John Warwicker is Professor of Design at MADA (Monash Art, Design & Architecture) in Melbourne, Australia. At MADA he is instrumental in setting up Transdisciplinary Research and the remodelling of the B.A. to reflect the transdiciplinary everyday of the contemporary world. He is the first foreign member of the Tokyo Type Directors club and before he moved to Melbourne he has been external assessor and visiting lecturer at the Architects Association, The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins and he has been a member of the European Design Advisory Board for the Design Council (UK) and consultant to the Governments of the UK and Sapporo on the creative industries. John graduated from Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in Graphic Design and then completed an M.A. in Electronic Interactive Media in 1981.
He is still an active member of the multi-disciplinary creative studio 'Tomato' which he co-founded in 1991 and now has studios in London, Los Angeles and Melbourne. 'Tomato' has won numerous awards across the world for its innovative approach to form and content in the seperate fields of – Typography, Graphic Art & Design, Branding & Strategy, Electronic Interactive Media, Sound, Music, Film, Curation, Architecture, Fashion, Art, Events and Installations - or in any combination.
The band, Underworld (Rick Smith & Karl Hyde), are also active members and co-founders of 'Tomato'. John's working relationship with the band started in 1983 when he joined an earlier incarnation of the band as video DJ. John and Tomato has continued to work on the band's album covers, videos and films/art events for live performance.. Early in their career Underworld's music was featured in the film 'Trainspotting' (for which Tomato designed the titles). In recent years the band has composed and directed the music for Danny Boyle's interpretation of 'Frankenstein' at the National Theatre in London and more recently were musical directors of the music for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
John has lectured world-wide and is author and co-author of many books and articles, most notably: 'The Floating World' (Winner of the Special Prize at the Tokyo Type Directors Club), 'mmm… Skyscraper, I Love You (with Karl Hyde from Underworld) and 'Process; A Tomato Project' (with other members of Tomato.