John Chris Jones

Selected Bibliography 1950 - 2000

Prepared by Tom + Claire Mitchell

author's announcement:


Introduction and Biographical Overview


    1950 - 59

    1960 - 69

    1970 - 79

    1980 - 89

    1990 - 99

    2000 -


A Note on the John Chris Jones Archive


Introduction and Biographical Overview

From: C. Thomas Mitchell's Preface to the Second Edition, 1992, of John Chris Jones' Design Methods (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992, pp. ix -xi)  Now available from Wiley

When I first read an earlier edition of John Chris Jones' Design Methods I understood it to be a very important book on design, but I did not understand it. Curious to learn more of the ideas behind the book, I contacted Jones in the early 1980s. After many hours of discussion, and a careful reading of all of his writings, the nature of Jones' radical, often difficult, work has become somewhat clearer.

Of Jones' many writings Design Methods is the most important. His intention in developing design methods was to improve the quality of design by responding to the rapidly changing nature of design tasks. Addressing this transition he has written:

Alongside the old idea of design as the drawing of objects that are then to be built or manufactured there are many new ideas of what it is, all very different:

designing as the process of devising not individual products but whole systems or environments such as airports, transportation, hypermarkets, educational curricula, broadcasting schedules, welfare schemes, banking systems, computer networks;

design as participation, the involvement of the public in the decision-making process;

design as creativity, which is supposed to be potentially present in everyone;

design as an educational discipline that unites art and science and perhaps can go further than either;

and now the idea of designing WITHOUT A PRODUCT, as a process or way of living in itself. (Jones. designing designing. London: Phaidon Press, 1991, p. ix).

As these new, more far-reaching definitions reflect, in Design Methods Jones wasn't actually addressing design as presently conceived. Under the benign guise of a cookbook format, he set out an entirely original philosophy of design -- one that questions the aims, goals, and purposes of designing, as well as presenting new methods of design. As Jones once told me, the methods he put forward were part of "a much longer and wider process. So it's not another way of doing design, you see, it's a way of doing what designers don't do at all."

Jones first became involved with design methods while working as an industrial designer for a manufacturer of large electrical products in Britain in the 1950s. He was frustrated with the superficiality of industrial design at the time and ahd become involved with ergonomics. He set up one of the first labs in British industry that was devoted to the then newly emerging discipline as a means of designing electrical equipment that better responded to user requirements. When the results of his ergonomic studies of user behavior were not utilized by the firm's designers, Jones set about studying the design process being used by the engineers. To his surprise, and to theirs, Jones' analysis showed that the engineers had no way of incorporating rationally arrived at data early on in their design process when it was most needed. Jones the set to work redesigning the engineer's design process itself so that intuition and rationality could co-exist, rather than one excluding the other.

This was Jones' first experience with design methods and as he once told me, "I didn't want to get involved with design theory or methods. I just wanted to get the ergonomics work into action. I only did the design methods in order to get the ergonomics accepted, and that was there in order to get the product better. I thought, well the right thing is to understand their design process. So I did this ergonomic study of how the designing was done purely with the view of getting the ergonomic information, which was obviously sound and well tested into the engineering design process at the point where it wouldn't be rejected, so that human requirements would come first and the machine requirements would come second, instead of the other way round, and in doing that I hit on what's now called design methods."

Jones' work with design methods led to his being asked to found a program in Design Technology in the early 1960s at the University of Manchester's Institute for Science and Technology. In 1962 he co-organized the first conference on design methods, which was held in London. The first edition of Design Methods was published in 1970 and it quickly became the standard textbook on the subject, having since been translated into five languages. Jones was later appointed first professor of design at the British Open University. Since 1974 he has been writing and lecturing independently.



1950 - 59

Borth Review. Number One, Number Two, and Number Three. Edited and published by John Chris Jones. Borth, Cardiganshire: 1949, 1950, 1951.

"Streamlining." Typescript of undergraduate prize paper read to the Cambridge Engineering Society, 22 February 1950.

"Streamlining." Journal of the Cambridge University Engineering Society,  Vol. 20  (1950), pp. 71-74.

"Support for Welsh Power Scheme." Letter to the editor, Western Mail & South Wales News, 8 September 1951.

"Human Aspects of Engineering Design." Metropolitan-Vickers Apprentice Association, C&S Section, technical prize paper, 12 November 1952.

