John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, describes how design is helping reinvent business for the 21st century. Maeda's highly-regarded theory of Simplicity, is at once a philosophy, creative manual, and business manifesto.
John Maeda is Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, where he works with KPCB’s entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013, during which time RISD saw increased applications, fundraising, and career placements. Prior to RISD, Maeda spent 13 years at the MIT Media Lab as a professor and head of research. His career bridging the intersections of graphic design, computer science, art, education, and leadership earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire. Maeda chairs the eBay Design Advisory Council, serves on the boards of the wireless hi-fi company Sonos and the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. His books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership, which expands on his Twitter feed at @johnmaeda, one of TIME Magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds. He has received a variety of international awards for his creative work, including induction to the Art Director's Club Hall of Fame and the White House's National Design Award.
One of the most eminent fine arts colleges in the U.S., located in Providence, R.I. It was founded in 1877 but did not offer college-level instruction until 1932. It combines professional arts training with a broad liberal arts curriculum, offering bachelor's and master's degrees in the design, fine arts, and other fields. Its art museum has extensive collections of American painting and decorative arts.
John Maeda points to a place for human experience within the large transorganic world of the 21st century technological society.
John Maeda represents the blending of the artistic and scientific spirit that is the basis of our humanity. He describes a model for where our educational systems should be going. As a human being we are both emotional and rational creatures. Learning the language of emotion depends on the artistic spirit while learning the language of critical thought depends upon the scientific spirit. Our educational system should recognize, enable and encourage children to learn both languages in order to lead full and fulfilling lives.
I found this talk to be a refreshing look at an alternative to the model we use to program our children to become zombie spare parts for our technologically dominated culture and society. We find this zombie approach in so many of our educational institutions at all levels. Maede describes another way.