Wednesday, September 03, 2008
When word got out in June that John Maeda would become the 16th President of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), many thoughts crossed my mind, such as the man is a legend when it comes to graphic designs, computer technology and as an educator.
Maeda's work at MIT since 1996, saw him manage relationships with over 60 industrial organizations that partnered with the MIT Media Lab. His digital media design work is a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
Again, a legendary man during these times of emerging technology but he's big on embracing the "human factor.
When Maeda is inaugurated on September 12th at the First Baptist Church in Providence next week, he will become the first college or university President to have designed a pair of sneakers that many sneakerheads have placed highly on their "holy grail" list.
The Reebok x Maeda sneakers, aptly dubbed the "Timetanium, featured the Reebok Ventilator with original designs from Maeda's original mathematic algorithms and computer codes. The interior lining of the Timetanium reflects the complexity of this process, with the original, hand-written calculations by Maeda, printed on the lining and insoles.