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Design Miami Chat Shows: John Maeda

The first of our video interviews conducted at Design Miami last month features John Maeda, the multi-skilled designer who is now president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Filmed by Dezeen in front of a live audience, Maeda talks about the five images he selected in response to the Design Miami Chat Shows brief: My Design Life in Five Images.

We'll be posting the rest of the interviews over the coming days; for a full list of the interviewees, see our earlier story here.

Design Miami Chat Shows are supported by Fendi.

Here's a biography of Maeda:


Dr. John Maeda

John is a world-renowned graphic designer, educator, artist, and computer scientist, who now adds the title Rhode Island School of Design President to his diverse credentials. His early work redefined the use of electronic media as a tool for expression by combining skilled computer programming with sensitivity to traditional artistic concerns.

This work helped to develop the interactive motion graphics that are prevalent throughout the internet today. At MIT since 1996, John was the Associate Director of Research at the MIT Media Laboratory, where he was responsible for managing research relationships with 70+ industrial organizations and has developed advanced projects for an array of major corporations including Cartier, Google, Philips, Reebok, and Samsung among others.

He is the recipient of the highest honors for design in the USA (1999 Chrysler Design Award; 2001, National Design Award), Japan (2002, Mainichi Design Prize), and Germany (2005, Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize), and his early work in digital media design is in the permanent collection of MoMA (New York). John is the author of four books.

His most recent book, The Laws of Simplicity has been published in 14 languages and has become the reference work for discussions on the highly elusive theme of ‘simplicity’ in the complex digital world.