Hi there

I’m Alex Wright, a writer, researcher and designer based in Brooklyn, New York.

I currently work as Senior Director of User Experience at Etsy, and am enrolled as a doctoral student at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. I’ve also written a couple of books, some newspaper and magazine articles and a bunch of other stuff.

More about me.

Recent writing

Books

Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages
Cornell University Press
13/07/2011
The "information explosion" may seem like an acutely modern phenomenon, but we are not the first generation―or even the first species―to wrestle with the problem of information overload. Long before the advent of computers, human beings were collecting, storing, and organizing information: from Ice Age taxonomies to Sumerian archives, Greek libraries to Dark Age monasteries.
Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age
Oxford University Press
04/06/2014
The dream of capturing and organizing knowledge is as old as history. From the archives of ancient Sumeria and the Library of Alexandria to the Library of Congress and Wikipedia, humanity has wrestled with the problem of harnessing its intellectual output. The timeless quest for wisdom has been as much about information storage and retrieval as creative genius.