Location: Providence, RI Area
John Maeda became president of RISD in 2008, after serving as head of research at MIT Media Lab. He bridges design, technology, and business with backgrounds in computer science, art, and organizational leadership. He is author of The Laws of Simplicity and Redesigning Leadership — the latter expands on his Twitter account @johnmaeda, one of TIME’s “best Twitter feeds”. He serves on the boards of Sonos, Wieden+Kennedy, Quirky, and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. He has received a variety of awards for his creative work, including induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame and the National Design Award.