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design | Nov 24th, 2016

The Next Revolution in Design? It’s 4D Printing—and Skylar Tibbits’s New Self-Assembly Lab Is the Perfect Guidebook.

Skylar Tibbits is leading the next design revolution. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, he’s on the cutting edge of what he calls 4D printing (think: objects that adapt to their surroundings like living things—and create endless possibilities for construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure in... Continue Reading →
design | Aug 24th, 2016

Design Evangelist John Maeda's New Job: Promoting Inclusion and Open Source

Congratulations are in order for design speaker John Maeda, who’s moving on after three productive years as the Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda will join Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack, as their Global Head of Computational Design and... Continue Reading →
design | Sep 16th, 2013

Next Big Thing: Why John Maeda Says Design Is More Important Than Tech

"Technology used to be the differentiating factor," John Maeda says in a segment on Bloomberg TV's Next Big Thing. "Now we don't care anymore because design matters more than technology." Maeda, popular design speaker and President of the Rhode Island School of Design, says that what we value in our... Continue Reading →
design | May 29th, 2013

John Maeda: Simple Design In A Technologically Complex World [VIDEO]

"Something was happening in the 80s and 90s that defied logic," design speaker John Maeda explains, "this thing, a microchip, was able to do the following: It was able to get cheaper every year, and get faster every year at the same time." As he told the audience at a recent New York Ideas panel... Continue Reading →
design | Apr 24th, 2013

People-Driven Design: John Maeda On The Human Experience In The Arts

Technology, with all of it's advancements, can only take us so far. Good design—John Maeda notes in a presentation at the Data & Design Conference—puts people at its core. It is important, he says, to incorporate the human experience into the design process. Empathy and personal judgment are... Continue Reading →
design | Dec 19th, 2012

Designing A Better World: CNN Profiles John Maeda [VIDEO]

As part of its special "TED Talk Tuesdays" series, CNN recently profiled the innovative design principles practiced by  John Maeda, and provided a breakdown of the popular TED talk he gave this past summer. As he explains in the talk, design is a discipline which is just as worthy of recognition and... Continue Reading →
design | Dec 4th, 2012

John Maeda In Wired: Videogames Belong In The MoMA

Do the video games Pac-Man, Tetris, SimCity, and Myst belong in the Museum of Modern Art? Some critics say no.  John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design however, says yes. While you can make the argument about whether or not these games are actually art or not, the MoMA acquired these... Continue Reading →
design | Mar 21st, 2011

Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology: John Maeda at The Adobe Museum of Digital Technology

John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and one of the world’s foremost design thinkers, presents a brand new exhibit at the uniquely virtual Adobe Museum of Digital Media. The exhibit, entitled “Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft (ABC)” will run from March 23 - December 31 on... Continue Reading →