John Maeda’s Nerdy* Nineties Designs

While many people’s talents lie in one or two areas, John Maeda’s cross boundaries to encompass design, engineering, writing, public speaking, and executive leadership. He attributes his success to the help of other people along the way, and to a personal attribute described in a fortune cookie: “The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

In the video below, recorded at Adobe MAX 2018, Maeda takes you on a tour of code-driven design exercises he conducted in the 1990s. Most of them won’t run on modern computers—be prepared for vintage interfaces that seem charmingly primitive today—but they remain fascinating examples of exploration, experimentation, and doing what’s hard just because you can.

Click the above image to watch “Aesthetics + Computation: When Design Goes Retro.”

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* "Nerdy" is a high compliment in our books.

November 1, 2018