October 21, 2019
John Maeda has been an influential figure in the creative, technology world for decades. He began his career as a computer-science student, then pivoted to art and design. He was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he led the Media Lab; became president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), was Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and now serves as a Strategic Advisor there. He currently leads design at Automattic, a Web-development company that is known primarily for WordPress.com.
The term leadership frequently causes some discomfort among creative types. Perhaps it conjures images of an authoritarian figure maintaining centralized command and control of disparate activities. Of course, such control is anathema to creating the diversity that is necessary to realize unique, creative outcomes. Read More