Richard Saul Wurman is a prolific writer, architect and designer, as well as the founder of the immensely popular TED Talks. Prompted by a cross-country move to L.A. in the late 1970s and the disorientation that followed, Wurman created the first ACCESS guidebook, using graphics, maps, and walking tours organized by neighborhood, that would help orient any visitor. Over the next twenty years he published over twenty more ACCESS guidebooks on both US and international cities. These were books that illuminated the best image of the city for the weary traveler, providing insights for experiencing the city that might otherwise have been easily missed. The design of his books was of such high quality that a number are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Article author: Louis Lawton Thomas