John Maeda has been appointed as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ first design partner. Mr. Maeda joins KPCB from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he was president since 2008. In his capacity as design partner, Mr. Maeda will work with KPCB’s entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to help them build design DNA into their company cultures. He will lead the firm’s Design Council, a group of preeminent designers across the industry. Mr. Maeda will also support the firm’s efforts around the KPCB Design Fellows program, which nurtures the next-generation of design talent in technology.