With a background in product and service design, John provides a different perspective on design research and strategy with an emphasis on tactical implementation. As Director of Design Research, he focuses on qualitative research projects and enjoys translating research insights into design-based outcomes. His work is instrumental in synthesizing the results of the research process through the lens of application to provide actionable results for Kelton’s clients.
John received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design, where he studied design research and strategy, information design, furniture design, user interface & experience design, and sustainability. Through a collaboration with Art Center, John completed a Masters of Business Certificate Program at INSEAD in France, focusing on strategic product and service development and entrepreneurship.
John holds a provisional patent for his EcoDeck skimboard design which won an IDEA award from IDSA/BusinessWeek, and currently has his first piece of furniture in production. John’s love of zombie mythology and literature is dead serious, and he enjoys the recent popular revival of the genre. Travel is among his greatest passions and he’s actively adding to a list of nearly 20 countries visited. John also collects jackets, despite living in sunny Los Angeles, and is an avid whiskey fan.