Michael Hodgson



Michael Hodgson is the principal of Ph.D, a Santa Monica-based design firm serving an enlightened roster of clients with visual acuity, crisp thinking and penetrating wit. Ph.D’s work has been executed across a wide range of mediums for a mix of Fortune 500 companies, innovation leaders and cultural institutions such as 20th Century Fox, Border Grill, Chronicle Books, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Gehry Partners, The Getty Foundation, Herman Miller, liveBooks, Nike and The Rand Corporation.

Born and raised in London, Hodgson studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London and graduated from Brighton College of Art in 1974. He began his career at the influential magazine Harpers & Queen (under the legendary Willie Landels), where he would eventually become art director, until his departure in 1979.

Hodgson is president emeritus of AIGA Los Angeles and serves on the advisory board of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design, for which he has been instrumental in recruiting more than 100,000 design firms (and counting) to sign the Designers Accord, a Kyoto treaty for responsible design. In 2007 he was named an AIGA Fellow, the highest honor awarded by AIGA chapters.

Most weekends he can be found on his Trek carving trails through the Santa Monica Mountains or perhaps dashing across the finish line at a local triathlon. He is married to Gill Hodgson and has three beautiful daughters: Lily, Maudie Rae and Lucie. He always, always makes time for tea.