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Podcast Ep 30: Shaping Our Future With John Maeda, Design Legend

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Shaping Our Future With John Maeda, Design Legend

We celebrate our podcast’s first birthday with John Maeda, design legend, technologist, artist, and the global head of design and inclusion of Automattic, the company that basically runs every website you visit. We discuss optimism, hope, and how to make a radical vision of inclusion a reality: basically, everything that sustains us and you. How will you shape the future?

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Amy + John in the studio. Amy. Is. Pumped.

John Maeda’s Advice To Young Mash-Ups:

This feeling of discomfort you have: If you can live with it your entire life, you’ll be unusually successful. Because you have to survive somehow. For those of you on autopilot, you don’t have to work that hard. That’s why I’ve changed fields a lot, because once I know how to do something, I lose interest. And you don’t grow. So I’d say it’s good you don’t fit in.

Jams For John

Listen to “Shaping Our Future With John Maeda” and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or on your favorite audio app like Stitcher or TuneIn. Or just keep coming right back here.

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This podcast is produced by American Public Media and Southern California Public Radio, KPCC. It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how the NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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