these days i’m focused on my thesis and reading lots of stuff on information design. wurman is an important reference too and i wanted to share it obviously. it’s an old interview but i still find it very nourishing. wurman’s thoughts about clarity of information, its dissemination, how to find and conceive information are just inspiring.
What is critical is to understand what it is like not to understand. My definition of learning is to remember what you are interested in. If you don’t remember something, you haven’t learned it, and you are never going to remember something unless you are interested in it. These words dance together. ‘Interest’ is another holy word and drives ‘memory’. Combine them and you have learning. If that is so, and I believe it is, then our entire system of education is bankrupt because what is taught to you is not what you are interested in, and it is not taught to you in a method that can accentuate the interest so you build up a whole fibrous web of learning for yourself. Not an interest you have that doesn’t connect with everything else in the world. So why not go in through your interests? But that is not how our school systems are set up. You memorize things you are not interested in, throw them up on a test, and then you forget them.
i think those who are interested in information design (information architecture in wurman’s terminology) should know and read about wurman and it also should be a necessary reading along with famously referenced tufte (respect).