"Quantity and Quality." 1953, 12 p. (unpublished).

Letter to the Editor. Manchester Guardian, 9 September 1953.

"Ergonomics, Human Data for Design." Design, 66 (June 1954),  pp. 13-17.

"Handles: The Ergonomic Approach." Design, 72 (December 1954),  pp. 34-38.

"Design Policy at Olivetti." Art and Industry,  Vol. 57, No. 342 (December 1954), pp. 188-193.

"Industrial Design at Olivetti." Associated Electrical Industries, Internal Report, 1954.

"Operational Requirements in Power Station Control Rooms." Associated Electrical Industries, Engineering Report No. S.5582, 1954.

"Operational Design." Design, 85 (January 1956),  p. 22.

"Teamwork at London Airport." Design, 96 (December 1956),  pp. 19-23.

"Anonymity and Repetition." Design, 98 (February 1957), pp. 37-41.

"Some Effects of Automation on Positions and Times of Work." Unpublished paper presented at Ergonomics Research Society Symposium, Bristol, England, April 1957.

"Crane Cabs for the Steel Industry." Design, 100 (April 1957), pp. 54-55.

"Activities, Artifacts and Concepts: some thoughts on the singularities of modern life." (personal publication), © 1957.

"Traditional and Modern Design Methods." Ark, Summer 1957,  pp. 9-12.

"Automation and Design 1: Central Mechanisms." Design, 103 (July 1957), pp. 27-30.

"Automation and Design 2: Input and Output Devices." Design, 104 (August 1957), pp. 15-19.

"Automation and Design 3: The Products." Design, 106 (October 1957), pp. 44-51.

"Automation and Design 4: Work and Leisure." Design, 108 (December 1957), pp. 50-55.

"Automation and Design 5: Social and Aesthetic Effects." Design, 11 (February 1958),  pp. 42-47.

"The Operation and Design of Mine Winder Desks."  Part 1: Study of factors influencing desk shape and proposals for a new design. Part 2: Study of factors influencing displays, controls and the engineman's efficiency and well-being. Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd, Manchester, 1957.

"Design Training at the Hochshule fur Gestaltung, Ulm, Germany." Associated Electrical Industries, Internal Report, Manchester, 1958.

"The Results of Fitting Trials for the New Winder Control Unit." Industrial Design Report ID 5, Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd, Manchester, 1958.

"A Non-Visual Reading Device." Industrial design Report, ID 10, Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd, Manchester,1958.

"Some Implications of Automation." Unpublished paper, 1958.

"Human Error and Accidents." Design, 116 (August 1958), pp. 29-31.

"A Systematic Design Method." Design, 124  (April 1959),  pp. 49-52.

"Design for Human Use." Scotsman. (Special Edition), November 1959.


1960 - 69

"School for Scientific Design." Technology, January 1960, p. 15.

"The Bio-Technic Hope." Industrial Design, March 1960.

"Fitting for Action 1." Design, 135 ( March 1960), pp. 38-42.

"Fitting for Action 2." Design, 137 ( May 1960), pp.  49-52.

"A Reorganisation of Art Training." Athene, Vol. 9, part 4, 1960, pp. 8 - 11.

"The Design Process." Associated Electrical Industries, Industrial Design Course, 1961, (internal publication). [Pages 1-13 and 19-50 in JCJ Archive].

"A New Approach to School Planning." Design, 146 (February 1961).

"An Advanced Art School Course Industrial Design (Engineering)." Design, 148 (April 1961), pp. 51-52.

"Systematic Design Methods." Associated Electrical Industries, Manchester, Internal Publication, 1962.

"Human Problems in Power-System Automation."  In Automation in the Electricity Supply Industry. London: I.E.E., 1963., pp. 5-7.

"Note on Proposals for Integrated Pictoral Displays." Unpublished paper, 1962.

"Some Notes on Breathing Apparatus for Firemen." For Manchester Fire Service. Unpublished paper, 1962.

"Assigning Tasks to People and Machines: the systems approach." Unpublished paper presented to Irish Human Sciences Meeting, Dublin, September 1962.

"A Theory of Traffic Collisions." Medicine, Science and the Law, October 1962, pp. 489-499.

Conference on Design Methods: papers presented at the conference on systematic and intuitive methods in engineering, industrial design, architecture and communications, London, September 1962. J.C. Jones and D.G. Thornley, eds. Oxford: Pergamon, 1963.

