Dr. John Calvelli
Critical + Creative Studies
Assistant Professor, Associate Chair, School of Critical + Creative Studies
John Calvelli is a design theorist, historian and educator interested in the relationship of the image to the work of maintaining and creating future. He is the author of The Future is an Image: Unsustainability, Plasticity and the Design of Time, published by Atropos Press. He also has an extensive history as a designer and artist, having been director of The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Graphic Design, graphic designer for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and having had solo and group exhibitions of his photography since 1985.
PhD, Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought, European Graduate School.
MFA, Visual Communication, California Institute of the Arts.
BFA, Photography, San Francisco Art Institute.
Selected Professional Activity:
Paper: “Dialectics, Design and Plasticity,” Inside:Outside: Working Our Way Out of the Damaged Now, San Francisco State University, 2017
Paper: “Preparing for the Bottleneck: Wall-E and the Management of Human Finitude,” University of Warsaw, Poland. 2013.
Paper: “Design Is/Is Not the Problem: Disciplinary and Ethological Considerations,” University Art Association Conference, Ottawa. 2011.
Workshop Lead: “Experiments in Infrastructural Ontography,” Visualizar ’11, Medialab Prado, Madrid, 2011.
Exhibition, group: “Instructions for the Design of a City,” Je me souviens: DesignInquiry: DesignCity, Montreal), 2010.
Paper: “Design history education and the use of the design brief as an interpretative framework for sustainable practice,” Design Research Society International Conference, 2010.
Exhibition, solo: Remnants: Nature + Politics, photographs. Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College, Oregon.
"The Future is an Image: Unsustainability, Plasticity and the Design of Time." Atropos Press, 2015
“Experiments in Correlative Ontography: The Visualization of Environmental and Ontological Injustice,” in Mapping Environmental Issues in the City, William Cartwright and Laurene Vaughan, eds. Springer Verlag. Print 2012.
“Design history education and the use of the design brief as an interpretative framework for sustainable practice.” Proceedings of DRS 2010: Design & Complexity International Conference, Design Research Society. 2010.
“Experiments in Correlative Ontography.” Le Journal Spéciale Z, no. 2. Print.
“Unsustainable Histories, Models of Practice.” Design Philosophy Papers, 2009: Vol. 2. Web.
“Design, designing, designing designers, and redesigning designing: a fable on sustainment,” visual: design: research: Research Journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Vol. 3, No. 2. 2007. Web.