Thomas Layley Hapgood Jr.
Graphic Design program head
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
I am an associate professor and head of the graphic design program. I led the creation of an accredited new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree after hiring two excellent graphic design colleagues, created 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. Previously, as assistant professor, I successfully created an abbreviated contemporary design emphasis with a suite of six new design courses, constructing three computer labs and arranging internships with local design agencies. I am an experienced speaker, and specialize in design startups and design business consulting.
I grew up on the banks of the Sudbury River outside of Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to the southeastern Arizona desert. I then went on to live in Karlsruhe, [West] Germany for five years, followed by a church mission in central Italy for two years. I earned an undergraduate degree in photojournalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. I have much experience in print and interactive design, some of which happened at newspapers, anything from laying out pages with X-ACTO knives and one-point tape, or hand-coding html for early Web browsers. While working in Web design at the height of the dot-com boom, I worked with clients such as Marriott, MTV, American Bankers Association, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Water Environment Foundation and Verizon. While in 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.
Startup business identity and strategic design rollout.
Digital Tools and Concepts, User Experience, Interactive Language (interactive/coding), Professional Development
Master of Fine Arts (Visual Communication), University of Arizona
B.A., Journalism, University of Arizona