In his career, John has won more than 250 design awards, is an AIGA Fellow, has been featured in the ID 50, and teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art staged a solo exhibition in 2000. In addition, John was awarded the Skandalaris Award for Design Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and was granted an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Also in 2011, John was awarded the NASAD citation for outstanding work as designer, author, educator, social activist and overall impact on the fields of art and design. In 2013, John received the AIGA Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.
In 2003, John created an immersive program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work can have a significant impact on communities. Project M has developed projects in Alabama, Baltimore, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Detroit, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Maine, Minneapolis, and New Orleans.
John collaborated with Alex and Ana Bogusky, and Rob Schuham in 2010 to form COMMON, a brand that supports, connects and celebrates those designing a new era of socially minded enterprise. And most recently, John has partnered with long-time collaborator Greg Galle to launch a new firm called FUTURE that engages with organizations, institutions and companies that believe benefiting people, communities, society, and the environment is the new advantage in business.