Photo credit: Bridget Mahan
John came to design and teaching via tangled paths that included degrees in literature; work in a book store; a six-year stint in Tokyo writing annual reports and editing securities research; editorial and design practice; a degree in design; and, eventually and by accident, teaching. One constant throughout has been an interest in the look, feel and uses of words.
His teaching emphases are typography, design discourse and history, and getting at the stories behind and around design practice and problems. His research interests — which seep into his teaching — include telegraphic codes and message practice, 1870-1945; hardware stores (in literature and art); emblematics; and asphalt (material and metaphor). He has presented on several of these topics at academic conferences, listed here.
Education: A.B., English, M.A., Malay-Indonesian Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A., Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art.