Design

"RISD is MIT for the right brain," says John Maeda

OB-CF216_EDAI14_NS_20080901183356.jpgOn the eve of his inauguration as president of the Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda gave a wide-ranging interview to Dominique Browning in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Among the Maeda-isms:

“I want to reform technology. All the tools are the same; people make the same things with them. Everyone asks me, ‘Are you bringing technology to RISD?’ I tell them, no, I’m bringing RISD to technology.”

“Companies know that they can’t get any further with their left-brain processing; they are dying to engage the right brain. Artists change how we see the world — and that can have value in the way people do business.”

“A designer is someone who constructs while he thinks, someone for whom planning and making go together.”

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Illustration: Ismael Roldan