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Information Anxiety offers a cure for the uneasiness most people feel daily as they're overwhelmed with facts and data pretending to be 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. ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published January 21st 1989 by DoubleDay (first published 1989)
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Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When this book came out in the 1980's it was a revelation. 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 interfaces 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 ...more
Dario Ferrando
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A must read for every designer, a should read for everybody.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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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 it would be more applicable to my current career as an information architect, I wished I would have read it while I was in the journalism world. Wurman includes some things on the news industry that made me wish
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great idea - there is TOO MUCH information to deal with in our lives. this has only become more true with the development of the internet and the 24 hour cable news stations. the question is: what does (or can) one do?

if an answer is in this book, i have not found it...
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, 2010 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. ...more
Robert Grossman
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
An interesting and influential book written in 1989 about data and information and the challenges about what we now call "big data." ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How on earth was this book written in the 1980s. So much groundbreaking information. A must read to all who struggle with information in the 21st century.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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• telltale signs of information anxiety: a checklist p 35

Perhaps the three principles closest to my heart - and the most radical - are : 1. Learning to accept your ignorance 2. Paying more attention to the question than the answer 3. Never being afraid to go in an opposite direction to find a solution. P 47

We need understanding businesses devoted to making information accessible and comprehensible; we need new ways of interpreting the data that increasingly directs our lives and new models f
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This early essay by the founder of TED Talks is bold for its time in both layout and thesis: Information smothers more than serves us. It is a welcome reminder that most of the problems we encounter today predate a democratized internet, which only catalyzed them.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional
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.
Alfredo Sherman
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design, non-fiction
Ahora entiendo por qué es un clásico para diseñadores, administradores y creativos. Tiene información que también resulta muy valiosa para cualquier ser humano que se sienta comprometido por tanta información que le rodea.

Wurman nos ofrece reflexiones sobre este tema y un modelo a seguir sobre el cual uno sería capaz de sacar el mayor provecho a la información, a enfocarse en datos relevantes hacia su vida y profesión, además de aligerar una gran carga de ansiedad que produce estar rodeado de ta
Jun 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: grown-up-books
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. ...more
Sylvia Simioni
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This book gave me information anxiety.
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“The most common definition of [the word information] is: "the action of informing; formation or molding of the mind or character, training, instruction, teaching; communication of instructive knowledge.

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. 'Information' became part of the vocabulary of the science of messages. 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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