John has worked for some of the UK’s most respected design companies, beginning his career at the innovative London studio Area, where he worked on projects for De Beers, Paul & Joe Boutique, SCP, Modern Art Oxford, Anton Corbijn and the V&A. In 1998, he joined internationally acclaimed agency Pentagram, working on accounts for clients such as Amanda Wakeley, King’s College London, British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI), Pantone and Hewlett Packard. Following a brief spell at Sea Design, John joined Frost Design in 2001, where he managed accounts for clients including Nike, Phaidon Press, Swiss Re, Serpentine Gallery and the first London Design Festival.
In 2003, he established Dowling Design & Art Direction, moving the studio from London to Newark the following year. In 2010, he joined Rob Duncan to form Dowling Duncan, a multidisciplinary design studio with offices in San Francisco and New York. In 2013, Dowling Duncan merged with Mucho in Barcelona. John is the owner and creative director of Mucho’s Newark office.
Widely published, John’s work has garnered awards from the Art Directors Club of New York, Design Week, the Cream Awards, the Tokyo Type Directors Club and D&AD, who awarded him a coveted Yellow Pencil. A part-time lecturer at the University of Lincoln, John has sat on judging panels for, amongst others, D&AD’s professional and student award schemes.