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Design Culture

John Maeda | TEDxTokyo 2012

Art majors everywhere, take heart: John Maeda is lobbying to ensure your future by fusing art and design with science and infusing technology with soul. The world- renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and former MIT professor’s STEAM movement wants to put art into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational model. And people are listening. In 2008, Esquire magazine named John one of the 21st century’s 75 most influential people; Forbes calls him the “Steve Jobs of academia.” John redefined the use of electronic media as a tool for expression, laying the groundwork for the interactive motion graphics now so prevalent on the web. He’s had well-received one-man digital art shows in London, New York and Paris, and his work graces the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cartier Foundation in Paris. A TED Conference Brain Trust member, John earned a National Design Award in 2001, and received the AIGA Medal in 2011. His book The Laws of Simplicity now appears in 14 languages.