"Method of Systematic Design." in Conference on Design Methods. Jones, J.C. and Thornley, D.G., eds. Oxford: Pergamon, 1963, pp. 53-73.

"Anthropometric Data: Limitations in Use." Architects' Journal, 6 February 1963,  pp. 317-320.

"Fitting Trials: a method of fitting equipment dimensions to variations in the activities, comfort requirements and body sizes of users." Architects' Journal, 6 February 1963, pp. 321-325.

Book Review of  "First Systems Symposium." Case Institute of Technology, 1961. Systems Research and Design; Proceedings. D.P. Eckman, ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1961 in Ergonomics, Vol. 6, No. 2 ( April 1963), p. 231.

"Methods of Assessing Car Seat Comfort." Unpublished paper presented to the Ergonomics Research Society -- Industrial Section,  March 1964.

"Services and Systems." Consumer News, 17, October 1964. London: Research Institute for Consumer Affairs.

Book Review of Murrell, K.F.H. Ergonomics: man in his working environment. London: Chapman and Hall, 1965, for Industrial Design, (typescript).

Reading Dials at Short Distances," (with Ward, A.J., and Haywood, P.W. ) AEI  Engineering, January/February 1965, pp. 28-32.

"The Systematic Design Methods of a Computer/Operator Interface Layout." Abstract of paper in Proceedings of I.E.E.E. 6th National Symposium on Human Factors in Electronics, 1965.

"Systematic Design Methods and the Building Design Process." Architects' Journal, 22 September 1965,  pp. 685-687.

"Design Methods Reviewed." In The Design Method. S.A. Gregory, ed. London: Butterworths, 1966, pp. 295-309.

"A Design Policy for University Expansion." University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Department of Building, Internal Report, 1966.

 "Systematic Design Methods and the Building Design Process." In Towards Industrialised Buildings: proceedings of the third CIB Congress, Copenhagen, 1965. London: Elsevier, 1965, Pages 81-83.

"Strategy and Tactics in Architectural Design." Unpublished Paper for a Conference Course at Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Ulm, West Germany, April 1966.

"Design Methods Compared 1: Strategies." Design, 212 (August 1966), pp. 32-35.

"Design Methods Compared 2: Tactics." Design, 213  (September 1966), pp. 46-52.

"What Kind of Art Education?" Studio International, October 1966, p. 167.

Book Review of Black, S. Man and Motor Cars. London: Secker and Warburg, 1966, for the Times Literary Supplement, (typescript).

"Design Research Report No. 1." (Joint publication). University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, England, 1963-1966.

"Seating in the Lecture Theatre: Theoretical Considerations and Practical  Problems," Modern Lecture Theatres. C.J. Duncan, ed. London: Oriel Press, 1966, pp. 110-116.

"Error and Responsibility at Sea." Letter to the Editor of the Manchester Guardian,  8 May 1967. p. 8.

"Mono-Professionals as Barriers to the Evolution of Public Services." Unpublished entry in the British Association -- Shell Chemicals U.K. Ltd. Essay Award, 1967. 26 p.

Book review of Edholm, O.G. The Biology of Work. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1967, for the Manchester Guardian, 23 June 1967, p. 6.

"Trying to Design the Future." Design, 225 (September 1967), p. 35ff.

"The Designing of Man-Machine Systems." Ergonomics, Vol.10, No. 2  (1967), pp. 101-111.

"Layout of Workspaces." Ergonomics for Industry, No. 11. London: H.M.S.O., 1967.

"Towards a Language for Landscape Design." In Proceedings of Landscape Research Group Symposium, Methods of Landscape Analysis. London: Office of Architects' Group, Central Electricity Generating Board, 1967.

"Design Research Report No. 2." (Joint publication). University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, England, 1967.

Book review of Russell, Gordon. Designer's Trade. London: George Allen and Unwin,1968, in Nature, Vol. 212 (24 August 1968),  p. 873.

"A Credible Future for City Traffic." In Proceedings of the First European Conference on Technological Forecasting, 1968. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1969, pp. 369-388.

"Methods and Results of Seating Research." Ergonomics, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1969), pp. 171-181.

"Conferences: A study of the possible futures of technical conferences." Unpublished paper written in collaboration with N. G. Cross and R. Roy. Presented at U.M.I.S.T., Manchester. 1, England, July 1969.

