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The Vision of John Maeda

As the new president of the Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda brings digital artistry—and an obsession with business—to an ultra-analog world. Here's a peek at his digital art and design.

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Digital images from Shiseido calendar series, 2005. 
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Interactive graphics for Apple, 1992. 
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A "reactive graphic" translating between cursor motion and color, 2000. 
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Excerpt of cover art for the UCLA Extension School, 2005. 
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A New York Times Magazine cover, 1999. 
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Video stills of "John Maeda: Nature," 2005. 
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Poster created for an exhibition in Tokyo at the Ginza Gallery on the theme "ecology," 2005. 
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Another video still from "John Maeda: Nature," 2005. 
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Reebok Emoretion and Struccess limited-edition sneakers, 2008. 
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Renderings of RISD's electronic bulletin boards, 2008. 
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Dots 4, measurement of concentric circles, 2000. 
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iGoogle theme, 2008. 
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Digital image of Cheetos, 2002. 
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Another image of the Reebok Emoretion and Struccess limited-edition sneakers, 2008. 
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Pointillist image composed of Campbell's soup labels, 2002. 
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Envisioning Issey Miyake for BlackBook Magazine, 2002. 
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Digital image of Jell-O, 2002. 
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Absolut Vodka ad, 2004. 
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Printed form of "The Reactive Square," 2000. 
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An image representing infinity, 2000. 
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    Digital images from Shiseido calendar series, 2005.

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    Interactive graphics for Apple, 1992.

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    A "reactive graphic" translating between cursor motion and color, 2000.

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    Excerpt of cover art for the UCLA Extension School, 2005.

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    A New York Times Magazine cover, 1999.

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    Video stills of "John Maeda: Nature," 2005.

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    Poster created for an exhibition in Tokyo at the Ginza Gallery on the theme "ecology," 2005.

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    Another video still from "John Maeda: Nature," 2005.

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    Reebok Emoretion and Struccess limited-edition sneakers, 2008.

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    Renderings of RISD's electronic bulletin boards, 2008.

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    Dots 4, measurement of concentric circles, 2000.

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    iGoogle theme, 2008.

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    Digital image of Cheetos, 2002.

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    Another image of the Reebok Emoretion and Struccess limited-edition sneakers, 2008.

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    Pointillist image composed of Campbell's soup labels, 2002.

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    Envisioning Issey Miyake for BlackBook Magazine, 2002.

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    Digital image of Jell-O, 2002.

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    Absolut Vodka ad, 2004.

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    Printed form of "The Reactive Square," 2000.

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    An image representing infinity, 2000.