Pete and Joe are co-founders of MAYA Design, a consulting firm and research lab where Mickey is president and CEO. They’ve been helping clients solve complex technology and design problems for over 20 years, climbing up PC Peak and now, looking out onto Trillions Mountain. With a keen interest in the future of information, they’ve also been conducting internally funded research into the next technology wave. Pete, Joe, and Mickey are scouts into the future of computing, and Trillions is a field guide to what they’ve seen.
Dr. Peter Lucas is founding principal at MAYA Design, which he cofounded in 1989. He is also adjunct associate professor of Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a PhD from Cornell University, where he studied educational and cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He served on the Committee on Networked Systems of Embedded Computers of the National Research Council.
Joe Ballay is former head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and a founding principal of MAYA Design. An interdisciplinarian, he holds an MFA in design from Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois, and a BS in industrial management from Carnegie Institute of Technology. He has taught design at universities throughout the world, including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Samsung Design Institute in Seoul, and Lund University in Sweden.
Mickey McManus is president and CEO of MAYA Design. He holds a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois, with extended studies in communication design and mathematics. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of design, pervasive computing, and business innovation.
The book also features contributions from a few other distinguished MAYAns (that’s what you call someone who works at MAYA). Check out the guest authors’ bios below: