John Maeda & The Art of Leadership | What's new in Visual Communication? |

Late afternoon sessions were over on the first day of TEDGlobal, and John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, was walking against the flow of the large and noisy crowd gathered at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Maeda and his frequent writing collaborator, a Stanford MBA and RISD executive named Becky Bermont, were looking for a quiet place to talk. They eventually found one in a windowless side hallway and invited me to join them.