Design operates in a symbiotic relationship with development. State-of-the-art engineering benefits from visual translation, and beautiful interfaces require hard-working code. Few designers understand this marriage better than John Maeda, whose credentials also include technologist, executive, and most recently, head of computational design at website-maker Automattic. Maeda addresses the shifting dynamics between design and development in his annual Design in Tech Report. This year’s edition gives Material Design high praise, calling it “the design tool with the greatest impact”—and as always, provides a zeitgeisty snapshot of the design industry at large. It’s against this backdrop that Material Design Creative Director Rachel Been sat down to chat with Maeda about where design is headed, and why the future belongs to agile creative leaders.