Design has become a "game changer" in Silicon Valley, according to a report by former Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda, who says that designers are becoming essential to the success of tech companies.
"We want to do in our palm, while walking, what we used to do on a big screen while sitting down at a desk. The interaction design challenges presented by that shift are huge," it said.
I had the pleasure of meeting John Maeda, while I was attending Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. He walked into our conference room during a graduate class lecture and pointed his finger at me, saying "Are you going to vote?", refering to proposed student initiatives which he was enacting soon after becoming RISD's president.