Alex Wright

Upcoming appearances:

Sept 14-15, 2017

Google SPAN

Pittsburgh PA

Sept 18-20, 2017

UX Strat

Boulder CO

Sept 22-23, 2017

Information and Humanities

Penn State, PA

Hi there

I'm Alex Wright, a writer, designer and researcher in Brooklyn, New York. I currently work as Senior Director of User Experience at Etsy and as a doctoral candidate at Carnegie-Mellon School of Design.

I'm also the author of two 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,, The Believer, and elsewhere (see writing).

In previous lives I have worked in various capacities 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 ran in fits and starts from 1999-2014. Feel free to peruse the archive here.

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Alex Wright