A follow up to the first edition, Information Anxiety 2 teaches critical lessons for functioning in today’s Information Age. In this new book, Wurman examines how. Wurman identifies a special ailment of this age of communicationsso-called “ information anxiety,” caused, in his view, by an overwhelming flood of data, much . Information Anxiety is produced by the ever-widening gap between what we understand and what we think we should understand. It is the black hole between .

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Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman. Information Anxiety offers a cure for the uneasiness most people feel daily as they’re overwhelmed with facts and data pretending to informatio useful information.

With simple, creative guidance, this book teaches readers how to learn what they want to learn from the media and other communication sources. Hardcoverpages. Published January 21st by DoubleDay first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Information Anxietyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. When this book came out in the ‘s it was a revelation.

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Wurman’s groundbreaking ideas of information architecture became the gold standard of design and laid the groundwork for the massive onslaught of data and user iformation we experience every day.

We don’t necessarily realize it, but every time we insert a DVD, visit a website, or walk up to an information kiosk we are experiencing good or bad user interface which relies on information architecture.

The irony of this book is that to read When this book came out in the ‘s it infoemation a revelation. The irony of this book is that to read it today is to experience the time gap between the eighties and the aughties. It’s laid out as if you should flip through and find what you need – but you can’t.

The sidebars aren’t very helpful, the humor is pretty corny, and the ideas have been expanded into all four dimensions as the web and computers have introduced depth and time-based navigation to user interface design. Still, Wurman exists as the Godfather of information architecture and his TED conferences are the vanguard of futurism.

His groundbreaking book, however, now appears quaintly outdated. Oct 26, Kevin Laprocino rated it really liked it. In an age of mis-information data overload, Richard Saul Wurman is the first infotmation coin the term “Information Architect”.


You can tell he is a man who is truly on a lonely path toward understanding.

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This book is a great reference for seeking understanding and get away from Iformation Anxiety. Jul 22, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: It’s difficult to read this now and imagine just how groundbreaking it was when it came out.

To be certain, it’s much better and more interesting than Information Anxiety 2, but I can’t consider it a really great book reading it now. What I found most interesting was that while I thought anxieth would be more applicable to my current career as an information architect, I wished Wurrman would have read it while I was in the journalism world.

Wurman includes some things on the news industry that made me wish It’s difficult to read this now and imagine just how groundbreaking it was when it came out.

Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman

Wurman includes some things on the news industry that made me wish he had made an attempt to actually interview more people in the news industry, particularly newspapers.

But, he has some very interesting takes on being a news consumer that mostly outweighed his ignorance. One final annoyance — in informatuon book titled “Information Anxiety,” I found that the quotes and other bits strewn all over the margins made it difficult for me to decide whether to follow the main linear text or break off and read the quotes.

Reading this book actually made me more wruman than most others I’ve read. At least, I suppose, I had the tools to sal it. The author discusses the feelings of anxiety and stress that can present themselves when we are constantly bombarded by information at a speed to fast to process it all.

At the time it was written, the format of this book was really fresh. Mar 27, Emily rated it liked it. This book makes some thought-provoking points, but I found it really hard to read straight through.

Apparently that’s intentional, and you’re supposed to skip around. Some of it also seems really dated now, although quite a bit is still relevant. Jul 01, Robert Grossman informatioon it really liked it Shelves: An interesting and influential book written in about data and information and the challenges about what we now call “big data.

Aug 25, Mjaballah rated it it was amazing.

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How on earth was this book written in the s. So much groundbreaking information. A must read to all who struggle with information in the 21st century. Mar 31, Dario Ferrando rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must read for every designer, a should read for everybody.

Feb 28, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this originally as part of my doctoral program in instructional technology. It is a great book and well worth reading for anyone involved in education, technology or marketing. Feb 16, Alfredo Sherman rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 10, Treasure rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I skimmed for roughly two minutes and I about threw up. I think the format is obnoxious and overwhelming on purpose, to be ironic or make a point or something, but it sucked and I couldn’t get past it to actually try and absorb what he was talking about.


Apr 02, Sylvia Simioni rated it liked it. This book gave me information anxiety. Dave rated it liked it May 13, Lakkun rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Rayleen Mace rated it really liked it Feb 10, Kira rated it really liked it Oct 09, Steve Walker rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Jasmine Trinidad rated it liked it Sep 05, David rated it really liked it Jan 15, Jodee rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Val rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Lax rated it it was amazing Aug 21, Rica rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Theresa Alimi rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Keith rated it really liked it Apr 08, Lisa rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Stella Lee rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Ornela rated it did not like it Dec 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

About Richard Saul Wurman. Books by Richard Saul Wurman. Trivia About Information Anxiety. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Information Anxiety. This definition remained fairly constant until the years immediately following World War II, when it came in vogue to use ‘information’ as a technological term to define anything that was sent over an electric or mechanical channel.

And, suddenly, the appellation could be applied to something that didn’t necessarily have to inform. This definition was extrapolated to general usage as something told or communicated, whether or not it made sense to the receiver. Now, the freedom engendered by such an amorphous definition has, as you might expect, encouraged its liberal deployment. It has become the single most important word of our decade, the suspense of our lives and our work.

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