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Masters of Design 2008

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.

Digital images from Shiseido calendar series, 2005.

A version of this article appeared in the October 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.