Paul Kahn

Experience Design Director, Mad*Pow

Mad*Pow

Paul has been working professionally with digital information for many years, specializing in large information problems. The name for what he does keeps changing ­ hypertext research, information design, digital design, information architecture, user experience ­ but whatever we call it, the work always has the same focus: shaping and designing collections of digital information to improve user experience. He looks for the difference that makes a difference, the threshold of acceptance, the patterns that connect people to the information they need.

Paul joined Mad*Pow after a decade working in the design community of Paris, France. He created the first agency in France focused on information architecture and taught the subject in several professional masters programs. His portfolio includes clients in the biomedical field, literary publishers, large cultural institutions and international corporations in the US and Europe. On both sides of the Atlantic he has been a thought-leader in his field, developing many of the visualization techniques used in information architecture practice through his collaborations with Krzysztof Lenk (with whom he co-founded Dynamic Diagrams in Providence RI).  Whether he is playing with computers or not, Paul is a writer, a reader of books and a traveler. He writes scientific and design books, journal articles and conference papers, as well as poetry, fiction and essays on visual art and literature.

November 17, 2014

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