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John Coleman
Senior Industrial Designer

John is Bresslergroup's secret weapon and font of institutional knowledge — he was hired in 1985 as a model maker and has since worn many hats.

Trained as a sculptor and industrial designer — the latter being his compromise between fine art and practicality — he has also acted at different times as an engineer and human factors researcher. He is on at least half of the company’s patents and has contributed to many of our award-winning designs.

Today he does what he loves most, which is the “act of designing,” or analyzing components and figuring out how they best fit together.  He has a mechanical, nuts-and-bolts bent and leans toward straightforward, geometric forms that follow function. While he has contributed to many more technically complex projects, one of his favorites is the bracket he designed to hold the Philadelphia Center City District’s “Walk! Philadelphia” signs. (If you’re walking around Philadelphia, look up and you will see them.)

John earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati. Outside of work he collects art, admires cars, and tinkers with his boat.

What's your favorite all-time product? 1977 Braun calculator What would you be if you weren't a designer? A sculptor. Finish this sentence: Design is ... ... fun.