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  • Corcoran College of Art + Design Glimpse Book

    Created to give potential students and their parents a glimpse of life at a small school in the heart of DC, the Corcoran’s view book weaves the concepts of culture, creativity and community around exposure and its many meanings.

  • National WIC Association Outreach and Education Publications

    For more than 15 years, KINETIK has collaborated with the National WIC Association to create a collection of calendars in English and Spanish to help inform the diverse WIC population about good nutrition. Working with a national task force, KINETIK blends a unique concept with recipes, cooking tips, and information on healthy choices.

  • ProjectSpark

    KINETIK worked pro bono with ProjectSpark’s small staff of visionaries to create a website that would encourage ideas, participation, and knowledge sharing about Parkinson’s disease. Powered by a custom content management system, the site is the hub of the foundation’s integrated communication identity on the web.

  • CREW Annual Reports

    CREW, a government watchdog organization focusing on elected official accountability, looks to KINETIK to develop conceptual themes and a fresh approach for their annual reports. Political cartoons, an integral part of the CREW brand, are woven through the designs to satirically and humorously illustrate serious topics.

  • AAUW Website

    Departure from the internal organizational structure and a clear focus on AAUW’s mission and diverse audience led to the complete content reorganization and redesign of the association’s website.

  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Annual Report

    Ideas—essential, global, current and complex. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan institution engaged in the study of national and world affairs, is all about ideas and both the depth and breadth of the work they support is captured in their annual report.

Since 1988, KINETIK has collaborated with our clients to achieve their goals through thoughtful integration of strategy and design. We are passionate about design and its ability to be a powerful, positive influence on society. KINETIK imagines unique opportunities and delivers compelling results—exceptional solutions that tell the stories our clients want to tell.

Jeff Fabian

Principal and Creative Director

Jeff is a 1985 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Armed with a BFA in Communication Arts and Design, he and two classmates founded KINETIK in 1988. A contemplative communicator, Jeff wears many hats. Whether working with the design team to evaluate, critique and develop winning solutions or sharing his vision and insight with clients, Jeff consistently brings innovative creativity and solid business sense together. The body of work he oversees wins accolades from many national arts and design organizations. Clients are equally as impressed with the one-of-a-kind solutions that are developed under Jeff's guiding example.

Sam Shelton

Principal and Creative Director

Sam earned a BFA in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985 and then together with two classmates, he founded KINETIK. Since 1988, Sam has led KINETIK through the day-to-day creative challenges faced in a typical design studio. His strong belief in the power of design helps steer KINETIK's path in a changing world, and his passion shows in the projects he directs as well as his commitment to design education and AIGA—the professional association for design. In 2006, Sam was presented with the AIGA Fellow award, recognizing his significant contributions to the design community.

Jenny Skillman

Managing Director

Both Jenny’s degree in journalism and extensive experience in creative departments of several nonprofit associations are a strong foundation for her diverse role as managing director at KINETIK. Since 2001, Jenny has served as a liaison between clients and designers, developed and evaluated project schedules and goals, and diligently implemented a tried and true KINETIK quality control standard. She is continually inspired by talented designers and by helping them focus some of their creativity on business management, process development and refinement, and life/work balance issues.

Beverley Hunter

Production Manager

With a degree in graphic design, Beverley brings an uncommon outlook to her role as KINETIK's production director. Since 1994, she has collaborated with our design team on paper specification, printing and fabrication. Beverley brings her technical expertise to every job that moves through the studio and serves as the primary contact with all our suppliers. Her attention to detail and her superb negotiating skills ensure that each project meets KINETIK's standards of quality. Outside the studio, Beverley is an accomplished artist, often working on mosaic projects in the same scales as the myriad KINETIK jobs she manages—from miniature pieces to entire rooms.

Jackie Ratsch

Finance Manager

Jackie has been integral to the KINETIK work flow since 2000. Carefully tracking and reviewing the financial and accounting books, she is the one who watches our bottom line and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. An Excel maven, Jackie makes number crunching a pleasant task. As if all this isn't enough, she also answers the phones, manages the supplies and facilities, and somehow always has a smile on her face. She is a financial wizard—a woman constantly on the go who quietly keeps us all on our toes. Simply put, she is an indispensable part of the KINETIK team.

Scott Rier

Senior Designer

Scott began working at KINETIK as a college intern in 1994. After receiving his BFA in Graphic Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design the next year, he joined the KINETIK team full time. Scott is now the most senior designer on staff and his thoughtful, steady nature and patient dedication have earned him the admiration and respect of clients and colleagues alike. His conceptual approach to design combined with a practiced sketching ability enables him to visualize solutions quickly and effectively. An expert in systems and publications design, Scott’s work is packed with meaning and elegance.

Joanna Ng


A native of Austin, Texas, Joanna turned a freelance gig with KINETIK into a full-time position shortly after earning a BFA in Graphic Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2007. Usually quiet and reserved, Joanna brings thoughtfulness and articulate reasoning to all her designs. She is creative and resourceful and is inspired by simplicity and innovation in design and good color. Joanna is crafty outside of KINETIK, too—creating jewelry, books and pins and designing team t-shirts for the Alliance for Lupus Research Walk for the Cure, a cause she believes in.

Ken Zinser


Ken Zinser, the most recent addition to the KINETIK team, received a BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2012. Ken started as an intern at KINETIK in spring 2011 and focuses primarily on multimedia and online design solutions. He has a strong interest in designing for social causes and nonprofit institutions, and has contributed his design and technical expertise to the ProjectSpark and Play for Parkinson’s websites along with research and conceptual development on numerous other projects. He was one of only a few students invited to the July 2011 AIGA Alabama Design Summit, where design thinking was used to develop ways to defeat the limitations facing social and economic development in rural Alabama.

  • Get Out the Vote Exhibition

    KITCHEN [K], a design gallery founded in 2000 by KINETIK, is back with Vote!, a pop-up gallery exhibition featuring work from AIGA's Get Out the Vote initiative and World Studio Foundation's Design Ignites Change project.

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  • Ceremony for Children’s National CEO

    After collaborating with KINETIK on many projects over several years, Children’s National Medical Center selected the KINETIK team to create event materials for the Center’s prestigious installation ceremony of their new president and CEO.

  • HOW Interactive Design Conference

    KINETIK designers recently spent three days immersed in learning the latest technologies for web, digital, mobile and other interactive work from leading experts around the country at the HOW Interactive Design Conference.

  • AIGA DC 50 Awards

    KINETIK was honored with four awards in the 12th annual AIGA 50, the biennial juried exhibition of AIGA DC that showcases the 50 strongest examples of design excellence produced in our region during the past two years.

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  • Alabama Design Summit

    KINETIK participated in the AIGA Alabama Design Summit, an invitational event where attendees used design thinking to create community-based social change to improve social and economic development in rural Alabama

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