Phil Hamlett

Executive Director
School of Graphic Design

Phil Hamlett is a design leader, educator, and first-generation digital native. Wherever he may be found — he unites creative minds to common purpose, utilizing the transformative power of design to cultivate good ideas. He is committed to helping people achieve their visions through the rigorous application of innovative education, design thinking, responsible leadership, and co-creation.

Phil is currently the Director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a unique academic institution with a large international student body and robust online program. In this setting, he does everything from teaching classes to setting the strategic agenda for the School. His students emerge as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at leading studios and technology companies in the Bay Area and around the world.

Prior to joining the Academy, Phil led design studios on both coasts, creating award-winning work for clients large and small. He is a past president of the AIGA San Francisco chapter and a former AIGA national board member. He is also an advisor to San Francisco Design Week, founder of Compostmodern and co-author of the Living Principles for Design — the means by which he guides the development of sustainable business practice within the design community. As a charter member of the Winterhouse Institute Founder’s Circle, he helps articulate the value of design education for social impact.

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