John Caserta is a Providence-based designer and educator. He is an Associate Professor and former Department Head of the Graphic Design Department at The Rhode Island School of Design. He received an MFA from Yale University in 2004 and a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina in 1995.
He hails from Durham, NC and came to Providence in 2005 after a year as a Fulbright Fellow in the Arts in Italy. As an information designer, he has produced information graphics and data-driven applications for The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Reuters, The Normandy Visitor’s Center in France, NBC, the NCAA and more.
John’s current area of interest is in organizational systems: the design of productive, creative and healthy environments. This research area often creates the need for graphic matter, or provides methods that apply to classic design problems. An increasingly important tool has been the Web. It is networked, user-controllable and visual.
In 2007, he founded The Design Office, a work and project space for independent designers in downtown Providence. The 3,000-sq/ft-space has housed thirty professionals in its seven years. The space mixes designers of all sorts with programmers and photographers to encourage ongoing and ad hoc collaborations. The D.O. runs a post-graduate fellowship program and an ongoing series of public events and workshops.
John lives in Pawtucket, RI with his wife, Sarah, his daughters, Lucia and Ayla, and a female dog named Ray. He is a big proponent of street trees.