John Wood

John Wood

John began his career as an artist who invented interactive sound systems and solar energy devices. Today, he is known in many countries for his many publications and radical design thinking. He is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Professor of Practice at Swansea College of Art, where he is helping to set up a Metadesign Research Centre. John co-founded the international Writing-PAD Network and is co-editor of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. He is also an active founder-member of the cult rock band ‘Deaf School’.


In a climate emergency, should planners focus more on Futures – ‘renewal’ and ‘regeneration’ – than on Histories – ‘conservation’ and ‘heritage’?

Question: Why don’t monkeys recycle their banana skins in the bins provided? Answer: They don’t need to. All their disposables are part of a natural supply chain.

Covid-19 has taught us that unit-based money is profoundly disconnected from care, courage and

Cheap, high speed travel was always destined to trigger a global pandemic. COVID-19 is closing airports and forcing airlines into liquidation.

Over the last few decades, many non-designers in business became fascinated by the idea of ‘design thinking’. So, why would we need to think beyond the scope of ‘design’ as we know it?