eBay announced recently that John Maeda, the former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has joined the company as the chairman of a newly-created Design Advisory Board.
Earlier this year, Maeda helped to spearhead a campaign to add art to the educational focus of science, technology, engineering and math. He said that design can help address complex issues and aid in the response to new challenges.
“With good design less equals more,” Maeda said. “It started with the iPod. Now we can buy as much or as little tech as we want. Less equals more because design balances the desire for technology and the utility of technology. Therefore, technology is now less important. It makes design more visible and helps to balance between wanting more and less.”
Maeda, who will report directly to eBay CEO John Donahoe, will help drive design innovation in commerce to create step-change in eBay products. He originally joined RISD in 2008 and served as an associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. He serves on the boards of Sonos, Quirky and Wieden+Kennedy, as well as on the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership.