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.
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.
— dan klyn (@danklyn) August 6, 2014
I 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.).
— Red Beard (@AhSinistrah) January 19, 2013
The highest to which man can attain is wonder; and if the prime phenomenon makes him wonder, let him be content.
— Alan Watts (@AlanWattsDaily) June 16, 2014
I love Alan Watts. Stay in awe of the world around you✶ pic.twitter.com/ovMiSWAqHX
— ☽lucy☾ (@psychedeliaaa) June 15, 2014
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.
An excerpt from a workshop I gave at The Understanding Group in Ann Arbor on March 7, 2013.
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.
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.
As quoted in Brownlee and De Long, Louis I Kahn, 177.
I think architects should be composers and not designers. They should be composers of elements. The elements are things that are entities in themselves”