RISD's John Maeda honoured with 2010 AIGA Medal

09 April 2010
New York (United States) – AIGA has named John Maeda, President of RISD, as one of three recipients of its 2010 AIGA Medals. The AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.
New York (United States) – AIGA has named John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as one of three recipients of its 2010 AIGA Medals. The AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. Medals have been awarded since 1920 for contributions to the practice of design, teaching, writing or leadership of the profession in the United States. Maeda receives the honour with Steve Frykholm and Jennifer Morla.

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanising technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to integrate technology, education and the arts into a 21st-century synthesis of creativity and innovation. Maeda became president of RISD in June 2008.

At RISD, Maeda seeks to champion the necessary role that artists and designers play in the 21 century creative economy. He sees the traditional, hand-crafted techniques that are fundamental to a RISD education as increasingly relevant in a overly-digital world, as people seek to reconnect with what is real and authentic. As President, he seeks to connect RISD to the political, economic, social and business spheres where artists and designers will make a difference, and has prioritized fundraising for scholarships to ensure the broadest possible access to a RISD education.

A former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Maeda taught media arts and sciences there for 12 years and served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. Maeda's early work redefined the use of electronic media as a tool for expression by combining skilled computer programming with sensitivity to traditional artistic concerns. He has published four books; his most recent, The Laws of Simplicity, has been translated into 14 languages. In 2008 Maeda was named one of the 75 most influential people of the twenty-first century by Esquire magazine.

A native of Seattle, Maeda earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT, followed by a PhD in Design Science from the University of Tsukuba Institute of Art and Design in Japan and an MBA from Arizona State University.



About Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

As one of the world's preeminent college of art and design, RISD educates extraordinary individuals to become engaged citizens of the world. The studio-based education RISD has offered since 1877 prepares graduates to excel in the fields of art, architecture, design and art education.

RISD is a member of the Icograda Education Network (IEN). In 2003, Professor Maeda was a featured speaker at VISUALOGUE, the Icograda World Design Congress in Nagoya (Japan).
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