John Maeda

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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, ...

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