“Maeda is to design what Warren Buffett is to finance.”

—Wired Magazine

American technologist and product experience leader. Early catalyst for generative art and computational design for cultural + commercial applications across Web2 and Web3.

History Of Roles

  1. — Professor at MIT Media Lab 
  2. — President/CEO of RISD
  3. — Partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins
  4. — Board member of Sonos
  5. — Board member of Wieden + Kennedy
  6. — Leadership at Automattic
  7. — Leadership at Publicis Sapient 
  8. — Board member Cooper Hewitt
  9. — Chief Technology Officer at Everbridge 

Past innovation advisor to eBay/PayPal, Google, Samsung, P&G, Philips, Sony and a variety of startups/non-profits.

In The Creative Space

  • — Led STEAM movement in US Congress 
  • — Solo exhibitions NY, London, Tokyo, Paris
  • — Footwear + streetwear line for Reebok
  • — Furniture + lighting for Sawaya y Moroni
  • — Author of several celebrated books: How to Speak Machine, The Laws of Simplicity, Redesigning Leadership
  • — Permanent collection MoMA
  • — Permanent collection Cartier Foundation
  • — Independent annual research reports @SXSW since 2015 covering trends in technology, business, and design

Education / Honors

BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, MBA from Arizona State University, a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan, and honorary doctorate degrees from Drexel University, Simon Fraser University, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Earned 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 the induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame.