John D. Noneman (1938 – 2022) | Obituary


John D. Noneman, 84, designer, artist and educator, died peacefully on January 29, 2022 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut. John was born on January 18, 1938 in Bryan, Ohio to WG and Julia (Stauffer) Noneman.

John graduated from Bryan High School in 1956. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity where he made many lifelong friendships. After graduating, John moved to New York where he worked for Benton and Bowles, doing graphic design and advertising. In 1963, he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design at Yale University. Noneman has been featured in two exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and one of his works, the 1965 “Popular Optical Art Ball”, is part of the MOMA Graphic Design collection.

John married Patricia Green, a fellow Yale student, on September 12, 1966, in New York.

In 1973 John and Patricia established a graphic design firm, Noneman & Noneman Design, to provide a full-service design group specializing in a wide range of corporate projects including identity programs, corporate brochures, facilities, magazines and editorial design, sales promotion, finance and employee relations materials and website architecture and design.

From 1995 to 2015, John was on the communication design faculty at Parsons the New School For Design in New York, teaching corporate design, advanced studio design, and typography. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of Cooper Union, Pratt Institute of Art, and Silvermine College of Art.

In 2001, John and Patricia left New York to live full time in their country home outside of Kent, Connecticut.

John was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Patricia, who died on May 3, 2021.

He is survived by his brother, Tom (Ellen) Noneman of Palm City, Florida; sister, Ann (Dr. Charles) Harrison of Hilton Head, South Carolina; nephew, Steven (Mary Barrett) Noneman of Lowell, Massachusetts. Private services will take place at a later date.

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