John deWolf

John deWolf, Form:Media
Nova Scotia

SEGD Global Design Awards

Design Within Reach: Interpreting for Disability in the Human and Natural Disaster Museum
Design Within Reach: Interpreting for Disability in the Human and Natural Disaster Museum
Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach—Graduate Thesis
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute Office
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute Office
Fort Needham Memorial Park
Fort Needham Memorial Park
Batoche National Historic Site
Batoche National Historic Site

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Designer of and for the built environment

Multi-disciplinary designer John deWolf has worked in various mediums including print, interactive, broadcast, exhibition, environmental graphic design, and interior design. He has an extensive background in analyzing and deconstructing complex structures and designing understandable and accessible communication systems, particularly for large public audiences.

As a senior interactive designer for Two Twelve Associates of New York, John supervised the design and production of three retirement planning software packages for mutual fund giant, T. Rowe Price. Work also included interface design for The Economist Group’s website.

John deWolf has also worked with and managed large-scale signage teams for such clients as Walt Disney Imagineering, Trinity College, the Chicago Park District, Queens West State Park, Seattle’s Sound Transit, Indiana Purdue University, Yale University, Parks Canada, and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

John was the lead exhibition designer for three major photography exhibitions: Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990—2005, and Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power. He also designed a permanent exhibition for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

He is currently President of Fathom Studio (formerly Form:Media), a boutique EGD firm located in Nova Scotia. Together with an interdisciplinary team, he as developed brand, way finding programs, and interpretive environments for such clients as Batoche National Historic Sight, the Town of Lunenburg, Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, the University of Manitoba, and Nova Scotia Provincial Parks.

John was regular part-time faculty at the NSCAD University, teaching in the Foundation and Design divisions from 2001 through 2006, and was awarded the NSCAD Faculty Recognition Award in 2003 for outstanding teaching performance and dedication to enhancing student life. He was also an adjunct faculty member for the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

John deWolf’s graphic and environmental graphic design work has been published in various design publications has received numerous awards.

In 1992, John deWolf received a Bachelor of Design (Honors) in Communication Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mr. deWolf is currently enrolled in the Master of Interior Design program at the University of Manitoba.

Specialties: Branding and identity, interactive design, exhibition design, and environmental graphic design, and teaching.

Volunteer Activities

  • Architects Without Borders, Canada 
  • Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC): Education Chair, Atlantic Chapter
  • NSCAD University Alumni Association: Treasurer, Alumni Comiittee Chair


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John deWolf's Sketchbook

John deWolf's Sketchbook
John deWolf's Sketchbook

" Speed of exploration over the quality of line work is my maxim."


John deWolf
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Earlier in the day, I was asked to submit images from my sketchbook. I thought: How did they know sketchbooks mean so much to me? Did I say something? Perhaps it was an uncanny coincidence. Only hours earlier I remarked on a student’s sketchbook and their progress exploring and collecting ideas. Maybe it was leaving the house sans keys and wallet, yet with sketchbook in hand?

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