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John Edson

Design Partner, San Francisco
Helps clients use proven innovation processes and multidisciplinary creative expertise to develop breakthrough products

About John

John is a partner at LUNAR, the leading industrial-design firm that joined McKinsey Design following its acquisition in early 2015.

His recent client experience includes managing the birth of successful products for companies such as InFocus, Motorola, Philips, and a variety of start-ups. Products developed under John’s management have been honored with accolades from the I.D. Design Annual, the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, iF Hannover, the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Industrial Design Excellence Award.

Born of an engineer and a mathematician, John is a natural problem solver, teacher, and regular guest lecturer at Stanford University. With a strong visual appetite, a love of art, and an innate curiosity, John embodies LUNAR’s trademark: “Creativity that makes a difference.” He hosts the industry podcast “Icon-o-Cast,” and in 2008, he and his team launched “Elements,” a sustainable-design initiative to reduce LUNAR’s environmental footprint, both internally and for clients.


Stanford University
MS, engineering; joint program in design

University of Texas, Austin
BS, engineering