Lecturer, Graphic Design
A practicing design professional with over 30 years of industry experience, Philip began his career at the studio of reknowned publication designer Roger Black in New York City, assisting with the redesign of prominent magazines including Esquire, Time and Smart Money. While in New York, he also worked as assistant photo editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. After situating in the San Francisco Bay Area, Philip served as a designer at Mother Jones magazine and an art director at Bank of America, before establishing his own studio, Conifer Creative. Conifer works with a variety of mission-driven and environmentally conscious clients including MidPeninsula Open Space, Capitol Corridor, and 37.5 Technology.
His interest and involvement in the graphic design and education is wide-ranging. He has curated design exhibits in collaboration with History San Jose, as well as the San Francisco Center for the Book, where he also taught letterpress printing using vintage wood type and a mid-19th century letterpress. His fascination with typography led to a collaboration with San Francisco-based Psy-Ops Foundry to resurrect and digitize historical typefaces. Additionally, Philip writes frequently about design trends and design influentials for major industry periodicals including Communication Arts, Print and Metropolis.