After two years of studying natural sciences at Columbia University
in New York, Philipp entered the industrial design programme at ArtCenter
College of Design (Swiss campus) and graduated from the main campus
in Los Angeles.
At product design consultancy SeymourPowell in London, Philipp was
involved in various NPD projects, ranging from automotive to telecommunications.
Later on he applied his expertise at a naval design company in southern
France and as freelance ethnographer and design consultant.
From time to time he teaches at the Hamburg
School of Fine Arts, and gives talks on ethnography at professional
and academic design events.