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Phillip Niemeyer



Phillip Niemeyer

Phillip Niemeyer is a graphic designer, animator, director, curator, and founder of the studio Northern-Southern. Phillip received his JD from the University of Texas and worked as a litigation and civil rights attorney in Austin, Texas prior to embarking on a career in design.

Phillip’s animation and film title work have appeared in internationally distributed feature films and in film festival selections at SXSW and Sundance. He has directed music videos for Spoon, Josh Ritter, and Fiery Furnaces, among others. Prior to founding Northern-Southern, Phillip was co-founder of the Brooklyn-based design studio Double Triple (2007-11) and worked with New York studio Project Projects. Currently he is curating a series of group shows at Northern-Southern that mix art, design, music/sound, and anything else that will fit. He is also a regular contributor to the opinion-editorial page of the Boston Globe.

Phillip is interested in the processes and methods of creativity and design, and the history of design methods and design thinking. He is particularly fascinated by mid-twentieth-century artists/designers/writers such as Karl Gerstner, Bruno Munari, Sol LeWitt, and György Kepes, whose work spanned the fields of conceptual art, logic, science, and mathematics. Phillip’s personal art/design work explores the concept of collective memory, and revels in the joy of process and fun for fun's sake.