As making itself takes on new cultural currency, it is an important moment to consider why we are driven to make, and why we make what we do. At Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), students make questions, ideas, and objects that define a new form of critical thinking – an interactive dialogue between mind and hand that we call “critical making.” Like the artistic process itself, it is deeply introspective, passionate, and often provocative
Many of us hope to change the world—or another person’s perspective—with the things we make. In this talk, John Maeda explores how RISD’s critical making (back when he was still President of that School) helps bring us closer to these aspirations.
“Art of Critical Making” talk
About John Maeda
John Maeda is Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, where he works KPCB’s entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013, during which time RISD saw increased applications, fundraising, and career placements. Prior to RISD, Maeda spent 13 years at the MIT Media Lab as a professor and head of research. His career bridging the intersections of graphic design, computer science, art, education, and leadership earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire.
Maeda chairs the eBay Design Advisory Council, serves on the boards of the wireless hi-fi company Sonos and the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. His books include The Laws of Simplicity; Creative Code; and Redesigning Leadership, which expands on his Twitter feed at @johnmaeda, one of TIME Magazine‘s 140 Best Twitter Feeds. He has received a variety of international awards for his creative work, including induction to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame and the White House’s National Design Award.