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Issue 2 Interview with John Maeda, Global Head of Design at Automattic


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with John Maeda

John Maeda is a world-renowned design leader who has inspired me for years. Currently, he serves as the Global Head of Design & Inclusion at Automattic. In 9 minutes, John shares with me what he wishes he would’ve learned earlier as a leader.

Transcript of the interview here


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