John Marshall is a designer, curator, and researcher with over 20 years’ experience working on tangible interactions for objects, products, and responsive environments. His work focuses on a recursive process where multiple stakeholders work together to realize shared goals.
John is a tenured associate professor of art & design at University of Michigan. He was the founding director of the Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design program at Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, 2014-2020. John has designed and led charrettes for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, IBM Watson Health; and has worked with industry leaders including Guardian Industries Corp, Georgia Pacific, Molex, Stryker, and Steelcase. John designed and led the inaugural Impact Hackathon at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business to bring together global leaders — including entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, business leaders, and academics — to catalyze transformational ideas in social impact investing. He was appointed to the Curriculum Development Committee to create new forms of Master’s degrees and certificate programs that will be available at the planned Detroit Center for Innovation.
He has been a reviewer and juror for various journals, conferences, and academic programs in design, technology, engineering, and architecture (e.g. ACM SIGGRAPH, International Journal of Engineering Education, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the European Academy of Design, and Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology).
Previously, John worked in new product development at Evenflo Company, Inc. During this time, he was instrumental in transitioning the company to a rapid prototyping-based product development process. Marshall spent 5 years as a consultant building virtual prototypes of public art projects for Malcolm Cochran Studio. He also taught 3D design at Leeds College of Art & Design in the UK.
Marshall holds a PhD in digital design and fabrication technology from Robert Gordon University, a Master of Arts in Art as Environment from Manchester Metropolitan University, a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Honors from Glasgow School of Art.
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