John is a fully funded postdoctoral Creative Engagement Research Fellow working with IBM to explore the possibilities of a design language for artificial intelligence and machine learning.


John has a background in photography, shooting architecture globally for editorial and industry. He worked as an interaction and interface designer for ten years for clients including The Wikipedia Foundation, Universal Music, Exxon, Global eHealth Foundation and and others. John has lived and worked as a designer and art director in London, Berlin, Milan and Brussels and exhibited his work at Moderna Museet Stockholm, Bauhaus Dessau, FACT Liverpool, Transmediale Berlin and Bozar, Brussels.


John’s work as an interaction designer covers diverse fields such as healthcare, engineering and music, but consistently emphasises narrative legibility and clarity of purpose. A guiding principle is the ethical and moral responsibilities of designers of digital technologies and careful consideration of how they intersect with human behaviour. He is currently a design consultant for two major global and national web application projects.


John’s research interests include the nature of digital experiences and how they may be externalised in physical forms, urban rights and open technologies, interface ethics, and data activism. He has presented research at conferences internationally including: CHI, NordiCHI, DIS, INCITI Recife, IEEE Vis, and DRS.


As a teacher, John lectures at the Royal College of Art on the Information Experience Design MA. He holds a BA (Hons) in Photography Film, Video and Animation from West Surrey College of Art and Design and an MRes with Distinction in Information Environments from LCC. He recently completed a PhD in design research at the RCA.