John S Black
307 S. Main Moscow, ID 83843


Designed residences in Moscow and Crested Butte, Colorado; interiors for university food service departments including salad bars, cases, counters, and entrances; retail clothing business-including custom lighting and rack system; color schemes for athletic complex; reception areas; office entrances; brick paver pattern for retail alley; historic restoration of Art Deco building.


Art director for filming of 'Holy Days'; wrote, directed and edited videos on energy efficient housing procedures and mitigation, directed and assisted on TV commercials; produced and arranged musical recording sessions, experience with musical sequencing, sampling, and MIDI production.

Graphics/Graphic Environments

Designed, art directed and produced corporate and business identity systems, brochures, ads, posters, books, catalogs, menus, annual reports, packaging, workbooks, sales /promotional materials; art directed photo sessions. Designed graphic environments for trade shows, teaching workshops, endowment/donation walls; designed and supervised sign systems for downtown revitalization and university; wall murals, menu boards, and neon signs; designed structure and custom lighting for historical photo exhibit. presence The design and marketing of Internet presence; graphics, navigation and orginization.


Created hands-on info materials for household feedback on energy use; published "Creative Information: Tools For Environmental Education and Personal Change" for International Global Warming Conference and American Council For An Energy Efficient Economy, 1992, relating to education, communication; conducted steamboat restoration feasibility study. Internet training and education.

Product Design

Designed furniture: Cassina (Italy) had option on single pole bookshelf; designed and built lighting prototypes for Atelier International (New York); other designs in kitchenware, blower doors, custom furniture and lighting.


Computer work with Apple Macintosh and Windows environments - spreadsheets, accounting, databases, telecommunications, publishing, graphics, drafting, video, and multimedia.


Other experience in technical illustration; photography; management systems consulting/product idea development.



Owner Information Architecture
Work in graphics, architecture, film, video and the computer in telecommunications. Internet presence design, training and education. For First Step Research clients included Santana, Frankie Beverely and Maze, Marino, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison; Kaufman and Canoles; Mary Jane's Farm, Chrysler, Ascent Technologies, and Edgewood Fine Log Structures.


Owner JOHN BLACK Design/Creative Consulting
major clients: Atelier International, Cassina (Italy), University of Idaho, Fab Tec Inc., Scientific Instrumentation Specialists, The Burdick Group, Hamilton Productions, Washington State University, Nirk Archery Company, State of Idaho


Partner RMSB design
major clients: Northwest River Supplies, Beckman Instruments, Weldcraft Marine, Gritman Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center


Associate Creative Workshops Inc.
major clients: City of Moscow, Idaho State Historical Society


Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station and the University of Idaho
Laboratory and field work in hydrology. Conducted chemical analysis of water using spectrophotometers and usual other tests. Designed and implemented standard and field laboratories and coordinated logistics for long wilderness studies. Illustrated/designed scientific graphics.


Education: Graduated with B.A. in Architecture from the University of Idaho. Thesis centered on underground design using cenospheres (floating fly ash) and other coal by-products to promote waterproof, lightweight underground concrete structures.