Chris Hacker

Graduate Graphic Design


Chris Hacker is a Professor in the Graphic Design Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design. He brings Design management and mutli-disiciplinary training to the program. He is Chief Design Officer of Hacker Design Group, a design consultancy specializing in Product and Brand Design Management and Sustainability Design.

Previously, Chris was Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller and was Creative Director, Consumer and Specialty. He provided design and marketing leadership to the Herman Miller Collection and Consumer businesses and Geiger, he guided product, experience, and communication design that supported the strategic objectives of these businesses. Prior to joining Herman Miller, Chris was the Chief Design Officer for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. The teams managed project work in all three divisions of J&J and corporate work for the central functions including communications, HR and facilities. In addition, Hacker led the environmental sustainability effort at the J&J Consumer Companies.

Hacker’s passion is bringing awareness to designers and other business people of their power in the business world to make sustainable design a key paradigm of design process and therefore make the products and materials produced lighter on the planet.

Chris was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™ prior to joining Johnson & Johnson.
Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture and Art. He is a recognized expert in Corporate Design Leadership and is a frequent national speaker on design & design sustainability.

He is a member and past- Chair of the Global Agenda Council-Design for the World Economic Forum.


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