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As a teenager in London, Philip was a cut-and-paste artist active in the city's freestyle bicycle/skateboard subculture. He was art director of a magazine called RaD that initially focused on BMX and later on skateboarding. In 1986, 2 years before moving to the United States, he founded Anarchic Adjustment, a clothing company that initially focused on skate punk wear but later became known for its rave fashion, such as T-shirts featuring aliens, UFOs, or MDMA-inspired slogans like "open your mind." i-D later characterized it as a "maverick streetwear brand that emerged at the intersection of the skate, freestyle BMX and proto-rave scenes of the late 80s."
Philip also created some of the first Bay Area rave fliers using photocopiers and collages, and has been described by Simon Reynolds as one of the "prime movers" who catalyzed the West Coast rave scene (several of whom where British expatriates).
Phiilip was co-founder of the multimedia studio SFX in San Francisco from 1993-94. He also designed a number of CD covers for the ambient music label Silent Records during this time.
In the mid-1990s Philip worked on the film What Dreams May Come; in the movie's 1998 release, Philip is credited with "painted world visual effects: Lunarfish" (Lunarfish being a San-Francisco-based special-effects and CGI company). In 1997 Philip released Radical Beauty on Om Records, a combination of audio CD and computer CD-ROM that combines music, graphic art, computer animation, and an interactive digital mixing capacity. It won the Best Digital Contents Award at San Francisco Multimedia Summit. The music on the audio CD was provided by a range of techno, hip-hop, and ambient artists, including Mixmaster Morris, T-Power and Daniel Pemberton.
Philip has worked as a videographer, in collaboration with audio artists Sun Electric ("Meccano"), Prana, and Journeyman. "Meccano" was the first video to be played on MTV's electronic music show Amp. Around 2000, together with musicians Jeff Taylor and Simon Colley, he founded a music/video project called Alloy , which was invited to perform at the UK festival Big Chill, who also featured Alloy's track "Vague Electricity" on one of its compilations.
From around 2006 on, Philip became known for his Imaginary Foundation clothing line. His 2022 "Paperback Metaverse" exhibition in San Francisco featured an "immersive sculpture" made out of old pulp novels with augmented reality elements.
- Reynolds, Simon (June 19, 2013). Generation Ecstasy. Routledge. p. 152. ISBN 978-0415923736.
Nick Philip's clothing company, Anarchic Adjustment, went from purveying skatepunk wear to being 'a mouthpiece for loved-up ecstasy consciousness.'" [...] 'We were the first to put aliens and UFOs on shirts,' claims Philip.
- Seward, Mahoro (2020-04-22). "The minds behind Palace x Anarchic Adjustment in conversation". i-D. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
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- Mireille Silcott: Rave America: New School Dancescapes. ISBN 978-1-55022-383-5 p.63 ("A graphic designer named Nick Philip created a San Fran rave-gear company called Anarchic Adjustment, specializing in T-shirts emblazoned with buzz phrases like 'open your mind' and images of aliens; the company was soon raking in thirty thousand dollars a season.")
- Darren Keast: Computer World. East Bay Express, August 29, 2001
- Ito, Joi. "The Next Great (Digital) Extinction". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
- Reynolds, Simon (1999). Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture. Psychology Press. pp. 149–150. ISBN 978-0-415-92373-6.
[...] the West Coast's [rave] scene was directly catalyzed, in large part, by British expatriates. In San Francisco a remarkable number of the prime movers were from the UK: [...including] clothes designer Nick Philip.
- Staff, WIRED. "Street Cred Contributors". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
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- Strauss, Neil (1997-01-19). "A New, Spacey Look For MTV". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-06-12.
[...] Nick Philip, who directed the computer-morphing video for Sun Electric's 'Meccano,' an 'Amp' favorite.
- Pescovitz, David (2016-10-17). "Anarchic Adjustment: pioneering street culture brand revived at L.A. art show". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
- Pescovitz, David (2022-10-01). "Mind-bending pulp paperback augmented reality installation from Imaginary Foundation". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2023-12-10.
- Melnick), Former Writer (Kyle (2022-10-04). "'Paperback Metaverse' Exhibit Combines Books And AR". VRScout. Retrieved 2023-12-10.
- Fault Radio Talks: A Conversation with Nick Philip. Interview by Michelangelo Battaglia, April 22, 2020
- 1998 interview (Shift magazine, Japan)