The second edition of my first book Glut, this revised and expanded version continues the to explore the deep history of the information age. Today’s “information explosion” may seem like a 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 [...]
Carnegie Mellon School of Design05/20/2022
My recently completed dissertation at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design explores the barriers that UX practitioners face in trying to incorporate long-term perspectives into their work. Drawing on more than 100 interviews and workshops with working practitioners, this research explores how UX practitioners might incorporate new methods drawn from the fields of alternative [...]
Oxford University Press06/04/2014The 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.
Cornell University Press07/13/2011The "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.
UX practice stands at a crossroads, as practitioners increasingly struggle with the escalating pressures of industrial capitalism. How might we envision alternative futures for more a post-capitalist version of UX practice?
In an increasingly metrics-driven business climate, UX practitioners face escalating pressures to deliver small-scale results. Is there a better way?
Reflections on teaching a summer course in Design Futures at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Reflections on a ten-day course in Transition Design at Schumacher College in the UK.
Recapping a workshop on the future of design education at the 2018 IxDA Education Summit in Lyon, France.