John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders

John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, c…

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jvizcuna says:

Excellent presentation

Love, Peace? and Art!

anjoLas says:

And why would you assume i´m mad ? Sounds? like you have mental health problems xD

PedanticNo1 says:

He seems to be advocating more micomanaging. Personally,? I perform MUCH worse when I know someone is monitoring me, and may step in at any moment. I just get nervous; I need to be left alone to accomplish my best work.

droppedonmyhed1 says:

the ideas he speaks of and what you refer to are different. Someone stepping in and telling you exactly how to do whatever it is you are doing is micromanaging. His ideas are for leaders to develop themselves in a way to manage their business without doing this. Also, I’d? like to point out: “I need to be left alone to accomplish my best work.” This is exactly what a creative leader should be doing. 🙂

droppedonmyhed1 says:

I know right? I was thinking the? same thing! I want that!

Oohsuger says:

Clooney and bollock? work forhim, I loved this idea, loved this talk it was great

Vladd7 says:

you might be right, but I enjoyed? it

Doug Stewart says:

The only real substance for the talk was in the last two minutes. The rest was the speaker showing off previous work. If he had gone more into about how technology and design were going to change people’s lives that would have been one thing. However, he got caught up in process. Which, for the record, is a problem common at RISD. Process is interesting? but not important.

Andrew Raphael Lukasik says:

I disagree with him. Art is no magic – but another? form of communication (at least).

mtolives says:


deexus says:

this talk is just about the presentation? of a simple software

DackIsBack says:

Yo’ TED, Onion? is parodying yo sheit nigguh!?

Overbruce says:

i try figure out why u use such lewd comments… i guess u don’t want? anyone to take u seriously… good luck with life

anjoLas says:

This is how people see your “first” comment -> “This comment has received too many negative votes”. Now, who needs luck in? life? xD

Steven Draper says:

I am delighted with a defense of Art that works. Management and? power brokers are the new black; but Art can help them and us get by.

cuervotaylor says:

Wow this es one of the worst TED talks I’ve ever seen. In special because? the douche with art and math degrees didn´t stop talking about how much he is an Apple cultist and consumer.

Yoshihiro Ortiz says:


Potato BakingXD says:

Seemed digressive? a little bit to the title and I did not really get the idea or the point of those typing letters, even though they were fun indeed.

Potato BakingXD says:

Seemed digressive? a little bit to the title and I did not really get the idea or the point of those typing letters, even though they were fun indeed.

Potato BakingXD says:

Seemed digressive a little bit to the title and I did not really get the? idea or the point of those typing letters, even though they were fun indeed.

Vikas V says:

that”talk nerdy to me” video and now this……I think we should be very selective? in watching TED talks….

Anh Thuy Nguyen says:

one question only: Which program did he use for? his presentation???

superhamzah85 says:

How do you overclock a human? computer? Cocaine? Coffee?

superhamzah85 says:

Only Lawrence Krauss could get something from this? talk.

655432655432 says:

is amazing the amount of useless stuff this guy done,that`s why u dont mix art and? math.

darkominem says:

This TEDtalk definitely had SUBSTANCE, BUT there was just TOO MUCH? FLUFF and useless anecdotes (we get it, you like to experiment with things).

MAEDA FAILED to clearly communicate + CONNECT his initial QUESTIONS to his proposed SOLUTION (of how we can better utilize DESIGN), leaving the viewer with a sense of “INCOMPLETION.”


PS: Regardless, still love the man’s work.

BaileysBeads says:

The title of this video? is the exact average of all TEDtitles taken together.

Laudnei Delgado says:

who can tel me something? about this last sofware Maedas use for management? …..please help me , i had look for some like that … THANKS

Jacob Coats says:

Wow, a program able to monitor people and their interactions without having a kind of Minority Report level of privacy violation. ?

Ivo Teixeira says:

Image, sound, movies… But videogames break the cicle. You can’t have the same gameplay? tru all platforms. The videogame IS the game changer.

Rhett Melton says:

What’s so bad about the lecture material? He didn’t drive home is overall point, which apparently left some of you aimless and confused, but the point is that technology (as an extension of our biological limits) is developing at an? exponential rate and that it needs to be re-evaluated in order for innovation to continue at the accelerated pace (because we’re getting to repetitious). Being conditioned to appreciate ‘art’ is a big part of this new ‘paradigm’ of innovation.

Rhett Melton says:

He has a lot of philosophical undertones also. Lots of process philosophy? (i.e. Alfred N. Whitehead-esque material).

afjhsruhddycdg says:

Does anyone know where to find this application. It sounds interesting, and I’d like to try? it out. Please comment if you have any information thank you.

Liteboyiam says:

i want an human powered computer like that!? 😉

Coloradicalman says:

As long as it’s not in? Comic Sans

afjhsruhddycdg says:

Does anyone know anything about? where to find this power shop product?

Christie Nel says:

I have thought about doing this… but with? ants.

sandspar says:

Is like the? Apple 2; you need a purpose first, this is a tool to achieve that.

Amir Kaviani says:

did? you find anywhere that the program shows up?
am also looking for that.

Yotipo says:

This TEDTalk was all over the place, but still one of my favorites just for the? ideas and content Maeda brings up

ayoama says:

This? presentation’s design is pretty interesting, too.

kenak1000 says:

I think he talked about the possibility of a creative leadership model as opposed to the traditional ones.

“Innovation = Art + Design”
I think that’s his point.

i. e. Innovation involves both technology and leadership, but innovation –as I understood he said one? way or another– is all about combining provocative artistic view points with what makes a good design. And that’s all that really “jazz”. A new tech shouldn’t have any value just because it’s new, just as an only old antique nothing.

JKJonesInCode says:

Very interesting until you realize there’s? no point to anything he’s saying.

Philip Fong says:

If? you don’t know about the concept that made everything around us, John Maeda explained HOW things got together with bits and pieces of examples and the development process people don’t see because you only expect the final product.

imfasa says:

Besides being a pretty interesting? talk, he’s got a great looking presentation. Does anybody know what software he probably used?

bryanjr11 says:

TYPE IN – Core King-Bryan? Clemons. Those one are, one leg bottle push ups are insane!!!!

mediatapwater says:

he’s a great designer, philosopher and innovator, but when it comes to? fine arts he doesn’t have it.

glugglug21 says:

someone gave him these slides 5 mins before he went on and he just? went with it, it was actualy suposed to be a talk about fonts

mgu1N1n1 says:

you, my boy? are precisely the problem

Bojan Grujic says:

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