RSW Biography Project Booklet

Click here or on the image below for a PDF that you can fold into a mini-booklet

21. October 2021 by dan
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World IA Day Egypt 2021 Keynote

09. August 2021 by dan
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Richard Saul Wurman’s 5 Lives
I’m writing the biography of Richard Saul Wurman. Some of my work in progress is available through a blog I update intermittently.

Architecture And Lou Are One
Long-form interview with Richard Saul Wurman — appears as the first chapter of the Reader’s Guide to the forthcoming facsimile edition of The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn. Publishes in Fall 2021

In Search of: Masterworks of Information Architecture
Book chapter I contributed to an edited volume from Springer in 2021 called Advances in Information Architecture.

Afterword: In Conversation With Richard Saul Wurman
Closing piece from the 2021 Springer book on IA. An edited excerpt from a conversation I conducted with RSW as part of the research for his biography

Information Architecture and Sacred Space
A writeup of what happened in Winter Term 2021 in the IA course I teach at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Einmal Ist Keinmal
A long essay on the work of Christopher Alexander, and the pole-shift in my teaching and in my practice that came about through visits I fanaggled to see his projects in Tokyo, Seattle, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Jose, Lake Travis, West Dean, and West Sussex.

An Opposite Truth
In UX design, the first principle we teach students is you are not your user. It’s a ripe axiom, and I’ve found that its opposite is also true.

In Search Of The Architecture Part of Information Architecture
I was invited to give the closing keynote talk at the Information Architecture Summit in Vancouver in 2017, and instead I read this piece of writing into a microphone. It was a bad speech, but it’s a good essay.

03. May 2020 by dan
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Abstract and Excerpt from Dutch Uncles, Ducks and Decorated Sheds

Please feel free to purchase the chapter I wrote for Reframing Information Architecture. I assure you I receive exactly zero dollars for each $40 PDF.

Abstract: On what basis can and ought one assess the relative merits of a given work of information architecture? In 2009, Jesse James Garrett pointed to the non- existence of such a normative theory and the community of practice’s consequent inability to indicate “what good means” as evidence that information architecture is not a proper discipline. Garrett’s rallying cry was for a wholesale reframing of that community in terms of User Experience Design, with human engagement as its center. In this chapter, I draw from the work of architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi to counter-propose a co-occurring reframing of the mostly-digital sense- and place-making work of information architecture in the normative terms of architecture, where the appropriate interplay of meaning and structural form com- prises the basis of what good means.

07. August 2014 by dan
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Now Available: Reframing Information Architecture Book

Reframing Information ArchitectureI just ordered a copy of Reframing Information Architecture, a new academic textbook style publication from Springer edited by Andrea Resmini.  The book compiles work originally presented in a pre-conference workshop in Baltimore for the IA Summit.  It features chapters written by yours truly, Andrew Hinton, Flavia Lacerda, Terence Fenn (et al.), Duane Degler, Sally Burford, David Fiorito, Roberto Maggi, David Peter Simon and Luca Rosati (et al.).

07. August 2014 by dan
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Louis Kahn and Alan Watts On Wonder



15. June 2014 by dan
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New Short Nonfiction: Landing Clean

Landing Clean is a new write-up of a story I’ve told a few times but never before thought to capture in any particular words.

29. October 2013 by dan
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Poster for Information Architecture Summit 2013

06. April 2013 by dan
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A Model for Understanding Information Architecture: Ontology, Taxonomy and Choreography

An excerpt from a workshop I gave at The Understanding Group in Ann Arbor on March 7, 2013.

10. March 2013 by dan
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Keynote for AIA Michigan Annual Meeting

Re-introducing: The Architecture of Information
An idea that failed to become a Big Deal in the AIA in 1976, its roots in the workshop of Louis Kahn, and why it matters now more than ever.

Video I captured from the podium (audio is a little iffy)

In 1977, Richard Saul Wurman shuttered his failing architecture practice and moved to Los Angeles. By the mid 80s, he’d invented the TED conference series, redesigned the PacBell Yellow Pages and was publisher of a revolutionary series of travel guidebooks. These innovation were based quite specifically on the concepts he learned from Lou Kahn in the 1960s and which he introduced as “information architecture” as chairman of the AIA national meeting in 1976.

In 60 richly-illustrated minutes, Wurman scholar and practicing information architect Dan Klyn shares the story of the 1976 AIA national meeting, the invention of information architecture, and the ways that the work of Wurman and fellow Kahnian Robert Venturi continue to demonstrate the extraordinary power of architecture to create and shape the meaning of place and space.

20. September 2012 by dan
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