I'm Alex Wright, Director of Research at Etsy and instructor at the School of Visual Arts' MFA Program in Interaction Design.
I'm also the author of a couple of 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, Salon.com and elsewhere (see writing).
In previous lives I have worked on various projects 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 lasted in fits and starts from 1999-2014. Feel free to peruse the archive here.