1966– | BORN: Seattle,Washington | EDUCATION: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; University of Tsukuba Institute of Art and Design, Japan
Combines design and technology
Advocates computer knowledge for designers
Leads well-known design college
John Maeda was a computer science grad student at MIT on his way to becoming a user interface designer. Then he read Thoughts on Design, by Paul Rand—an experience that shifted the course of Maeda’s career.
Maeda took a humbling message from Rand’s book: Understanding the computer did not necessarily make one a good designer. Encouraged by his professor Muriel Cooper, ...