Book review of Banham, R. The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment. London: Architectural Press, 1969, in Nature, Vol. 223  (19 July 1969),  pp. 325-326.

"Ergonomics, Fitting the Task to the Human Operator." Unpublished article for Better Factories. Institute of Management, London, 1969.

Design Methods: Seeds of Human Futures. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1970. 2nd Edition, 1981; re-released by David Fulton Publishers, Ltd., 1988.


1970 -79

"The State of the Art in Design Methods." Emerging Methods in Environmental Design and  Planning. Gary T. Moore, ed. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1970, pp. 3-8.

"An Experiment in Education for Planning and Design." In Emerging Methods in Environmental Design and Planning. Gary T. Moore, ed. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1970, pp. 353-357.

"Report of the Project Working Group on Counselling and Tutorial Services." Letter to G. S. Holister, Open University Chairman, 26 January 1970.

"Professions as Inhibitors of Socio-Technical Evolution." Futures,  March 1970, pp. 24-34.

"TV Teaching: A Misused Medium?: thoughts on watching some trial programmmes." Open University Design Laboratory Report No. 1, Milton Keynes, May 1970.

"Functional Innovation." Design, 258 (June 1970), pp.78-79.

"Layout of Work Spaces." Applied Ergonomics, June 1970, pp. 151-158.

"Untitled transcript from a tape address to Society of Art Education, Conference on Further Education in Art Schools." 1971.

"Design Research Report No. 3." (Joint publication). University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, England, 1968-1971.

Book review of Wallia, C.S.,ed. Towards Century 21: Technology,Society and Human Values, in Futures, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1971), pp. 94-5.

"Some Thoughts on Chaos." Typescript dated November, 1971. Published in Design Research Bag, Design Research Society, Faculty of Technology, Open University, Milton Keynes, England, 1973.

"Design 1: Imagination and Method, Designing as a response to life as a whole." Technology Foundation Course Units 32-34, report written by C.L. Crickmay in collaboration with J.C. Jones, The Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 1972.

"The Total Future." Editorial in Futures,  June 1972, p.102.

"Progress in New Technologies in the Design of Urban Environments." Literal translation of Italian title: a taped talk. Parametro, No. 11, 1972, pp. 27-29, 104.

"Post Industrial Living." (personal publication with C.L. Crickmay), 6 December 1972.

Letter to the Editor, The Listener, 28 December 1972, p. 898.

"Superman has had his day! or, How  Can We Speak of the Future?" A paper for the Communications Group, No. 6. Rome Special Conference on Future Research, 1973. Also published in Interstate 6-7. 1976, 8 pp.

"The Future of Open Universities: a Collection of Ideas from Many Sources."  (unpublished report with C.L. Crickmay), 1973.

"To Be a Part, or, What is Second Generation Method?" Typescript dated 30 May 1973. Published in Student Publication, Vol. 23, 1974. North Carolina State University, School of Design, Raleigh, N.C.  pp. 9-11.

"Artsystems Option." (Unpublished chance composition for University Summer School), York, England, July 1973.

"Thinking Before Drawing." Personal publication. December 1973.

"Art & Environment; What Is It? Questions and Answers." (Internal Report with C.L. Crickmay), Open University, Milton Keynes, 28 March 1974.

"Thinking-Sensing-Moving." (Contextualvideo: personal  publication), May 1974.

"Art and Environment; Course Outline." (Internal Report), Open University, Milton Keynes, 24 June 1974.

"Plastic Thoughts: composed for Richard Demarco's Black and White Oil show (re: the North Sea Oil Industry) at the Edinburgh Festival 1974 (not included in program)", unpublished.

"From a Text on Theories of Communication." Letter to Edwin Schlossberg. Better News. Chester, Massachusetts, September 1974.

"Architects' Lives: a short version of some long interviews." Personal publication, 1975.

"Letters in Communication, 1973-74: Thirty-two letters to Edwin Schlossberg, with his replies." Personal publication.

"Letters to Edwin Schlossberg, 1974-75." Personal publication.

"Dear Architects, and Others Who Imagine How." Open Letters, 1974-75 at College of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA.

"Voices at the conference conference," contribution to the proceedings of Changing Design of the Design Research Society, held at Portsmouth 1976.  B. Evans

 J.A. Powell and R.J. Talbot, eds., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 1982.

"Jones-Schlossberg Letter." Interstate 5. 1976, pp. 38-44.

