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Urbis long read: Bruce Mau

Before the Canadian designer and co-founder of Massive Change Network presents at the Future of the Future 2019 series in Auckland, Urbis Magazine spoke to him about his life-changing publications S,M,L,XL, Life Style and Massive Change, the capability of designers and the principles imperative to the 21st century. 

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The Spinoff: The problems of today will be solved by the tools of tomorrow

Bruce Mau believes that far from being a hopeless case, the future of the planet is in safe hands. Mau, who is speaking at the Future of the Future presented with Spark Lab on August 15, told Charles Anderson how his philosophy of looking at the world as a design problem gives him optimism for the future.


Dare to think of the welfare of the whole human race as a practical objective

In the cover story of the February edition of The Walrus, Bruce Mau explicates an enticing conundrum: Will we choose to make the world better or worse? Each is its own revolution, and possesses a magnetic pull. Nothing, though, is more exciting than a world improving itself. And that revolution of possibility is exponential. We all have the right to choose it. And if we choose it together, we’ll have seized the opportunity for a smarter greener better future.


Canadian Business Leaders Must Enable A Culture of Creativity and Collaboration to Survive In the New World of Work

"Historically, the workplace was designed to prevent communication," commented Bruce Mau, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Massive Change Network. "What we realize now is that communication flow within an organization is the most powerful creator of wealth, so we as business leaders need to find the synthesis between our physical and digital workspaces to facilitate this communication."

Photo credit: Omalola Mau

Photo credit: Omalola Mau


Bisi Williams, co-founder of Massive Change Network with Bruce Mau, shares her expert advice on how to foster change through collaboration and leading by design.


University of Iowa Pursuing Innovation Center

During a University of Iowa workshop with an international leader in design and innovation thinking, Iowa City Area Development Group President Mark Nolte in October shared a quote on social media: “When we fail to design, we design for failure.” That leader, Bruce Mau, has been on campus recently to help the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business and Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center collaborate on a new “Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation.”

Photo credit: Shalan and Paul

Photo credit: Shalan and Paul

The Eternal Optimist

Is solving humanity's most urgent problems simply a matter of good design? Jeremy Freed talks to Bruce Mau about curating an upcoming expo that explores that question on a grand scale.


Inspired and Well Attired: The EDIT Expo and Gala Needs No Corrections

An abandoned soap factory off the beaten track might not seem like the most obvious place to hold an epic installation and fabulous gala dinner, but that is exactly what the Design Exchange did to launch EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, presented by Rogers.

Photo credit: Courtesy EDIT

Photo credit: Courtesy EDIT

Shanti Bhavan features at Toronto design festival

Earlier this month, an abandoned soap factory in Toronto morphed into a living, breathing space bursting with design innovations. This 10-day festival of ideas, known as EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology—held from 28 September-8 October—was the brainchild of Design Exchange, a design museum in downtown Toronto.


Bruce Mau Is Designing Away Our Worries

Though “creative” can be an obtuse job title, in Bruce Mau’s case it’s the only word that really does his full spectrum of work justice. After starting his career in Toronto as a graphic designer, he’s gone on to serve as a magazine editor, an architecture professor, an artist, and a curator.

Photo credit: Philip Beesley

Photo credit: Philip Beesley

Six Highlights of Toronto’s Upcoming Design Festival

Toronto's Design Exchange museum's coming 10-day festival, EDIT, aims to speak to a larger part of the population, with its something-for-everyone approach. Matthew Hague looks at six highlights of the show.


Why We Love the Art We Love: Bruce Mau on the Influence of a Teacher

Globe Arts editor Jared Bland talks to designer Bruce Mau about his childhood, enterprise design and the work of one of two artists he's selected for this project, Angela Leach.


Massively Thought Provoking

If you want to know how the super-soaker water gun is shaping today's weapons or how people in the Third World can now pop a high-technology straw into a polluted stream and suck cleanwater of out of it, go see the new traveling show at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo credit: Timothy Tiebout, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photo credit: Timothy Tiebout, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bruce Mau Translates the Power of Design

I recently had a chance to speak with Bruce Mau, an eminent Canadian designer and the founder of Bruce Mau Design and the Chicago-based Massive Change Network. Mau’s work ranges from creating a museum of biodiversity to urban renewal projects in Guatemala. We discussed embracing innovation, fact-based optimism and how we’re living in a world that’s more connected and mobile than ever before.

