John Schettino is a designer and artist whose work concentrates on space, place and mobility. His design practice helps people to engage with and negotiate the physical environment through projects that address wayfinding and placemaking needs. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, John’s work often addresses design issues that emerge at the intersection of information architecture and architecture of built environments. His overlapping expertise in these areas has its roots in previous experiences as Creative Director for IBM Global Services Online Customer Experience Division and as a consultant on large commercial projects. His interest in bringing clarity to complex circumstances is also reflected in his own independent initiative The New York Penn Station Atlas, a personal wayfinding tool for America’s busiest transit hub.
John has been a guest critic of the Design + Technology MFA Thesis Program at Parson’s The New School since 2005. He is a grateful alumnus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Recent activity and recognition
2018 (in development) Public program series: “Locating Power in Mobility” for AIA NY Transportation + Infrastructure Committee, at Center For Architecture, New York.
2017 Finalist SEGD Global Design Award
2017 Quoted in CityLab story: Designing for More Effective Protests
2017 Juror: The Van Alen Institute competition “To The Streets”
2016-2018 Fellowship: Graphic Design Fellow with The Design Trust for Public Space
2016 Van Alen Institute Nominee for 2017 NYSCA Independent Project grant
2016 AIGA Eye On Design feature story: “How Getting Hopelessly Lost Inspired What Might be NYC’s Most Important Wayfinding App”
2016 Organizer/speaker: Penn Station Conversation, at The Great Hall of The Cooper Union. A public forum with executive leadership of The Municipal Art Society of New York, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Regional Plan Association, and Design Trust for Public Space, moderated by NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez.
2014 AIA NY/Center For Architecture Graphic Design Shortlist
2014 Ragdale Residency, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois
If any of the above speaks to your interests, please feel free to browse some of the books that John likes, they’re a big part of what informs the thinking that goes into our work.