John Corcoran

Director, Wire Design

John Corcoran was born in 1964 in the wire-manufacturing town of Warrington, Lancashire. He spent his formative years as a design engineer and industrial chemist before going on to become a jazz trumpeter, failed pop star and successful show business promoter and designer for legends such as Ken Dodd and Sooty.

After returning from travelling in Asia in 1994, John set up Corcoran Design focusing on digital and graphic design. In 1997 he teamed up with fellow Warringtonians Peter and Tim Higgins to form Wire. Wire use print, film, product, service and new technologies to create a positive change in Society.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and has worked closely with them, and the Royal College of Art on delivering their inclusive design agendas. He sits on the board of the Design Skills Alliance, set up by the Design Council and Cultural & Creative Skills. He also sits on the board of the Design Business Association, the trade body for the design industry.

In May 2006, Wire won the acclaimed RCA and DBA Inclusive Design Challenge, which has been described by the BBC as ‘The combined Oscars and Olympics of Inclusive Design'. He has judged several national and international awards including; Design for Our Future Selves - RCA, Design Directions - RSA, The Inclusive Design Challenge for the DBA, D&AD New Blood, The Roses Design Awards, Working Later Awards and The Home Entertainment Week Awards.

Wires' book Access - a creative study, was published on 2006. In 2009 ‘Beyond Big Type - A better approach to inclusive communication design won the prestigious Sappi, International ‘Ideas That Matter Award'.

He is a regular guest speaker at international design conferences and academic institutions. In 2008 he was invited by IAUD (International Association of Universal Design) Japan to lead a team of designers from leading Japanese companies in a 48 hour inclusive design challenge.

In spring 2010, John was selected as access and inclusive design consultant for the Natural History Museum, Exhibitions Department. John has recently returned from a week in Korea as the guest of the British Council where he gave public seminars, ran workshops and talked to Hyundai Cars on ‘65+' - design for an older population.

He continues to lead on brand development, marketing and design projects on a day-to-day basis and recent clients include: Whole Education, Cambridge University Engineering Design Centre, The London Symphony Orchestra, 2 Michelin Star restaurant Pied-a-Terre and Newham Council.