I was introduced to Richard Saul Wurman (RSW) through his Access Guidebook series, the first of which appeared in 1980.
For me he is the epitome of the information architect – defined on the cover of his book Information architects how:
1. The person who organizes the patterns inherent in the data and makes the complex clear.
2. A person who creates the structure or map of information that enables others to find their personal path to knowledge.
3. The emerging professional activity of the 21st century that addresses the needs of the age focused on clarity, human understanding and the science of organizing information. “
He simply says of the Access series: “I couldn’t find a good travel guide, so I made one” and characterizes it as “A roadmap from ignorance to knowledge”.
That is why he seems to be concerned, he has spent a lifetime learning what interests him (and finding out what might interest him). That could explain why he is probably better known as the founder of the TED conference. I would appreciate through TED that it has had an immense impact on the thinking of the world.
Here are some pages from many Access Guidebooks …
Mr. Wurman describes himself as “aggressively charming”. Debbie Millman found this out …
The TED conferences are legendary. The quality of the ideas presented year after year has attracted an impressive collection of speakers and participants …
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