Academic Experience & Education

• Instructor, Cornish College of the Arts (Fall 2004)

• Instructor, Art Institute of Seattle (2004-2005)

• Visiting Professor of Graphic Design (2003-2004) VIC Dept., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

• Master of Education (2003) Vermont College of Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT

• Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design Major, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2000 (studies conducted 1969-1973)


Courses taught

• DE101 Design Fundamentals

• GRA217 Introduction to the Graphic Arts

• DG232 Design Layout

• DG215 Digital Page Layout

• GRA500 Typographic Layout

• GRA537 Advanced Design / Special Topics

• GRA567 Advertising Production


Professional Profile

• M.Ed educator, graphic designer, art director, creative director and artist

• Major experience in print advertising, collateral, direct mail, graphic identity and web design

• Co-founder and principal of Spark, Inc., a full-service marketing communications agency

• Strategic communications planner

• Proficient in InDesign and Photoshop

• Professional composer, pianist, and music director for theatrical and video productions


Professional Experience / Design & Advertising

• Currently: Freelance designer and Creative Director, Bicameral Design

• 2014–2017: Chief designer and Manager of Creative Services, Cornish College of the Arts

• 1997–2003: Creative Director and Principal, Spark Inc. (branding, advertising and design)

• 1993–1996: Creative Director, Evans Group Technology (technology branding, advertising and design)

• 1989–1992: Associate Creative Director, Floathe Johnson

• 1987–1989: Senior Art Director, Floathe Johnson (technology advertising and design)

• 1986–1987: Senior Art Director, Sharp Hartwig Direct (direct response)

• 1983–1985: Art Director, Sharp Hartwig (general advertising and design)

• 1974–1982: Freelance artist, illustrator, and graphic designer (specializing in logo design and posters for theatre productions)

• 1972–1973: Staff designer, Shannon & Wilson (geotechnical engineers)


Representative clients

Hewlett-Packard, Philips Medical Systems, Microsoft/MSN, WRQ, Airborne Express, Blue Cross, Children’s Hospital, Phillips Medical, Content Technologies, MySoftwareHelper, Maximizer, Synrad, SAFlink, Attachmate, United Soybean Board, Washington Potato Commission, OneComm, Foolproof Performing Arts, Door to Door Moving & Storage, Azaleos, Brand Solutions, GEOS Institute, The Open Group


Professional Experience / Music & Drama (highlights)

• 1975: Co-composer (with Phil Shallat) / "Ronnie Bwana – Jungle Guide" (Empty Space Theatre)

• 1999: Composer and co-lyricist (with Phil Shallat) / "Born To Maximize" (Empty Space Theatre)

• 1980: Co-composer and co-lyricist / "The Ballad of Mary Reade" (Bathhouse Theatre)

• 1981: Composer and co-author / "The Day They Came from Way Out There" (Empty Space Theatre)

• 1980–1984: Arranger and music director / The Fabulous Sateens

• 1986: Composer / "The Big Bad Wolf (and How He Got That Way)" (Empty Space Theatre)

• 1990: Composer and lyricist / "Eunice and Regina Dine and Dish" (Cabaret de Paris)

• 1995–1997: Arranger and music director / "The Sirens of Swing" (Cabaret de Paris)

• 2000: Composer / "Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy" (Seattle Children’s Theatre)

• 2003: Composer and co-author / "Ming the Rude" (Empty Space Theatre)

• 2004: Composer / "Musica Vitae" (Century Ballroom)

• 2005: Arranger / "Blue Rose" (Milwaukee Rep Cabaret)

• 2005: Music director / "Menopause - the Musical" (ACT Theatre)

• 2006: Composer, lyricist, and music director / "Vino! the Musical" (Auction of Washington Wines)

• 2006: Release of "Maquette" CD (Hondo Mesa Records)

• 2008: Music director / "The Gypsy King" developmental workshop production (The Village Theatre)

• 2010: Composer, lyricist, book writer / "A Necklace To Die For" (in development)

• 2011: Composer, music director, co-writer / "It's In the Cards" (ACT Theatre)

• 2012–13: Music director / "Poisoning Pigeons In the Park" (revue of Tom Lehrer songs – Hit & Run Theater)

• 2013: Composer, lyricist, book writer / "Stealing Mona Lisa" (in development)

• 2017: Composer and co-lyricist (with Phil Shallat) / "Italy On the Rocks"

• 2017: Composer and co-lyricist (with Mother Goose) / "Gaggle" (revue of Mother Goose-based songs)

John holds degrees in design and education, and was active in the field of media literacy.  He was on the board of Action for Media Education and has designed the logo and event identities for the National Association for Media Literacy Education.  He taught design at Syracuse University, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Seattle Art Institute.


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