John Maeda is president of the Rhode Island School of Design. A renowned graphic designer and computer scientist, Maeda was originally a software engineering student at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he eventually completed a PhD in design and went on to teach. He is the author of The Laws of Simplicity, and several other books.
In Glimmer: Maeda talks about the advantages of designing one’s life with a broad base.
Quote: “I think in design, in some sense, we’re going back to the Sixties.”
TED Talk: Maeda talks about his path from a Seattle tofu factory to RISD, and also explores the crucial moment when design met computers. (May 2008)