Hi there

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

I currently work by day at Etsy and moonlight as a grad student at Carnegie Mellon School of Design. I’ve also written a couple of books, a bunch of articles, and give occasional talks.

More about me.

Recent writing

Books

Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age
Oxford University Press
06/04/2014
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.
Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages
Cornell University Press
07/13/2011
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.