Design Principal
May 2014–present
Inspired and directed strategic and creative work for web and mobile product for a multi-disciplinary teams ranging from 5 to 40 people across mutiple product portfolios. Evangelist and implementer of Design Thinking methodology across several product groups. Executive Strategy and Delivery Workshop facilitation and leadership for
multi-functional teams of design, engineering, product management, sales, and marketing. Led the development of new design systems and team structures. Introduced Agile methodology into the design process. Helped to embed a culture of sketch and critique into my teams. Led the development of several design guides, creating consistency and decreased time-to-market for design. Redirected the legacy “service bureau” mentality and create a seat at the product strategy table for designers
July 2012–May 2014
We research, design and build solutions for nonprofit and cultural organizations, multinational corporations, and consumer products companies and more. Our portfolio includes website design and development, educational branding and communication strategies, retail brand and environments, social media consultation, story budgets, and more.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Adjunct Graphic Design Faculty
January 2012–May 2014
Professor in the Graphic Design Department where I teach a variety of classes surrounding typography and motion. Focus on the sketching process (both by hand and on the computer), narrative (storytelling and character), pacing, and audience. Special lecture topics include: Designers Should Be Better Presenters and Choreography: People and Type in Motion.
Senior Designer/Art Director
November 2010–May 2011
Working closely with principals and directly with clients, assumed lead and supporting roles on all projects in the studio. Lead and contribute to brainstorming and critique sessions. Responsible for everything from high-level strategy to day-to-day production needs for a variety of projects both print and interactive. Assist the Creative Director with art direction as needed. Lead conceptualization, ia and design on major interactive projects, as well as print and identity programs. Clients include: Suffolk Law School, Vermont Law School, Azigo, mit.
Selbert Perkins Design
Senior Designer
August 2008–May 2010
Responsible for everything from high-level strategy to day-to-day production needs for a variety of projects. Lead on interactive project (project management, research, design) for local higher-ed institution. Lead on all interactive projects in the office, including art direction and project management. Heavily involved in successful proposal writing and budget development in new business ventures. Clients include: Tufts University, Boston Architectural College, Bingham, Salem State University.
Chonny Design
Graphic Design/Creative Direction/Design Consultation
January 1999–present
Clients have included: American Repertory Theatre, Chad Rookstool Salon, CVS, Communispace, EF Education, Fabien Cousteau, Forrester, Hummer, Joanna Czech Studio, The Long Center, Modernista!, RAM, SapientNitro, Signet Education, Second Stage Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, TRG Asset Management, Texas Arts Project, University of Illinois at Champagne/Illinois Business Consulting, Verizon
Some quotes from folks on my teams:
John took time to make everyone on the team feel comfortable, was exceptionally transparent about product context, and treated us all with the utmost respect. He went above and beyond to understand and craft a positive experience for our team and will be dearly missed.
First and foremost, Big thanks. Our team's grown in leaps and bounds and we're really happy to have had you as our fearless leader. Your leadership and support for our team has been critical in us getting up and running! We all want to thank you for your time, patience, insight, shoulder to cry on and an open mind. We'll miss you! Good luck in your new role, you're welcome back anytime you get bored.

We'd like to make a big 'ol cheers for John, who while we are sad to see go, we are thankful to have had him as our team lead through the awkward ambiguous explosive birth of the Health Design Team. Often, the hardest part of starting a project is at the beginning- staring at that blank piece of paper in front of you, figuring out how to put the pieces together to make something meaningful.  John jumped into that task head on with his wits, charm, honesty, humor and passionate advocating for the user in a way that's made a tricky process of growth so much more bearable and human.  Which, ultimately, is an critical foundation for a design group.  We wish him best of luck on his new role, and expect him to stop and say "hi" whenever he's in NYC or Toronto.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to give me a thorough introduction into Watson Health, and what I'll likely be working on when deployed from designcamp!
Thank you for having been such a phenomenal team lead. You have been an ideal manager, and always gave team members an honest, balanced blend of autonomy and direction. We're going to miss you!
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