Selected works by John Maeda
Updated Jan 10, 2015



old-fashioned books from 2011 and way back to 2000 …





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human 2007
Human 2.0

riflemaker 2007
Maeda: MySpace.

postage 2007
USA postage finder.

darfur 2006
Darfur genocide.

xmas 2005
Desktop patterns version 3.

cartier_card 2005
Cartier e-Card.

shis30 1995
Shiseido 30th anniversary.

moneycounter 2005
Compare tax dollars spent.

peoplecounter 2005
Visualize a number of people.

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.

issey 2004
Issey Miyake-inspired illustrations.

cartier 2004
Artwork on hands for Cartier.

kami_to_computer 1996
Print and computer exhibition.

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.


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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