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Graphic Designer Herbie Hickmott
Herbie Hickmott
Adjunct Professor



URBN Center, 4A10

Herbie Hickmott (he/him/his) is a graphic designer and teacher. He is a life-long resident of the Philadelphia area, a cooking enthusiast, a crossword puzzler, and a list maker.

Herbie has been teaching at Drexel since 2014, with coursework that includes the Adobe Creative Suite, fundamentals of graphic design, visual communication, and logo design. He also spent several years teaching first-year Graphic Design students: welcoming them to the Graphic Design program, Drexel’s campus, and to Philadelphia.

As an alumnus of the Graphic Design program, Herbie brings his own experiences to the coursework and aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all students in his class.

In addition to teaching at Drexel, Herbie works full-time as an in-house graphic designer for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). His work focuses on supporting PWD’s core mission of providing Philadelphians with high-quality and safe drinking water. Select projects from his work at the Philadelphia Water Department include Philly Water Bar, Drink Philly Tap, and Philly Free Streets. Herbie also works closely with co-ops, when they join the Visual Communication team at the Philadelphia Water Department -- often working with former students who are now co-workers!

Herbie Hickmott received his BS, cum laude, in Graphic Design from Drexel University.

He maintains a small freelance practice out of his home in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

BS, cum laude, Graphic Design, Drexel University

Water Data Prize
Herbie Hickmott and his colleagues at the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) were named winners of the 2020 Water Data Prize from the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC). Their submission, "Tap You Can Trust" aims to present info about Philadelphia’s water quality in an accessible, approachable, and thoughtful way. You can view their submission here: and learn more about the Water Data Prize here:

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
Herbie Hickmott was a featured presenter at the 2020 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) North American Virtual Conference, held in September 2020. Alongside colleagues from the Philadelphia Water Department, he co-presented a session titled “Re-inventing Communication Approaches through Art, Design, and Superheroes.”

View Herbie’s portfolio here: