John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, describes how design is helping reinvent business for the 21st century. Maeda's highly-regarded theory of Simplicity, is at once a philosophy, creative manual, and business manifesto.
John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner. He advises KPCB portfolio companies on how to maximize the impact of design in their products and company cultures. He serves on the boards of Sonos and Wieden+Kennedy. He also chairs the eBay Design Advisory Board and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models and a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
One of the most eminent fine arts colleges in the U.S., located in Providence, R.I. It was founded in 1877 but did not offer college-level instruction until 1932. It combines professional arts training with a broad liberal arts curriculum, offering bachelor's and master's degrees in the design, fine arts, and other fields. Its art museum has extensive collections of American painting and decorative arts.
John Maeda points to a place for human experience within the large transorganic world of the 21st century technological society.
John Maeda represents the blending of the artistic and scientific spirit that is the basis of our humanity. He describes a model for where our educational systems should be going. As a human being we are both emotional and rational creatures. Learning the language of emotion depends on the artistic spirit while learning the language of critical thought depends upon the scientific spirit. Our educational system should recognize, enable and encourage children to learn both languages in order to lead full and fulfilling lives.
I found this talk to be a refreshing look at an alternative to the model we use to program our children to become zombie spare parts for our technologically dominated culture and society. We find this zombie approach in so many of our educational institutions at all levels. Maede describes another way.