UX in AI with a LEAD

Yesterday, thanks to Rick McGuire, I had the opportunity to listen to John Maeda to talk about UX in AI. But here, I will talk about his LEAD framework. I personally enjoyed listening to him, as recently I visited RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), where he was president between 2008-2013, and I could see him doing that too very well (also I could just listen to him talking about, like, anything – I even told him if he ever does standups comedy, let me know, I’d be first in line to get a ticket :D).

In the world of design, innovation and creativity are essential, but so is the responsibility to create with purpose and ethics. The LEAD framework, created by John Meade, draws inspiration from the culinary world’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat cookbook by Samin Nosrat. This unique framework champions design that is Light, Ethical, Accessible, and Dataful, setting a new standard for creative processes.

The LEAD Framework


Light design focuses on simplicity and elegance, stripping away unnecessary complexities. It’s about finding the essence of a design and letting it shine.
Meade’s approach encourages designers to create with a light environmental footprint, promoting sustainability in their work.

Ethical design emphasizes social responsibility. It calls for designers to consider the impact of their work on individuals and communities.
Meade’s advocacy for ethical design aligns with the principles of fairness, inclusivity, and transparency, ensuring that design serves the greater good.

Accessible design is all about breaking down barriers. It ensures that design is available and usable by people of all abilities and backgrounds.
John Meade’s commitment to accessibility ensures that design reaches and benefits the widest possible audience.

Dataful design leverages the power of data and analytics to inform and improve the creative process. It’s about making design decisions based on evidence.
Meade encourages designers to embrace data-driven insights to refine and enhance their work.

John Meade’s LEAD framework represents a powerful approach to design that prioritizes simplicity, ethics, accessibility, and data-driven decision-making. His visionary leadership at RISD has not only elevated the institution but has also had a profound impact on the broader world of art and design. As designers continue to seek meaningful ways to create and innovate, the LEAD framework serves as a guiding light, ensuring that creativity is aligned with purpose and responsibility.

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