Alex Wright

Upcoming appearances:

March 13-17, 2015


Austin, TX

June 1, 2015

Knowledge organization: From man to machine

Oslo, Norway

June 17, 2015

Poles Apart: Science and the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene

Boston, MA

July 24-26

World Future Society

San Francisco, CA

Hi there

I'm Alex Wright, a writer and researcher who lives in Brooklyn, NY. I currently work as the Director of Research at Etsy and as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts' MFA Program in Interaction Design.

I'm also the author of two books: Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age, and Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. My writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic,, The Believer, and elsewhere (see writing).

In previous lives I have worked in various capacities for The New York Times, frog design, Yahoo!, Microsoft, The Long Now Foundation, IBM, and the Internet Archive, among others (see projects). 

This site previously existed as a blog that ran in fits and starts from 1999-2014. Feel free to peruse the archive here.

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Alex Wright