Philip has a Diploma in Visual Communications from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. His work in visual communications encompasses graphic design, art direction, typography and photography. He began designing graphics for fine arts, theatre and music clients in New Zealand and London, before entering advertising where he has worked as a type director and design director. His career has found him living in cities as diverse as New York, Detroit, Shanghai and Amsterdam. Philip has operated his design studio since 2006 and is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he continues to work for clients locally and internationally.
Philip created unique typography for the monograph Exhibition by acclaimed NYC design studio Socio X, published by Graphis Books. His custom type and type direction has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, Paper magazine, Communication Arts and the Graphis Design Annual. Philip's work has been recognized with Cannes Lion, Clios, Obies and a Gold Pencil at the One Show. In the New Zealand Designer's Institute Best Awards for 2015 he received a Purple Pin for his work on the Tourism New Zealand Brand Identity and a Gold Pin for the catalogue design of Lisa Reihana In Pursuit of Venus for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.