Selected works by John Maeda
Updated Jan 10, 2015



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reduce 2007
Text Squeezer

misspell 2007

human 2007
Human 2.0

riflemaker 2007
Maeda: MySpace.

postage 2007
USA postage finder.

darfur 2006
Darfur genocide.

credit 2006
Paying debts.

versus 2006
X versus Y.

lifecounter 2006
Your remaining springs.

burn 2006
Non-simulation of fire.

illustrandom 1993
Illustrator meets computer.

xmas 2005
Desktop patterns version 3.

fondation_cartier 2005
John Maeda: Nature.

cartier_card 2005
Cartier e-Card.

imda 1997
Tangram typeface.

shis30 1995
Shiseido 30th anniversary.

sony3 1998
Sony Online 3rd anniversary.

jeans 1997
Jeans pattern generator.

cyberpoinsettia 1997
Winter flower greetings.

cyberasagao 1997
Create a spring card.

cyberorchid 1996
Grow an orchid design.

moneycounter 2005
Compare tax dollars spent.

rapid_roulette 1998
Spin round-n-round.

number_racer 1998
Drive through a minute.

chasing_sakura 1998
Catch the flower petals.

do_re_mi-chi 1998
Horizontally careful maze.

orbit_calendar 1997
Numbers in orbit.

line_calendar 1997
Zoom through time.

flora_calendar 1997
Dance with a flower.

hanabi_calendar 1997
Typographic fireworks.

umiaki_calendar 1997
Fall meets the sea.

snow_calendar 1997
Snowflake round and round.

animemo 1993
Simple animation tool.

peoplecounter 2005
Visualize a number of people.

linear_way 2005
Linear Way debuts in London Jan 2005.

morigolf 2001
Multiplayer game of kanji-golf.

moriwater 2001
Bobbing pond of letters.

design_by_numbers 1999
Programming for visual folks.

maedamedia 2001
480-page retrospective.

golfball 2005
Typeface in a compact metal ball.

math_butterflies 1998
Flying numerical creatures. 1999
The world's longest line.

asiatsunami 2005
Lithograph sale for Asian relief.

clog_unclogged 2005
Coding log gets simplified.

creative_code 2004
Book on digital art and design.

robot_draw 2003
Robot doing work for me.

realm 1998
Paper promotional piece.

technology 2002
Technology/Ecology image.

reactive_books 2004
The origins of reactive graphics.

timestable 2005
Times table drill sheets.

issey 2004
Issey Miyake-inspired illustrations.

cartier 2004
Artwork on hands for Cartier.

kami_to_computer 1996
Print and computer exhibition.

chadants 2004
Chads remind me of ants.

ucla 2004
Cover for a warm spring term.

desktop2 2004
Desktop patterns version 2.

desktop1 2004
Desktop patterns for your pleasure.

science_and_art 2003
The arts are the science of enjoying life.

ikko_tanaka 2002
Ikko Tanaka essay.

samsung 2004
Online Samsung Brand Showcase.

moritree 2001
Tree of letters and letters.

time_graphics 1995
Early essay on time graphics.

reactive_graphics 1995
Early essay on reactive graphics.

metadesigning 1995
Early essay on meta-designing.


 Copyright 1995 to 2014, John Maeda

What is this site?  

I built this site around 2005 (you can still see my desk from way back then). At the time I had completed my "I'm done" 480-page book in 2000 entitled MAEDA@MEDIA and my follow-on book Creative Code that spoke to algorithms, art, and design from my Media Lab days. It was the year I was putting the finishing touches on The Laws of Simplicity where I began to wonder about the meta aspects of design and life. After seeing it published in 14 languages, I began to wonder if it was the last time I'd ever get to do something like that in my life.
     In 2008 I read The Audacity of Hope, and like many Americans, I got really hopeful and excited about what America could do for itself and for the world. Two years later I was the President of Rhode Island School of Design, and I thought out a lot aloud about what leadership was all about on my Twitter feed @johnmaeda. It wasn't easy for anyone to make it through the global financial crisis of 2008, and going through that experience as the leader of a major American institution founded in 1877 helped me to learn a lot about organizations, teams, finances, individuals, systems, communications, unions, traditions, possibilities, and old-fashioned hope. In order to make sense of what I was learning, I wrote Redesigning Leadership as a way to understand all that I was experiencing in my transition from a focused, lone-wolf creative individual into the amorphous, and authoritative figure of a president. Throughout all my experiences, whether at MIT or at RISD, I've tried to understand (out loud) how the mind of an artist and designer can play a role in the world of technology and in the world of society.
     As we all know now and as Lewis Mumford knew all along, technology and society are converging into one gigantic messy ball that we're still trying to understand. For that reason, my current journey in Silicon Valley is giving me a new space to use what I have been fortunate to receive from everyone who ever gave me a chance to grow. I am taking what I learned as a researcher and research lead at MIT, and what I learned as an operator and chief executive of a major institution, and I am spanning the vast ecosystem covered by Silicon Valley and San Francisco as it connects to New York and Boston. It's all still a jumble in my head, but it's slowly making sense to me. If you're curious about what I'm doing regarding design and Silicon Valley, you can sign up for my new newsletter.
     In any case, thanks for visiting this site and for clicking on some really creaky old links. Some of them still work! Regards, -JM