Celebrating the life of LA Design Legend Michael “Mick” Hodgson

AIGA Los Angeles and the LA design community sadly mourns the loss of our mentor, friend, and design hero — Michael “Mick” Hodgson.



Michael “Mick” Hodgson 1952 – 2023

Internationally renowned designer and fellow Los Angeles design leader, Michael “Mick” Hodgson, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2023 at his home in Venice, CA at the age of 71.

Michael was born on March 15, 1952 in London, England, studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London and graduated from Brighton College of Art in 1974. After graduation, he began his career as a graphic designer at Harpers & Queen under the legendary Willie Landels, and served as art director until 1979, when he moved to Los Angeles to start his own design firm.

In 1988, Michael founded Ph.D, A Design Office with Clive Piercy. Inspired by Paul Smith and Steve McQueen, his style was both tasteful and bold which earned international recognition.

From 2004–2006, Michael served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, The Professional Association for Design. In 2007, he was a recipient of the AIGA LA Fellows Award, the highest honor awarded by the chapter.

A keen cyclist who had a passion for the cycling community, he once followed the Tour de France for a year and a half and helped publish a book called The Greatest Race with photographer Mike Powell.

Michael will be remembered as a mentor, friend, and as a design hero for his creative work including environmental design and signage, visual identity and branding, art direction and print.

He is survived by his wife, Gill Hodgson, and his three beautiful daughters, Lily, Maudie Rae, and Lucie.

A memorial for Michael Hodgson will be held at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles on July 9, 2023 at 12:30pm.



Over the course of his career, Michael’s work played a key role elevating the Los Angeles design scene to the international stage. In addition to his vast body of work that spanned from Fortune 500 companies, leading architects and innovators, to cultural institutions, the AIGA LA Chapter will always remember and celebrate him for his remarkable dedication and generosity to our community. Our hearts go out to Michael’s wife, family, associates and friends. They are in our thoughts and we send them our condolences.

Sadly and respectfully,
AIGA Los Angeles

By AIGA Los Angeles
Published June 30, 2023
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