA DC's Board of Directors as Education Director. He continues to explore visual art through collaborations and self-initiated projects. Nathan recently launched antrepo, a publication that celebrates design for design's sake and explores experimental design. This project also includes a podcast interview series that features conversations with local, national and international thought leaders and experts in the design field.
Jill Spaeth Partner / Business Lead
Jill Spaeth focuses on business and client management at Spaeth Hill. After running her first successful business, Citizen Creative, for a decade, she joined forces with Nathan Hill to found Spaeth Hill in 2018. She brings expertise in signage construction and jurisdictional compliance after working on the architectural side of commercial real estate. She began her career at an architecture firm, building the signage and graphic design studio while working closely with the architecture and interior design teams to ensure branding was a part of every project. In 2013, she finished an executive education at Yale School of Management and, the following year in 2014, Jill was the only woman of five nominees selected to sit on the national board of the largest professional association for design, AIGA. She oversaw programs and initiatives for the organization’s 30,000 members with a specific focus on fundraising and scholarship development, including the launch of AIGA DC’s scholarship program in 2007.
Jay White Project Manager
Jay White manages Spaeth Hill’s full client and project portfolio. With a background in strategic communications and digital marketing, Jay brings experience managing complex and award-winning design projects, including rebrands and identity design, conference collateral design and activations, advertising campaigns and website development for a range of large non-profit, corporate and trade association clientele. Before joining Spaeth Hill, he worked at Beekeeper Group, a digital public affairs agency, where he managed a variety of digital campaigns and branding projects and worked closely with the creative team to streamline the agency’s design project management systems. Jay graduated with a BA in Communications and Social Influence from the University of Maryland.
Chase Shewbridge Designer
Chase joined Spaeth Hill from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles where he earned his BFA in graphic design and communication arts. In 2019, he was featured in GDUSA Magazine as a Design Student to Watch. Chase has contributed to a wide range of Spaeth Hill projects, including non-profit annual reports, brand and identity development and publication design. His work has garnered several design awards for the studio, including honors from AIGA and the 2020 Communication Arts Design Annual. Chase’s design approach focuses on imagination and openness, considering each element of a project with focus and considering all design possibilities and solutions.
Chris Tait Designer
Developing an interest in graphic design from the local music scene, Chris joined Spaeth Hill with experience in creative branding, packaging and publication design, as well as a degree in English and Creative Writing from VCU. At Spaeth Hill, Chris contributes strong technical and analytic thinking and design to many of the studio’s larger and award-winning signage, branding and publication projects. His work on various projects has garnered nominations and awards from several design organizations, including AIGA. His design approach focuses on the importance of communication in design and that communication in design is just as important as feeling.