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Phnam Bagley

Partner & Creative DirectorNonfiction Design

San Francisco, CA

Member Since August 2021


Creative Direction
Sustainable Design


Phnam Bagley designs the future of everything, on and off planet Earth. She co-founded Nonfiction, a design firm that turns science fiction into reality for a better future. She is a French industrial designer, futurist and aerospace architect creating cutting-edge hardware and experiences in Wearables, Healthcare and Wellness, Education, Robotics, Transportation, and Aerospace. She specializes in turning groundbreaking technologies into attainable, intuitive, and beautiful products and experiences that help humans become the best versions of themselves. Her work is exclusively focused on projects that support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and create a positive impact on humanity, the environment and innovation. These projects may include: How do we build an educational system that supports neurodiversity, autonomy, and prepares kids for the future of work? How do we use neuroscience to turn humans into super-humans? How do we save lives faster and build resilience in people who have life-threatening jobs? How do we make disabilities a thing of the past? How do we make living in space more human? Phnam works with a variety of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 and government agencies, covering 4 continents. Clients include NASA, Intel, Facebook, Atari, Philips, Alpine, Mistletoe, Halo Neuroscience, and more. She speaks internationally on the subject of “Designing the Future of Everything”, covering stories of sustainability, design, space exploration, education and human flourishing. With her partner Mardis Bagley, she co-hosts an educational video series called Future Future, sharing tools and insights about design and the future of everything.

Published content

Here's how smaller brands engage in meaningful philanthropy

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Committing to a good cause doesn't need to break the bank. Although start-up business owners are oftentimes running their operations on a tight ship with a limited budget, that doesn't necessarily prevent them from giving back to the local or global community on a regular basis.  With their heart in the right place, leaders who are passionate about a worthy cause should research specific organizations that align with their company's core values and overall mission. Then, commit to involving their entire team in a company partnership–with at least one of those charities–that will truly make a better difference. Below, Fast Company Executive Board members provide 11 ideas to help early employers get creative about how to incorporate philanthropy with purpose in a cost-effective way.

The art of thriving without competing


Being non-competitive allows you to focus on what really matters to you without fear of judgment. It gives you the space to reflect and innovate, and to be unafraid of trying something new. Once you have embraced this mindset, you're free to focus on excellence.

15 strategies to build brand recognition on YouTube

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Here's how to attract and retain long-term clients. If you are thinking about launching a YouTube page to increase consumer knowledge about your products or services, it's important to focus on the key interests of your target base and deliver that content consistently. Finding a creative way to keep viewers engaged with your company through a topic you are mutually passionate about is the perfect way to demonstrate your knowledge and establish further credibility in the marketplace. In the end, the goal is to convert your social media followers into new loyal customers, but it's not so easy. To assist leaders with these efforts to grow their company's business, here are 15 reliable tips, courtesy of Fast Company Executive Board members.

Designing for impact: How good design benefits humanity, the environment, and innovation


Design for the future should only have one goal: positive impact. If we can’t answer the “why” behind a new product, it deserves a hard pass.

14 strategies to get your content in front of the right audience

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The best content in the world won't have a positive impact on your audience—or your bottom line—if nobody sees it. Creating content can be difficult on its own, but sometimes an even bigger challenge is ensuring that it reaches the target audience. Careful content crafting must always be married to a well-planned marketing strategy; otherwise, those you hope to help or to draw to your business will likely never hear your message. The members of Fast Company Executive Board know that a successful content strategy takes more than just a clever way with words. Below, 14 of them share practical steps marketing teams can take to drive more traffic to a company’s published content.

15 ways leaders can diagnose the reasons for rapid turnover

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If you’re seeing high rates of resignation, these strategies can help you identify the reasons why. When a company is experiencing high attrition rates, it isn’t always easy to pinpoint the reason (or reasons) employees are leaving. Countless factors can influence someone’s decision to stay at or leave their place of employment; some are within the organization’s control, and some are not. However, when a company is seeing steady turnover, there are likely one or more underlying problems that are happening on the inside. It’s critical for leadership to identify those issues to prevent even more employees from leaving—especially in today’s tight workers’ market. If your company is struggling with steady or growing employee turnover rates, try these 15 strategies from the members of Fast Company Executive Board to get to the root of the problem. The sooner you discover the cause(s), the sooner you can implement real solutions.

Company details

Nonfiction Design

Company bio

Nonfiction is an award-winning creative studio specializing in hardware design, branding, user experience design, aerospace architecture, engineering, and strategy. We turn science fiction into reality for a better future. We engage consumers through the design of unique and sophisticated products with rich backstories. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, governments, and funded startups all over the world. We leverage our relationships with manufacturing partners to execute your ideas on time and


Creative design

Area of focus

Industrial Design
Systems Design
Mechanical Engineering

Company size

11 - 50

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