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J. Paul Neeley

American Designer and Researcher based in London. Dreaming of mountains, high desert plains, and endless horizons. Obsessed with complexity, happiness, and the future. Devastated by climate breakdown.

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Biography

J. Paul Neeley is a London based Designer and Researcher.

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.
Expertise
Service Design
Speculative Design
New Kind of Design
Research
Strategy

Experience

Work to date
Upcoming
  • Design Meditation
    (June 2022)
  • New Kind of Design
    (March 2022)
  • Speculative Design Introduction
    (April 2022)
2021
  • "Speculative Design's Ethical Imperiative"
    CHILEAN DESIGN MONTH _ Santigo, CL
  • "Speculative Design Masterclass"
    SCHOOL OF CRITICAL DESIGN _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design Normalization"
    SPECULATIVE FUTURES _ San Jose, CR
  • "Consider Everything"
    SPECULATIVE FUTURES _ Austin, TX
  • "Speculative Design Introduction"
    SCHOOL OF CRITICAL DESIGN _ London, UK
2020
  • "How to Design for Happiness in a Complex World"
    REDESIGN BUSINESS / LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design Normalization"
    INTERACTIVE ARCITECTURE LAB UCL _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design Introduction"
    SCHOOL OF CRITICAL DESIGN _ London, UK
  • "Design Meditation"
    SCHOOL OF CRITICAL DESIGN _ London, UK
  • "Designing Happiness"
    MASAMICHI SOUZOU _ London, UK
2019
  • "Storytelling"
    IMPERIAL COLLEGE / RCA _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design Normalization"
    CLEVELAND CLINIC _ Cleveland, OH
  • "Future Experience Prototyping"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Consider Everything"
    RCA GRAND CHALLENGE _ UK
  • "Opimizing Happiness"
    TELEFONICA ALPHA _ Barcelona, ES
2018
  • "The Usability of Everything"
    DAIMLER _ Stuttgart, DE
  • "Speculative Design Normalization"
    VERY VERY FAR AWAY / LDF _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design"
    SERVICE DESIGN FUTURES / LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL _ London, UK
  • "Design Thinking for Startups"
    STARTUP BOOST _ London, UK
  • "Service Design Awards"
    CORE 77 _ London, UK
  • "The future of Reality, VR/AR"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Design Thinking & Service Design"
    DESIGN JAM : DESIGN FOR HEALTH / INNOVATION RCA _ London, UK
  • "Storytelling"
    IMPERIAL COLLEGE HCD _ London, UK
2017
  • "Service Design Foundations"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design"
    PUSH CONFERENCE _ Munich, DE
  • "Speculative Design and the Future of Cities"
    FUTURE CITIES CATAPULT _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy"
    PRIMER _ San Francisco, USA
  • "Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy"
    PUSH _ Munich, DE
  • "nightnight.みんな"
    PRIMER _ San Francisco, USA
  • "Introduction to Design Thinking"
    MOOVEL LAB _ Stutgart, DE
  • "Future Experience Prototyping"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy"
    IxDA INTERACTION 2017 _ New York City, USA
  • "Speculative Design: Exploration of Emerging Technology & Trends"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Design Research Planning"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
2016
  • "Speculative Design"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
  • "Speculative design and the future of UI"
    UXPA @FACEBOOK _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy"
    MAYO CLINIC CENTER FOR INNOVATION _ Rochester, MN
  • "nightnight.みんな Improving world health by putting the web to sleep"
    MAYO CLINIC TRANSFORM _ Rochester, MN
  • "Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy"
    EPIC _ Minneapolis, MN
  • "Speculative Future Mobility"
    KISD + MOOVEL LAB _ Köln, DE
  • "New Kind of Design"
    KÖLN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DESIGN _ Köln, DE
  • "Speculative Design"
    SERVICE DESIGN SALON RCA _ London, UK
  • "Design Ethics and a New Kind of Design"
    SERVICE DESIGN SALON RCA _ London, UK
  • "Google Kills Creativity"
    SOHO HOUSE TALKS _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design"
    FASHIONING HUMANITY RCA _ London, UK
  • "Speculative Design Goes to Market"
    DESIGN INTERACTIONS RCA _ London, UK
