E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
President-elect, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
“Humanity, Simplicity, Technology”
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
8:00 p.m. Webb Auditorium
Named by Esquire magazine as one of the 21 most important people for the twenty-first century,
graphic designer, computer scientist and visual artist, John Maeda first made his mark by redefining the use
of electronic media as a tool for expression for people of all ages and skills. A faculty member at the
Media Lab since 1996, Maeda holds the E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences,
founded the SIMPLICITY Consortium, and co-directs the Lab’s design-oriented Physical Language Workshop.
He has exhibited work at galleries in Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo. Among his many awards are Germany’s
Loewy Foundation Prize (2005), Japan’s Mainichi Design Prize (2002) and the Smithsonian Institution’s Natl.
Design Award (2001). He is author of The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, Maeda@Media, and Design by Numbers—
books that describe his philosophy of “humanizing technology” through his perspective on the digital arts. In 2008,
John Maeda will become the 16th President of The Rhode Island School of Design.