John Philip McNett (May 15, 1938 - October 11, 2009) was a game and toy designer who has worked for served companies. In 1965, he graduated from the Art Center College of Design majoring in car styling where two of his classmates were Larry Wood, the "Hot Wheels" design maven, and Geza Loczi who became head of design for Volvo. In 1977, he met his wife Linda Larkin McNett while working for Mego.
McNett worked with famed toy inventor Marvin Glass on Skittle Tac Toe and Imposters and was responsible for the invention, styling, and development of Skittle Poker, Skittle Bingo, and Flip-it 21. He also proved the styling for Monday Night Football, Shifty Checkers and Pursuit.
He is sometimes credited with discovering artist Ken Kelly while looking for an artist whose work was similar to that of Frank Frazetta and discovering that Frank Frazetta was related to Ken's wife. In 1979, he resigned from Mego to work for Coleco.
From 1990 to 2000, he worked as director of research and development for Ohio Art where he designed and developed variations of their Etch-A-Sketch. McNett was particularly proud of a product called Zender which was a precursor to text messaging.
He also served in the U.S. Army and previously worked for companies such as Aurora, Remco, Matchbox, Lear Jet, and General Motors. Born in Guymon, Oklahoma, he died October 11, 2009, in Gainesville, Florida.