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student headshot John Stillman

“Through the IDM program,” he says, “my goal is to combine my previous experience with what I’m learning at MIT in order to create products and services for a diverse range of users from astronauts to kids with dyslexia and other learning differences.”

John enjoys designing and making all kinds of things, including visual effects for Hollywood blockbusters, consumer product visualizations, custom kitchens, and hacks to one of his many bicycles. “As an undergraduate design student,” he says, “I learned how to use design thinking in all aspects of my personal and professional life.” During his career as a computer graphics artist at companies like Industrial Light and Magic, John has created animation and visual effects on popular franchises such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. He also has created motion graphics for broadcast, virtual reality, and interactive media for the likes of Mekanism, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and Obscura Digital.