When renowned designer and computer scientist John Maeda was tapped to be president of the celebrated Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, he went from being a professor -- free to speak his mind against "the man" -- to being "the man." Asked if he has stopped designing, Maeda replied (via Twitter) "I'm designing how to talk about/with/for our #RISD community." Maeda's creative nature makes him a different sort of leader – one that prizes honest critique and learning how to "productively fail."
In this talk, with Becky Bermont, co-author of his new book Redesigning Leadership, he uses Perspectives from his various backgrounds – as an artist and designer, a technologist, and a professor – to discuss leadership lessons he's learned since taking the helm months before the Great Recession. Much of the focus of their discussion is on the limits of using social media in the new, networked organization.
In this DesignCast you will:
- Gain valuable insight from an industry legend into what the future of design and technology will look like
- Learn tips and tricks on how to prepare yourself and your team for an ever-evolving design landscape
- Hear advice on effective team building and leadership from Maeda and Becky Bermont
- Discover new ways to successfully communicate your design skills in a progressively multi-media world Discover new ways to successfully communicate your design skills in a progressively multi-media world
- And uncover Maeda's tips for what he likes to call "productively fail "
About the Presenters: Becky Bermont–Vice President, Media Group, Rhode Island School of Design
John Maeda–President, Rhode Island School of Design
John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to integrate technology, education and the arts into a 21stcentury synthesis of creativity and innovation. A recipient of the National Design Award and represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in June 2008.
A former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Maeda taught media arts and sciences there for 12 years and served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. Maeda's early work redefined the use of electronic media as a tool for expression by combining skilled computer programming with sensitivity to traditional artistic concerns. He has published four books including The Laws of Simplicity, now translated into 14 languages. His new book written with Becky Bermont, Redesigning Leadership, expands on his micro-posts on leadership and innovation as @johnmaeda on Twitter. In 2008 Maeda was named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine and in 2010 he was called the "Steve Jobs of academia" by Forbes magazine.
Becky leads the Media + Partners group at the Rhode Island School of Design, which seeks to create compelling external communications and relationships to strengthen RISD's reputation in the world-at-large. Media + Partners designs, produces, and maintains RISD's print, online and video communications vehicles, and leads communication efforts within the College and Museum. The team also forges partnerships with a network of innovative corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Target, GAP, and Toshiba, to create positive and powerful educational experiences for students.