  • "Persona & Journey"
    SERVICE DESIGN RCA _ London, UK
2015
  • "New Kind of Design"
    HfG _ Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE
  • "Speculative Future Mobility"
    MOOVEL LAB _ Stutgart, DE
  • "Augmented Creativity"
    CITY UNIVERSITY _ London, UK
  • "The future of Creative Search"
    HCID OPEN / CITY INTERACTION LAB _ London, UK
  • "Metaphorical Search"
    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD _ Oxford, UK
  • "The power of metaphor"
    MAKING LONDON _ Greenwich, UK
  • "The Future of Creative Search"
    DIGITAL SHORDITCH _ London, UK
  • "Augmented Creativity: Man Vs Machine"
    ADVERTISING WEEK _ London, UK
2014
  • "Augmented Creativity"
    City University _ London, UK
  • "Can a search engine make you more creative?"
    FAST COMPANY _ London, UK
  • "The search engine with metaphorical results"
    BBC _ London, UK
  • "I Tried to Make a Search Engine Write Me a Poem"
    NEW YORK TIMES _ New York City, USA
  • "True Beauty"
    TOUCHPOINT / THE SERVICE DESIGN JOURNAL _ Cologne, DE
  • "Startup as critique"
    DESIGN INTERACTIONS RCA _ London, UK
  • "Ideen per Mausklick"
    WIRED _ Berlin, DE
2013
  • "Creative Search"
    SHUFFLE / ESSANCE _ London, UK
  • "Google Kills Creativity"
    TECHNOLOGY IS EVIL / CREATIVE SOCIAL _ London, UK
  • "Consider Everything"
    PECHA KUCHA / EPIC _ London, UK
  • "This is Not a Pipe"
    ARTIFACT SESSION / EPIC _ London, UK
  • "Make it count"
    DESIGN FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION / SVA _ New York City, USA
  • "Gaia Corporation"
    STRANGER THAN FICTION / SB6 _ London, UK
  • "Metaphorical Search"
    VISUALIZING IDEAS / GETTY IMAGES _ London, UK
  • "Google and the future of search"
    THE OBSERVER _ London, UK
2012
  • "Designing for happiness in a complex world"
    TRANSFORM _ Rochester, MN
  • "New Kind of Design"
    THE SIMPLICITY ISSUE / MISC _ San Francisco, CA
  • "Honouring patient's resuscitation wishes"
    BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY _ London, UK
  • "The Future of Search"
    VAUXHALL AMPERA FORETHOUGHT x WIRED _ London, UK
  • "Yossarian Lives" Winner Startup Competition
    THINKING DIGITAL _ Newcastle, UK
  • "Search the metaphorical Google with Yossarian Lives"
    WIRED _ London, UK
  • "Innovation Night with Will.I.Am"
    ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART _ London, UK
  • "Metaphorical search engine finds creative new meanings"
    NEW SCIENTIST _ London, UK
  • "Yossarian Lives" Finalist
    SEEDCAMP _ London, UK
2011
  • "Speculative Design"
    HITACHI _ Rochester, MN
  • "Yossarian Lives" Winnner
    INNOVATION RCA / WAVE V _ London, UK
  • "Designing for Happiness in a Complex World"
    GOOGLE DESIGN LECTURE / LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL _ London, UK
  • "Designing for Happiness in a Complex World"
    GOOGLE DESIGN LECTURE / LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL _ London, UK
  • "Masamichi Souzou"
    DESIGN ON THE DOCK / THE FLOATING CINEMA _ London, UK
  • "Designing for Happiness in a Complex World"
    CENTER FOR INNOVATION / MAYO CLINIC _ London, UK
  • "Masamichi Souzou"
    SHOW / ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART _ London, UK
  • "Yossarian Lives" Winner
    DEUTSCHE BANK AWARD _ London, UK
  • "Design Thinking / New Kind of Design"
    IDEO _ London, UK
  • "Design Thinking"
    SCHOOL OF DESIGN THINKING / HASSO-PLATNER INSTITUTE _ Potsdam, DE
  • "Gaia Corporation" Keynote
    ALTER NATURE: OWNING LIFE / Z33 _ Hasselt, BE
  • "Future of Smoking"
    WORK IN PROGRESS / ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART _ London, UK
2010
  • "Speculative Design"
    CENTER FOR INNOVATION / MAYO CLINIC _ Rochester, MN
  • "Gaia Corporation"
    IDEO _ Shanghai, CN
  • "TW+"
    NIKE 78 _ London, UK
  • "Gaia Corporation"
    CENTRE FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND INNOVATION / IMPERIAL COLLEGE _ London, UK
  • "Gaia Corporation"
    COMPUTATIONAL APPROACHES IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY / SynBioNT _ Nottingham, UK
  • "Dancing Cream"
    CUSTOM MADE / BARBACAN _ London, UK
  • "Possibilities"
    WIP / ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART _ London, UK
2009
  • "Hospital Communication"
    ARTIFACT SESSION / EPIC _ Chicago, IL

Activities

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