John Maeda
John Maeda: Technologist and product experience leader that bridges business, engineering, design via working inclusively. Happily working at Everbridge☁️ :+).

This is what a Harvard economist warned me about a decade ago

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The Loch Ness Monster is furrealz … well, maybe not.

I think that I’m more susceptible to clickbait titles than most of my peers because I grew up in a household where The National Enquirer was one of my primary sources of news.


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Technologies that make us safer comprise the safety stack.


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2015 Design in Tech Report at SXSW https://designintech.report/2015/03/15/design-in-tech-report-2015/

I seem to have drifted away from the space of design in the last few years.


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“Sugar Cubes” (2003) from my show at Cristinerose Gallery entitled “F00D”

Whenever I start to feel my worldview shrinking, instead of thinking expansively and looking outwards, there’s a passage from David Foster Wallace’s famous “This Is Water” commencement speech that speaks out to me:


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“Digitalization” minus “Digitization” equals “tali”

My best performing piece on Medium is “How I learned what “digital transformation” truly means after waving 👋 to a couple Gs”. In that post, I discuss how the words “digitization” and “digitalization” have completely different meanings. I couldn’t figure out why this was the case. It turns out it’s the dictionary’s fault.


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It all started with a cheesequest …

I’ve never been a cheese fan, but in the days before COVID-19 I had the opportunity to visit France, home to some of the best cheeses in the world. So I did my best to adapt and tried all kinds of cheeses while I was there.


Stick figure with perpendicular vector field for hair
Stick figure with perpendicular vector field for hair
Drawing a perpendicular field of vectors is quite trivial when rendered as computer code.

I have straight hair. Extremely straight, spiky hair. It’s super rigid. And because of its rigidity, it sticks up on its own when it’s cut short.


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Hello, world! (2021) John Maeda

It’s never easy to figure out what will happen in a new year, but according to what Google’s incognito mode says to me when I search “trends for 2021,” I need to care about tech trends, home decor trends, fashion trends, and food trends to start.

Tech


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It’s just the difference of two letters, but it’s a whole different universe.

I just finished my class at MIT Sloan on digital transformation. Not teaching it, of course. Taking it.

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