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School of Graphic Design Faculty

Mary Scott

Director Emeritus, School of Graphic Design

School of Graphic Design Chair Mary Scott can usually be found teaching the programs's signature portfolio class to both grads and undergrads. This gives her a bird's-eye view of the students as they launch their careers in design. Prior to coming to the Academy in 1999, Mary taught at Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design. Her professional life was spent as partner and creative director at Maddocks & Company in Los Angeles, where her projects for Procter & Gamble, Hitachi, Sony, Disney, Microsoft, Max Factor, Avon and Vidal Sassoon received numerous industry awards. With almost 40 years of experience, Mary has served on the national board of AIGA, was chapter president in Los Angeles, and received the AIGA Fellows Award from the San Francisco Chapter in 2006. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Academy of Art University. Her hobby is landscape and garden design.

Phil Hamlett

Director, School of Graphic Design

Graduate Director Phil Hamlett teaches classes, develops curriculum, manages the thesis development process, and provides broader strategic guidance for the graduate program. His students emerge as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at leading firms around the world. Prior to joining the Academy in 2004, Phil led design studios on both coasts, doing award-winning work for clients large and small. His extensive experience provides him with the perspective necessary to prepare students for the challenges of the real world. Capable of playing a wide variety of design and communication roles, he is adept at identifying creative challenges, distilling core objectives, and facilitating the development of whatever works to make it all better. As a former AIGA national board member, founder of Compostmodern and co-author of The Living Principles for Design, he sets the agenda for sustainable business practice within the design community through writing and speaking engagements. Phil was recently named incoming president of the AIGA San Francisco chapter, his term begins in June of 2014.

Anitra Nottingham

Online Director, School of Graphic Design

Online Director Anitra Nottingham translates the Academy's onsite program into an innovative and ever-evolving online learning environment, providing strategic guidance for the online learning process and the broader development of the School of Graphic Design. She develops curriculum – building and teaching online classes for both MFA and BFA programs – and guides the thesis development process for online MFA students. Anitra's students attend their virtual classes from all over the world and emerge from Academy's online-only program as advanced practitioners uniquely prepared for their respective markets. Before coming to the Academy in 2006, Anitra was a book designer for Oxford University Press and Penguin Books Australia, and creative director of numerous teams – most recently for the software company Intuit. Her research interests are in e-learning technology and the socio-material practices of design education. She is a self-confessed typography nerd and can be found typesetting classic novels for kicks.

William Culpepper

Undergraduate Online Associate Director, School of Graphic Design

‍For the past 14 years, William Culpepper has worked on a variety of visual communication projects for both public and private organizations. His practice has encompassed all facets of the graphic design profession, from typesetting at a local newspaper to acting as creative director for national campaigns. In his current capacity at the Academy, he manages the organization and quality of online class content, and in addition facilitates learning and skills acquisition in graduate-level thesis development courses. Prior to arriving at Academy of Art University, William has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Arizona University and Ferris State University. William received his BFA from Montana State University and his MFA at Academy of Art University. His thesis project, “Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts through Graphic Design,” has become an active point of reference for the design community and its efforts to promote “Design for Good.” This project has been featured in national design publications, online and in print, including Communication Arts, Design Observer and AIGA's Design for Good. William’s work includes mixed media and visual messaging through typography. His artistry is interactive and customized to reflect locations, situations, conversations and observations from his environment, and has been exhibited across the United States and nationally. William currently lives in Bozeman, Montana looking for perfect vistas in the morning light with his wife and two active daughters.

Thomas McNulty

Undergraduate Associate Director, School of Graphic Design

Thomas McNulty has taught at the Academy since 1991 and has served as a brand and package design consultant for over 25 years in the U.S. and Europe. During his career, he has worked with renowned designer Robert Miles Runyan, Enterprise IG, CFNAPA, Neworld Associates (Ireland) and was the co-founder and vice president of Profile Design in San Francisco for over 10 years. He has successfully managed and directed many multinational brand and packaging programs for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Apple, Oracle, The Hershey Company, Art of the Olympians, Logitech, Pasta Pomodoro, Charles Krug Winery, Anomaly Vineyards, Lynch Vineyards, Trinchero Family Estates, Mrs Fields, Safeway, The Coca-Cola (Ireland) and Mileeven Fine Foods (Ireland), winning awards and recognition for design excellence. His work can be found in numerous design industry publications. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design.

John Nettleton

Undergraduate Associate Director, School of Graphic Design

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.

Jeremy Stout

Online Associate Director, School of Graphic Design

Jeremy Stout has been the associate online director for the School of Graphic Design since 2009. He develops content integral to school curriculum and planning in the MFA and BFA programs. His wide range of design experience allows him to teach all levels of typography, brand, digital and print design. Jeremy has worked at a number of large and small firms in the Bay Area. At Chronicle Books he art directed and designed over 150 titles. He was also a senior designer at Landor and Associates, where he created branding for clients such as FedEx, Visa, Accenture and John Deere. At Character, he was as an art director on projects for clients such as Nike, Restoration Hardware, Facebook and Adobe. Jeremy has received numerous awards for his graphic design and fine art painting. He is a recipient of the Gold Award for packaging. His work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been shown nationwide in numerous galleries.

Hunter Wimmer

Associate Director, School of Graphic Design

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. Hunter's 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.

Samantha Perkins

Online Coordinator, School of Graphic Design

Samantha Perkins spends her days at her computer, writing and teaching for the online program as online class coordinator. When Samantha joined the Academy faculty in June 2013, she had already been teaching graphic design and architecture for nearly 10 years. She has worked across design industries and the academic landscape as an in-house graphic designer for University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, as well as working as an environmental graphic designer at Catt Lyon Design of Cincinnati and an architectural designer at DSGN Associates of Dallas. Recently, Samantha obtained her MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy, focusing her thesis materials on the use of context and behavior in the development of wayfinding educational materials. Her efforts have earned design accolades from the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers and national recognition from the Interior Design Educators Council. Her thesis findings have been presented at conferences for both organizations, as well as to students at both Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Cincinnati School of Design.