Automattic’s new Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion — Keynote at WordCamp RI

Keynote – John Maeda

Computational Design and Inclusion.

John Maeda has a vision and goal: that what you see and what you don’t see will work together well.  Especially when it comes to websites.  Especially when it comes to WordPress websites.  Because it’s not a case of “what you see is what you get” but rather what you don’t see determines what you will get.

Quoting from his blog, Maeda, in 1996, “co-founded the Aesthetics + Computation Group (ACG) along with a talented group of people who seamlessly bridged the wide divide that existed back then between engineers who could design and engineers who could code. ”

John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design + technology industries. He recently joined Automattic as Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion. Automattic is the company behind WordPress.

Maeda says “Being at MIT for close to 20 years shaped how I saw the world …. But it was my years leading Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) that shaped how I saw the world through artists’ and designers’ eyes.”

WordCamp RI is excited and honored that Maeda has said “yes” to our request that he be our Keynote Speaker on October 1.

Maeda previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.

WordCamp RI is being held Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1 at New England Tech in East Greenwich.  You can get tickets: