Thursday, April 21, 2011

Journal Entry 11

Design Matters
Debbie Millman is partner and president of the design division of Sterling Brands, a leading brand identity firm. She is president of AIGA, and chair of the School of Visual Arts' master's program in Branding. She is a contributing editor to Print magazine and host of the podcast "Design Matters." She wrote How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer, The Essential Principles of Graphic Design, and Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design.

Design Matters: John Maeda

John Maeda (born 1966 in Seattle, Washington) is a computer scientist and graphic designer , university professor, and author. His work in design and technology explores the area where the two fields merge. He is the current President of the Rhode Island School of Design At RISD, Maeda seeks to champion the necessary role that artists and designers play in the 21st century creative economy.

In his interview, he talks about his parents and how he was raised. He first realized that he needed to become and artist when he was a junior at MIT. He would make icons in his classes and receive praise for such things. He then realized that he would be much better off in art school. He found a book written by Paul Rand and become inspired to achieve such great heights in design.

I was interested in his discussion of his approach to design. The way he was hooked onto design is much more technologically based compared to how I was. I was turned onto graphic design from more of an artistic stand-point, so I found this interview very intriguing.

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