Maeda Talks Shop

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Another bit we read on the road that you might have missed. It’s an interview over at Wired with MIT’s John Maeda, running in relation to his appearance at the TED conference. Some nice quotes therein, like:

I like stuff designed by dead people. The old designers. They always got it right because they didn’t have to grow up with computers. All of the people that made the spoon and the dishes and the vacuum cleaner didn’t have microprocessors and stuff. You could do a good design back then.

I think if you’re a young designer now, you’ve got the internet and you’ve got screens all over the place — it’s awful hard. Technology is just so powerful now. You can do so much with so little. You can shove it into the size of a quarter. For designers to design great objects where technology is concerned, that’s hard.