Photo credit: David Gillespie

Photo credit: David Gillespie

Bruce Mau on Optimism and Why Designers Thrive in an Upside-Down World

By definition, design is an optimistic profession. But Bruce Mau, an Ontario-born optimist and multi-faceted design thinker, brings such a jovial, joyful mindset to collaborations with everyone from Koolhaas to Coca-Cola that the name of his organization, the Massive Change Network, seems more about hope than swagger.

Photo credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Photo credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly Art Museum recognizes Bruce Mau, visionary designer — of ideas

Every year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives its Design Excellence Award to a visionary architect or designer of things. This year the award is given to Bruce Mau, a designer of ideas.


Bruce Mau Exhibited and Honored By Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition celebrating the achievements of designer and author Bruce Mau. Opening November 21 and on until April 3, Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design encompasses a wide range of innovative work,from book and branding designs to strategies for countries, corporations and universities, as well as collaborations with filmmakers, artists and writers.


The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Opens Work On What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design

You’ve probably seen Bruce Mau’s work before, even if you didn’t know it at the time. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, this visionary artist has collaborated on branding and design for major companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Disney and MTV, as well as universities, books, cultural institutions and even countries.


Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition celebrating the achievements of a renowned designer and author. Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design encompasses a wide range of innovative work, from book and branding designs to strategies for countries, corporations, and universities, as well as collaborations with filmmakers, artists and writers.


24 Hours 2 Massive Change with Bruce Mau

To understand, just a little, about legendary designer and thinker Bruce Mau, consider for a moment this idea he touts as part of his Massive Change Network:“Contrary to popular opinion, most design is not visual.”Instead, Mau contends, “design” is a way of thinking about how “systems work, how they don’t work, and how they could be re-imagined and re-engineered to function at the highest level.” In other words: Design is about disruption.


PMA Exhibit Organized by Hiller Features Gehry collaborator

Architects design buildings and spaces, but they are dependent upon people seeing their creations and understanding their meaning and use. Bruce Mau, the subject of an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art called “Work on What You Love” demonstrates the teamwork behind architectural creativity.


Design Thinking on Exhibit

“It’s almost like when the cool kid at school likes you — and you can’t quite believe it.” That’s how Carrie Freeman Parsons, vice chair of Freeman, described the appointment of Bruce Mau, one of the world’s most influential designers, as Freeman’s chief design officer. Mau, who is a leading proponent of design thinking, has worked on projects alongside architects Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas and with clients as diverse as The Walt Disney Company and Guatemala’s minister of culture.


Bruce Mau Leads Design Brainstorm by Encouraging Leaps in Thought

Even when dressed in all black, the universal uniform of serious and somber, Bruce Mau can’t help but act the complete opposite. Frequently found laughing at jokes, many his own, the gregarious designer’s entire frame becomes animated during a recent brainstorming session, causing the corkscrews of gray curls on his head to bob. 



Bruce Mau sat on a stage in the ballroom of New York's Grand Hyatt hotel, accompanied by Marc Mathieu, a senior vice-president of Coca-Cola. The event was a design industry trade show, and this session focused on Coca-Cola's attempt to redesign its business to be more sustainable. Usually when corporate executives talk about sustainability, the challenge for listeners is to sustain interest. 


What design can do 2017

Design visionary and founder of Massive Change Network, Bruce Mau, (NL) speaking at What Design Can Do Live Amsterdam 2017. More information at


CHicago humanities festival

Since his triumphant MCA exhibition 'Massive Change,' Bruce Mau has continued to push the boundaries of design. Leaving behind his early work on branding, the creator of the iconic Zone Books charts his path from object and environment-based design to the more essential contemplation of how one engineers a sustainable, creative life. He is joined in conversation by Michael Renaud, creative director of Pitchfork.


Chicago Ideas Festival

Design is one of the world's most powerful forces, but has it become a "dark art?" Bruce Mau is shifting the paradigm on how we think about the power and promise of design.