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Mary Scott
Mary Scott
Executive Director, Chair

For over 25 years, Mary Scott was Vice-President and Director of Creative Operations for Maddocks & Company, a multi-disciplinary firm involved in all phases of communication design. The firm's clients range from Procter & Gamble, Microsoft Web TV, Disney, Platinum Equities, Warner Bros, Columbia TriStar Pictures, Cheseborough-Ponds, Fredericks of Hollywood, Avon, The Limited and Sony.

Mary taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for more than ten years and at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. During her years at Art Center, she was twice honored with the Center's "Great Teacher Award." After five years at Academy of Art College (now Academy of Art University), Mary has been mentioned in 2004 Who's Who Among America's Teachers, an honor she feels is deeply rewarding.

In September of 1999, Mary was named Chair of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University, serving as a department chair and as an instructor. Her mission is to continue developing a curriculum that truly serves the needs of the design student in a rapidly evolving, dynamic profession. In 2000, she assumed the role of Chair of Graphic Design for both the graduate and undergraduate schools.

Since 1998, Mary has served on the National Board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and is a former Los Angeles Chapter President. At the 1999 AIGA Biennial Conference in Las Vegas, Mary was a speaker at the Student Sessions. Mary was a judge for the 2000 AIGA Enrichment Scholarship and for the AIGA Annual Student Portfolio Days from 2000 through 2004. In 2001, she was one of the three judges in the Minneapolis Chapter of the AIGA's Annual Design Show and in March she went to New York to be one of the judges for the 2001 Clio Awards. Mary has served as Development Chair on the AIGA San Francisco board since 2001.

Phil Hamlett
Phil Hamlett
Director of Graduate Graphic Design

Prior to directing the MFA program at Academy of Art University, Phil Hamlett was Communications Director at Turner & Associates, where he identified fundamental client objectives and facilitated the development of the core messages, conceptual frameworks and communications vehicles best suited to address those needs. His extensive experience with a wide variety of corporate communications, investor relations and print collateral materials – for companies both large and small – provides him with the perspective necessary prepare students for the challenges of the real world.

His work for clients such as Yahoo!, Adaptec, Macromedia, Ariba, PeopleSoft, IBM, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Clorox, Seagate Technology, Turner Broadcasting, Nabisco, Dickson's Specialty Printing and Anderson Lithograph can be seen in numerous design publications and award show catalogs.

Prior to joining Turner in 1999, Hamlett was a Principal and Director of Creative Services for EAI/Atlanta, where he played a key role in that firm's development. In addition, Hamlett is a regionally and nationally recognized design commentator and competition judge: his Library Journal design book reviews are seen everywhere on the web, and his recent Compostmodern design conference has been well received. A native Atlantan, Hamlett graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens in 1986.

Anitra Nottingham
Anitra Nottingham
Online Director of Graphic Design

Anitra is a 1992 graduate of Monash University’s Design School, with a major in Computer Animation. She started her career in advertising and package design, and in 1996 started to specialize in book design.

Anitra has worked for Oxford University Press Australasia and Penguin Books Australia. Her book design work has ranged across the publishing spectrum from trade to academic work. She has designed titles for dictionaries and reference, adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. She was short listed for the Australian Book Industry Award in 1998.

After moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Anitra took a position as Creative Director for London Road Design, which was at the time a small design firm specializing in print and online marketing communications for the technology, health and entertainment sectors. After the company disbanded in 2002, Anitra started a freelance design consultancy, and at the same time began teaching design at California State University.

In 2004 she joined Intuit Inc, maker of financial software solutions that include TurboTax, QuickBooks and Quicken. She first was a Senior Member of the in-house design team, then took the position as Design Director for the Creative Services Team. In this position Anitra was responsible for packaging, corporate communications and marketing solutions company-wide.

Anitra became Online Director for the Graphic Design School at Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2006 and continues to hold the position while now working remotely from Australia.

Hunter Wimmer
Hunter Wimmer
Associate Director

Hunter Wimmer has nearly two decades of experience in translating strategic business objectives into innovative, relevant visual solutions. As design director for IDEO, he broadened his professional scope by bringing a unique perspective on user-centered research and multidisciplinary collaboration into the overall design process. Through his work with Gap and as design director of Banana Republic’s marketing team, he discovered new insights into branding and consumer messaging, which he leverages in both his work and teaching. Prior to joining the Academy in 2005, he spent several years anchoring the Graphic Design program at the University of California Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. His work has been featured in numerous books and publications such as Print, HOW, Critique and Wallpaper magazines. He holds a degree in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Hunter can be found blogging at room557.com and redneckmodern.com.

Thomas McNulty
Thomas McNulty
Associate Director of Graphic Design

Thomas McNulty has served as a brand and package design consultant for over 25 years in United States and in Europe. Thomas has taught at Academy of Art University since 1991 and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. During his career, he has worked with renowned designer Robert Miles Runyan, Enterprise IG, CFNAPA, Neworld Associates, Dublin, Ireland, and was Co-Founder and Vice President of Profile Design in San Francisco for 10 years.

Thomas has successfully managed and directed many multi-national brand and packaging programs for Anheuser Busch, Apple, Raychem,  Oracle, Charles Krug Winery, Anomaly Vineyards, Lynch Vineyards, Coca-Cola (Ireland),  Mrs. Fields, Mileeven Fine Foods, Ireland, Otis Spunkmeyer, and Safeway Stores, winning numerous awards and recognition for design excellence.

Publications include: American Corporate Identity, Communication Arts, Graphis, Graphic Design U.S.A., International Packaging, Print Magazine, CMYK and Graphic Design Business Association, Europe. His company, Profile Design, was featured as a leading graphic design agency in the San Francisco Graphic Design Showcase publication.

Amy Broadbent
Amy Broadbent
Full-time Faculty

Amy Broadbent has been at the Academy of Art University since 1992. In her teaching, Amy emphasizes the correct use of tools and materials to freshmen students, creating mockups of graphic design projects, including brochures, shopping bags, embossed and die cut packages, and bottle labels. She has over 30 years of experience in creative services. Amy has designed marketing and promotional materials for the following clients, among others: American Express, Chevron, Ford Motors, United Vacations, Wells Fargo Bank, Levi’s, Pacific Bell, KNBR, Coldwell Banker, Century 21 Contempo, Schwab Institutional, Fugazi Travel, Glaucoma Research Foundation and the Diocese of Oakland.

Amy has a BFA in Advertising from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. After coming to the U.S., she worked for Cato, Yasumura, Behaeghel and later became art director for Ogilvy & Mather Direct. She also founded a design agency in San Francisco. Amy has been published in the International Biographical Centre in England, Who’s Who In Advertising, California Who’s Who, San Francisco Business Times, Contra Costa Daily Post Ledger and in Philippine publications.

John Nettleton
John Nettleton
Full-time Faculty

John Nettleton has extensive experience in both academia and professional practice. He previously served as chair of the Graphic Design Program at OCAD University in Toronto and as an assistant professor at Oregon State University. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, John was the creative director for a Seattle-area design studio. He has also practiced as an art director and designer in Washington, D.C. His design work ranges across a wide range of projects and experiences, from corporate communications to branding, identity systems, environmental design, publication and web design. Clients have included Nike, Microsoft, Filson and The National Academy of Sciences. His research examines design process, methodology, systems and design education. His design work has received numerous awards and has been shown at a number of venues. John has also presented at numerous national and international design and visual communication conferences. John earned an MFA in Design/Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Advertising Design from Boise State University.

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