John Maeda is an American technologist and leads the world's largest all-distributed design team at Automattic where he is Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion. Previously Maeda served as Partner at Kleiner Perkins, a world-leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. Maeda’s work explores the area where business, design, and technology merge — with his findings shared annually in the Design in Tech Report at SXSW.
“Maeda is to design what Warren Buffett is to finance.” – Wired Magazine.
Maeda serves on the Board of Directors for wireless hi-fi innovator Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group, and is an investor in a variety of design-led technology startups. He was advisor to John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc., and facilitated the advancement of eBay Inc.’s design culture at scale — becoming a Stanford GSB case study on change management. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Maeda is the recipient of the White House’s National Design Award, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Clayton Christensen Disruptive Innovation Award for STEM to STEAM, the Blouin Foundation’s Creative Leadership Award, the AIGA Medal, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize, the Mainichi Design Prize, the Tokyo Type Director’s Club Prize, and induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Drexel University, Simon Fraser University, and Maryland Institute College of Art.