"Writings Remembered." Jones Family Editions, London: Xerox edition, 1976; Microfiche edition, 1978.

 "The Imaginary Rock: a list". London: Jones Family Editions, 1977.

"Dear Wolf." Evolutionary Environments. Edition 4. March 1977. pp. 12 - 13.

DIWYLLIANNAU HYNAFOL YN Y BYD MODERN, deg tudalen ar gyfer myfyrdod, ac awgrymiadau hefyd, ANCIENT CULTURES IN A MODERN WORLD ten pages for contemplation, and suggestions too. Welsh Arts Council publication for Yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Wrecsam, 1977.

"Dear Arturo." Letter to Arturo Montagu of Buenos Aires: a fictional version of an interview with Chris Jones in La Plata. 15 February 1977. 12 pp. typescript.

"How my thoughts about design methods have changed during the years." Design Methods and Theories. Vol. 11, 1977. pp. 50 - 62.

"The people of the book: the story of an imaginary experiment in rethinking the nature of industrial life." Personal publication. November/December 1977.

"The problem map." Review of Yearbook of World Problems and Human Potential, Brussels: UIA Mankind 2000, 1976, in Futures, Vol. 10, No. 4 (1978), pp. 331-332.

"OF the family history OF everyone."  in Of Of Annetta Pedretti, editor. London: Princelet Editions, 1978.

"Berlin 88." Viewer's printout of a program to be broadcast in 1988 on the 10th anniversary of the Berlin futures conference, in Konferenzdocumentation, Bedingungen des lebens und die folgen fur die erziehung (Proceedings of the Berlin futures conference). Berlin: Technische Universitat Berlin. . Hans Joachim Harloff, hans-Peter Hempel & Monika Schirmer, eds. 1978. pp. 409-423.

"The danger of simplicity." Reviews of Waddington, C.H., The Man-Made Future, London: Croom Helm, 1978, and Tools for Thought, London: Jonathan Cape, 1977, in Futures, Vol. 11, No. 3 (1979), pp.248-249.

"Following Giraldus: another journey through Wales following that of Giraldus Cambrensis in 1188." Typescript © 1979. In Oriel  #4. Winter/Gaeaf 1988.

"Arch: the artificial church, an essay that became a play." Interstate  12. 1979, pp. 104-122.

"De como mis ideas acerca de los methodos de diseno han cambiado a lo largo de los anos." Summarios. Vol. 3, No. 28. February 1979. (Special issue devoted to Jones' work). pp. 371 - 382.

"Mas alla del racionalismo." Summarios. Vol. 3, No. 28. February 1979. (Special issue devoted to Jones' work). pp. 383 - 397.

"Proceso/Progreso." Summarios. Vol. 3, No. 28. February 1979. (Special issue devoted to Jones' work). pp. 389 - 409.

"De la carta 8, sombre investigation en arquitectura." Summarios. Vol. 3, No. 28. February 1979. (Special issue devoted to Jones' work). p. 410.

"De la carta 7, a Tom Regan." Summarios. Vol. 3, No. 28. February 1979. (Special issue devoted to Jones' work). p. 411.

"How my thoughts about design methods have changed during the years." Spanner 17. July 1979. pp. 140 - 152.

"Is designing a response to the whole of life." Spanner 17. July 1979. p 154 - 158.

"ONCE ITS TYPED ITS PUBLISHED the story of my writings from 1950 to 1979 and attempts at publishing in microfiche and Xerox." written for Allen Fisher for inclusion in Spanner 17. July 1979. In Interstate  14. 1981.

"Designing Designing." Design Studies.  Vol. 1, No. 1. July 1979. pp. 31 - 35.


1980 - 89

" the dimension of Time. Thoughts about the context of designing."  Design Studies.  Vol. 1, No. 3, 1980. pp. 172 - 176.

"A Voice from the Think Tank." What we have. Eastern Arts Council: An East Midlands Celebration. Festival publication. Summer 1980. pp. 31-33.

"Things. (French and Flemish Translations)" Neuf. No. 87, June/July/August 1980. pp. 63 - 67.

"St. Ives By Chance." Architecture Association Quarterly. Volume 12, No. 4, 1980. pp. 56 - 62.

"En la Dimension del Tiempo...Reflexiones Sombre el Contexto del Diseno." Universidad Nacional de Rosario-Facultad de Arquitectura, Serie Arquitectura. October 1980.

