J. Paul Neeley (b. 1978) is an American Designer & Researcher based in London.
He has a background in Service Design, Speculative Design, Design Research, and Strategy. J. Paul worked professionally at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation as Service Designer & Researcher focusing on the healthcare experience and delivery, at Teton Radiology as Service Design Manager realizing innovative medical imaging solutions, and at Unilever in Consumer & Market Insights for brand development.
J. Paul's current design work explores the social, cultural, economic, and ethical implications of emerging technologies, designing speculative futures that help us engage with possibility as a way of reframing and understanding anew our current state. Recent projects have focused on happiness, healthcare and wellbeing, self quantification, social polarization and civility, future mobility, AI, synthetic biology, and issues of complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business.
J. Paul consults in Service & Speculative Design at Neeley Worldwide, is the founder of Masamichi Souzou, an organization working on the optimization of happiness through the consideration of everything, and he is the Co-founder & Head of Design at Parlia, a self-discovery engine focused on improving civil discourse. He is a tutor in Service Design at the Royal College of Art, and has guest lectured at Imperial College: Computer Science, RCA: Design Interactions, NYU: ITP, Köln International School of Design, RISD, and SVA: Design for Social Innovation.
J. Paul holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art with Distinction where he studied with Tony Dunne & Fiona Raby, and is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied Communications Studies with a concentration in Economics. He is a cellist, and enjoys walking, chess, naps, beaches, and playing with ideas.