Part philosophy, part cultural study, part exploration of the future of Information Architecture, this is one strange book. In it, Morville examines the nature of information and the deeply interconnected spaces in which it resides. Along the way he shows how culture, though seldom discussed, affects everything we do. He looks at the limits of what we’re able to understand, notes the rarely exposed assumptions that underpin our ideas, and reminds us that certainty is the enemy of creativity. This is a book filled with wisdom not only for IA practice, but for life. It’s short, but I could it read many times before absorbing its lessons.
Personal highlight of 2014: In October I was lucky enough to spend six solo days in New York City, one of my favourite places to visit. Before travelling I decided that I would not spend my entire time rushing madly about trying to do all the things. Instead, I promised myself I would spend part of every day just sitting and looking and sketching what I saw. No screen between me and the world. Just paper and pen and eyes. On a rainy Saturday morning I spent two glorious hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art staring at Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses and making my own sketch with pencils and markers. Such a privilege to spend time with this master work, to really see the brush strokes, and to think about how the painting was constructed. I was also lucky enough to complete my sketch before security told me “No markers allowed!” But that’s another story.