Christian Long

John Maeda: His Journey On Design

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Reflection by AMBER W.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

John Maeda:  His Journey On Design

Throughout John Maeda’s TED Talk, he literally takes his audience through his personal journey on design. Reading the comments by other viewers, many have a negative reaction in response to his talk calling it horrible and uninspiring. These people seem to have judged too quickly, not looking deeper into the video and understanding the talk from an artists’ perspective.

“So anyways, there are all these things you can do, but the thing I love the most is to experience, taste the world. The world is just so tasty. We think we’ll go to a museum; that’s where all the tastes are. No, they’re all out there.”

John Maeda doesn’t necessarily deliver a riveting speech, but people need to have a level of respect for all TED speakers including John Maeda.

In my perspective, it seems John Maeda is simply full or curiosity and he wants to share that curiosity with everyone. He knows there is so much to discover in the world through hidden potential and throughout his speech he mentions so many of his steps to becoming what he is today.

Being in an art class, I feel that I can relate to John Maeda. Do artists and designers see things through different points of view? Through their hands they create what they see and so many great artists can generate incredible pieces of artwork that gets others to think and pursue their potential. John Maeda wants his audience to experience this kind of passion he as an artist has for anything and everything.

Besides, what is the world without curiosity?

My favorite part of the video is at 16:11 exactly. It is the picture of the writing on the brick wall, RISD is ______. I love this because RISD stands for Rhode Island School of Design, an art school obviously. Take out RISD and put art. Art is ______.

The possibilities are endless and without any restrictions, agreed?


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