Alex Wright is a writer, researcher and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. His first book Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a penetrating and highly entertaining meditation on our information age and its historical roots." He is now at work on a new book about Paul Otlet.
Alex is currently a member of the graduate faculty at the School of Visual Arts' MFA program in Interaction Design. From 2009-2013, he was the Director of User Experience and Product Research at The New York Times, where he led UX research and design efforts for a major redesign of NYTimes.com as well as the Times' mobile apps. He also contributed regularly to the Science, Technology and Arts sections of the newspaper.
In addition to the The New York Times, Alex's writing has appeared in Salon.com, The Wilson Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, The Believer, Harvard Magazine, Utne Reader, Yankee, Think, Interactions, Boxes and Arrows, New Architect, WebTechniques, Boston Business, Design Times and Library Journal, among others.
Alex has also led research and design projects for IBM, Microsoft, The Long Now Foundation, Harvard University, the Internet Archive, and Yahoo!, among others. His work has won numerous industry awards, including a Webby, Cool Site of the Year, the PRSA Silver Anvil and an American Graphic Design Award. He is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Interaction Design.
A popular speaker and lecturer, Alex has given keynotes and invited presentations at The Long Now Foundation, Gartner Group, UC-Berkeley, the Institute of Design-Chicago, Seybold, the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit, CMP Web conferences, Association of Internet Professionals, Creating for the Web, and numerous IBM conferences.
Alex holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He has also completed graduate coursework in journalism at Harvard, and in usability engineering at UC-Berkeley.
Alex grew up in Richmond, Virginia and Sussex, England. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.
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