"Opus one, number two." Design Studies, Vol. 1, No. 6, October 1980. pp. 373-377.

"The Works of Miguel Roca." Architectural Design, Vol. 50, No. 11-1,1980, pp. 179-181.

"Small is Powerful: Technology is Art." Futures, Vol. 13, No. 5 (9 February 1981), pp. 51-62.

"Utopia and Numeroso: a conversation about the future of planning." (personal publication), March 1981.

"In a Box of Chocolates- some favorite flavours of a connoisseur of chaos." In problems of levels and boundaries:  proceedings of the second sn-theme conference amsterdam april 21-23, 1981, pp. 145-154. annetta pedretti and gerard de zeeuw (eds) princelet editions 005.

"el proceso del diseno y la tecnologia." Seminar at the centro de arte y comunicacion, September, 1981.

Designing It Yourself:  some notes on design methods. (personal publication), November 1981.

"Opus One, Number Two. (Spanish Translation)" Artinf 29/30. October/November/ December 1981. pp. 27 - 30.

"Lo pequeno es poderoso: la tecnologia es arte." El Porteno. Vol. 1, No. 1. January 1982. pp. 36 - 41+.

"Utopia y Numerso (Spanish version)." El Porteno.  Vol. 1, No. 2. February 1982. pp. 30 - 31.

"A Tribute to Richard Huws (written with Chris Crickmay)." Architectural Association Quarterly.  Vol. 13, Nos 2/3, January - June 1982. pp. 79 -80.

"technology changes"  first installment, princelet editions/living books, London and Zurich, 1982.

"Voices at the conference conference." in Changing Design. Barrie Evans, et al, editors. Chichester: Wiley, 1982. pp. 347-367.

Design Methods Mobius. Nhibs Instituut voor Produktontwikkeling, October, 1982.

"Arcerca de la arquitectura galesa." Summarios. 65/66. 1983. p. 23.

"On Praxis: Or what became of the future?" Futures, Vol. 15, No. 6 (December 1983), pp. 426-429.

"Couriers." In Problems of Actors and Actions: proceedings of the third sn-conference on themes in cybernetics and system research, Amsterdam, 1983, Volume 2. Zurich and London: Princelet Editions, 1985, pp. 199-206. Also in Paper Air, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1986, pp. 70-73.

"technology changes" princelet editions, ( pe 10), London and Zurich 1984.

"My first thoughts for the conference and for my paper are these..." Letter; 24 May 1984. Abstract for Design Research Society Conference, Bath, 1984.

Book review of Jones, Barry.  Sleepers Wake! Technology and the Future of Work  Sussex: Harvester Press, 1982, in Futures,  2 August 1984.

"Without a Theory," Reality Studios, Vol. 6: Interface, K. Edwards, A. Fisher and P. Brown, eds., London, 1984.

Essays in Design. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.,1984. Re-released by David Fulton Publishers, Ltd.,1988.

Essay in Daniel Weil's Light Box.  London: Architectural Association, 1985. pp. 12 - 17.

The Electric Book: Volume 1: news from outer space. Unpublished, 1985.

"In Osborne, pages from a journal". Unpublished text in printout and magnetic disk form, 1985.

The Electric Book: Volume 2: life in volume two. Unpublished, 1986.

"The Folklore of Conferences." in Design Coalition Team, Volume Three. M.R. Beheshti, editor. Eindhoven: Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design Methods Group, 1986. pp. 419 - 459.

The Electric Book: Volume 3: world perfect. Unpublished, 1987.

"The Future of Breathing." written for a book on the theme "Automobile(s)" published as Le Futur de la Respiration in Penser L'Automobile, tome 1,Centre D'Art Contemporian, Centre d'Action Culturelle de Montbeliard, Jean-Paul Curnier,ed.,  1987.

Book Review of Previews and Premises. A.Toffler,  London and Sydney, Pan Books, 1984, in Futures,  April 1987,  pp. 209-212.

Book review of The Nature of Time. Flood, R.,& Lockwood, M. Oxford: Basil Blackwell,1986, in Futures, August 1987, pp. 483-485.

"Writing the Future." Futures, June 1988, pp. 317-321.

"Thought-provoking glosses." Review of Dijkuis,W. An Achillean Glossary: Coping with Computer-Age Vulnerability. Amsterdam: The Written Word, 1987, in Futures,  Vol. 20 No. 1 (1988), pp.97-98.

