EuroIA 2015

Madrid, 24 – 26 September


Closing Plenary Friday

A talk by Alex Wright

Utopian Information Architectures

While IA has only come into its own as a profession in the past twenty years, the roots of the field run deep. In this talk author and UX researcher Alex Wright will take us on a tour of the forgotten history of networked information spaces in the pre-Internet era, touching on the work of early European visionaries like Paul Otlet, H.G. Wells, and Emanuel Goldberg — and exploring what their discarded hypotheses might yet teach us about the future of information architecture in an emerging, post-capitalist world.

Alex Wright is the Director of Research at Etsy and a professor of interaction design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Previously, he has worked in various capacities for The New York Times, Harvard University, IBM, Yahoo!, The Long Now Foundation and the Internet Archive, among others. He is also the author of two books on the history of information: Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age, and Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a penetrating and highly entertaining meditation on the information age and its historical roots.” Alex’s writing on business, technology and design has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic,, The Believer, and other publications.

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