Thomas Layley Hapgood Jr.

Thomas Layley Hapgood Jr.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Head of Graphic Design

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(ART)-School of Art

Phone: 479-575-7405

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I am an associate professor and head of the graphic design program, and began working here in wonderful Arkansas in 2005. I earned an undergraduate degree in photojournalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. 

I grew up on the banks of the Sudbury River outside of Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to the southeastern Arizona desert for several years. I then went on to live in Karlsruhe, [West] Germany as a “military brat” with the U.S. Army for five years and graduated high school there, followed by two years of mission work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in central Italy. I speak German fairly well and Italian fluently.

I am an experienced speaker, and specialize in design startups and design business consulting.

These days, I focus on startup business identity and strategic design rollout, with strengths in typography, user experience, web development with clients ranging from non-profits to large, established corporations.

I have much experience in all areas of graphic design, some of which involved manually laying out newspaper pages with wax, knives and one-point tape, to hand-coding web sites at the height of the dot-com boom and bust, working with clients such as Marriott, MTV, American Bankers Association, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Water Environment Foundation and Verizon.


While in my previous position at the University of Arizona, I led the interface team for the Pachyderm web-based presentation software, collaborating with designers and programmers from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and several other museums and universities around North America. I have worked recently with many Northwest Arkansas design firms and agencies on clients such as J.B. Hunt and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.



I worked with my esteemed colleagues in the creation of completely reimagined Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree that came online in Fall 2016 with our first graduating class in Spring 2019. This forward-looking degree creation involved writing many requisite new sequential course offerings in contemporary graphic design topics, professional internship connections, a cohort system of student cohesion and a complete re-imagining of the students’ studio spaces and instruction environment.

  • Digital Tools and Concepts
  • User Experience
  • Interactive Language (interactive/coding)
  • Professional Development
  • Degree Project

Master of Fine Arts (Visual Communication), University of Arizona

B.A., Journalism, University of Arizona

I come from both academia and industry, enabling me to keep work well within both realms, engaging in interesting projects with motivated clients, as well as bringing the latest techniques and industry understanding to the classroom.