"Following Giraldus" Oriel. No. 4, Winter 1988. pp. 14 - 15.

"Softecnica." Design After Modernism. J. Thackera, ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 1988. pp. 216-226.

"John Chris Jones to Moniek Bucquoye." Typescript for inclusion in Interieur 88. Kortrük, Belgium.

"dear architects (1989)". Unpublished paper. 23 September 1989.

The Electric Book: Voume 4: Going South. Unpublished. 1989

"Shared thoughts on creativity."  Review of Windows on Creativity and Invention. Jacques G. Richardson ed. Mt Airy, MD, USA: Lomond, 1988, in Futures, Vol. 22 No.2 (1990), pp. 219-220.


1990 - 99

Review of Models & Constructs: margin notes to a design culture by Norman Potter. Reading: Hyphen Press, 1990. for Design Studies, Printout:10 May 1990.

"Radio Simplicity: was someone dreaming of interactive radio?" Paper for Technoculture conference, Inverness, Scotland (2 October 1990).

"the future of good intentions." Design Studies. Vol. 11, No. 4, October 1990. pp. 184 - 186.

"depending on everyone." Design Studies. Vol. 11, No. 4, October 1990. pp. 187 - 193.

Letter to Editor of The Guardian, re: ways of preserving peace. (21 August 1990 - unpublished).

Letter to Editor of The Times Educational Supplement, re: closing of Art and Social Context course at Dartington college. Printout: 28 November 1990.

Book review of Miller, David. W.H. Hudson and the Elusive Paradise. Britain: Macmillan Press Ltd, 1990. USA: St. Martin's Press, 1990. (typescript sent to Paper Air, May 1990).

Designing Designing. Forthcoming from the Architecture, Design and Technology Press (London), spring 1990.

"from the electric book, volume 5: going south. a series of fictions taking place on  j-921, a synthetic planet idential to earth." version 2 of chapter 1. edited for screens and tasted parallels, April 1990.

Notes and Plays, Spectacular Diseases, 1998, Peterborough, Cambs, 1990.

"Designing as Living?" Review of "Life in Antwerp and On My Mantlepiece," 1991, and "Design Discourse: History, Theory and Criticism," 1990, Information Design Journal, pp. 142 - 148.

"The Grammar of Technology?" Futures, Jan/Feb. 1992, pp. 93 -95.

From the Imposed to the Adaptive, Verhaert booklet, 1993.

"Tranquil, Temptest, a Radio Pastoral," brochure from Kenny Yip Foundation Exhibition, 1993.

Review of "Designing designing" by Victor Margolin, Information Design Journal, July 2, 1993, pp. 148 - 151.

The Education of Everyone, Part One: The Electric Book, Part Two: The Imaginary Rock, (unpublished), 1994.

Review Article for Anarchist Studies, June 4, 1994.

Review of "Design Methods" and "Designing designing," by Andrew J. King, Journal of Design History Vol. 8, No. 1, 1995, pp. 70 -75.

"Phd Research in Design," The Design Research Society issue 58, July - Sept. 1997, pp. 4 - 6.

"The Wheelchair of My Aunt," The Design Research Society issue 62, July - Sept. 1998, p. 3.

"Creative Democracy, with Extended Footnotes to the Future," Futures, Vol. 30, No. 5, pp. 475 - 479.

Sub Voicive Poetry 1999 #6, Paul Dutton, Elizabeth James, John Chris Jones, Published by Sub Voicive Poetry, March 30, 1999, pp. 6 - 12.

"The Internet and Everyone," from ellipsis Last Wash, pp. 15 - 18, November 1999.


2000 -

"the internet and everyone," clothbound edition, 592 pages, electric edition at , ellipsis, London 2000, later published by Chrysalis /Batsford Books, London until 2004

*author's announcement (version 3, 28 january 2004):

20 january 2004 the internet and everyone

the internet and everyone, isbn 1-899858-20-2

Ellipsis London, the original publisher, was bought by Chrysalis Books / Batsford Books. They have decided to stop publishing it in the United Kingdom.

I am buying some or all of the remaining books and intend to make them available by mail order from february onwards.

Information about how to obtain the book by mail order will appear here when it is ready.

Late news:

27 january 2004: The book is still distributed in the USA by W W Norton Company, New York but is not available online from them.

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