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 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.
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.
Ping Ni Designer
Ping brings a passion for typography and a rigorous design methodology to Spaeth Hill. She graduated from Shillington College, where her work was awarded by the Australian Graphic Design Association, and she was named one of 25 exciting designers to watch by Creative Boom. Her prior experience in product management, as well as an economics and art history degree from Tufts University, gives Ping a strategic approach to her creative process. Her design philosophy focuses on authenticity, as her mission is to empower people and brands to communicate their true identities.