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John Chris Jones (John Christopher Jones, 7 October 1927, Hafren, Caergog, Aberystwyth) is a Welsh designer. He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, and went on to work for AEI in Manchester, England. His 1970 book Design Methods is considered a major text in design.


Jones, Designing Designing, 1991, PDF.
  • editor, with D.G. Thornley, Conference on Design Methods: Papers Presented at the Conference on Systematic and Intuitive Methods in Engineering, Industrial Design, Architectre and Communications: London, September 1962, Oxford: Pergamon, 1963, 222 pp. [1]
    • La metodologia del progettare, Vicenza: Marsilio, 1967, 187 pp. (Italian)
  • Design Methods: Seeds of Human Future, London: Wiley Interscience, 1970, xvi+407 pp; 2nd ed., rev., Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992, lxiv+407 pp; repr., John Wiley and Sons, 1998. [2]. Review: Clarke (Ergonomics).
    • trans., 1973. (Japanese)
    • Design. Metode şi aplicaţii, trans. Margareta Dan and Virgil Salvanu, Bucharest: Tehnică, 1975, 352 pp. (Romanian)
    • Métodos de diseño, trans. María Luisa López Sardá, Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1976, xvi+370 pp. (Spanish)
    • Inzhenernoye i khudozhestvennoye konstruirovaniye. Sovremennyye metody proyektnogo analiza [Инженерное и художественное конструирование. Современные методы проектного анализа], trans. T.P. Burmistovoya and I.V. Fridenberg, Moscow: MIR, 1976, 374 pp; new ed., exp., as Metody proyektirovaniya [Методы проектирования], trans. T.P. Burmistovoya and I.V. Fridenberg, Moscow: MIR, 1986, 326 pp. (Russian)
    • Metody projektowania, trans. Jacek Zielonka, Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Naukowo-Techniczne, 1977, 431 pp. (Polish)
    • She ji fang fa: ren lei qian tu di gen yuan [設計方法: 人類前途的根源], trans. Wang Jintang, Taibei Shi: Xu shi ji jin hui, Minguo 81, 1992, xii+450 pp. (Chinese)
  • After Giraldus, 1979. Travel notes as author followed the Journey Through Wales of Giraldus Cambrensis in 1188. Includes texts of about thirty people speaking Giraldus' descriptions (in English and in Welsh) of the places where they stood. Also texts to and from Edwin Schlossberg.
  • Essays in Design, Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 1984, xiii+335 pp; new ed., exp., as Designing Designing, London: Architecture Design and Technology Press, 1991, xlv+335 pp.
    • Diseñar el diseño, trans. Iris Menéndez, Barcelona: Gili, 1985, xiii+335 pp. Excerpt. (Spanish)
  • Technology Changes, London: Princelet, 1984, 397 pp. Sixty-four writings on technology and modern life.
  • Notes and Plays, 1998, 136 pp. A result of questioning theatrical and cinematic realism, with design plays and other performances including puppet plays and a new version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
  • The Internet and Everyone, London: Ellipsis, 2000, 592 pp. Personal correspondence. Thoughts about the internet, its precedents, such as the phone, and its possibilities for despecialisation and 'creative democracy'. Some of it is fictional and some of it is in Welsh. [3]