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  • John Bruce

    Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management


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    John Bruce


    John A. Bruce is a filmmaker, designer, researcher, and educator.

    His work involves participatory artistic- and design-based research, image-oriented narrative, and complex dynamic systems.

    He directed and produced, in partnership with Paweł Wojtasik, the feature-length nonfiction film End of Life, as well as many independent short films and installations. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the New York Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Museum of the Moving Image, Doclisboa, Thessaloniki Film Festival, ICA London, Chicago Film Festival, The Julliard School, and The Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. He served as production manager and art director for a number of feature films, and platform producer for several transmedia projects addressing social issues. He is senior strategist at Forward Mapworks, a consultancy, recently providing strategy for the Light Phone, a simple phone that provokes reflection on our relationships with technology and our ability to be present. John served as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Flaherty Film Seminar.

    He is Assistant Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, and serves as Director of the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program where he co-founded the studio Design for Living and Dying.

    He was a 2015/16 Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School.

    Degrees Held

    Presidio (Pinchot University), MBA 2009

    School of Visual Arts, BFA 1987

    Recent Publications

    Participatory Design and Social Transformation: Images and Narratives of Crisis and Change. 2022

    Designing in Dark Times: An Arendtian Lexicon. 2020. Chapter, "Mortality." Editors: Eduardo Staszowski and Virgina Tassinari

    Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design. 2017. Chapter, “Design Strategies for Impact.” Editor: Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

    End of Life, nonfiction film. 2017. Directed by John Bruce and Paweł Wojtasik. Co-producers: HAOS Film and Train-Tracks Inc. (USA, Greece)

    Research Interests

    Participatory artistic- and design-based research, narratology, hauntology, identity and identification, design as policy, end of life.


    Forward Mapworks


    End of Life

    MFA Studio: Design for Living and Dying

    John A Bruce

    Current Courses

    Intensive 1: Orientation
    PGTD 5110, Fall 2022

    Intensive 2: Workshop
    PGTD 5210, Fall 2022

    Transdisciplinary Seminar 1
    PGTD 5000, Fall 2022

    Future Courses

    Cinematic Tropes
    PSDS 3740, Spring 2023

    Cinematic Tropes
    PSDS 5740, Spring 2023

    PSDS 3530, Spring 2023

    Independent Study
    PGTD 5900, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Cinematic Tropes
    PSDS 3740, Spring 2022

    Cinematic Tropes
    PSDS 5740, Spring 2022

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