Design Matters with RICHARD SAUL WURMAN

Published on 2017-12-16
Richard Saul Wurman, photographed at the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding Studio by Emily Weiland.
Richard Saul Wurman, photographed at the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding Studio by Emily Weiland.

Richard Saul Wurman is a brilliant writer, award-winning inventor and the original founder of TED.  

As I mentioned yesterday, this was one of the most challenging interviews I've ever conducted. I was warned before I conducted the interview that Richard could be mercurial, but I was confident in my research and felt that would ameliorate any difficulty. My body of research didn't help, in fact, it was what seemed to most annoy him. Richard has a storied background, filled with ups and downs. But he had no interest in talking about his past and found some of my questions to be "bad" questions. As a result, he was argumentative and I got defensive and we bickered and bantered. For most of the interview I struggled to find common ground. But I do think it is worth posting, if nothing more than to show how two very different people ultimately agreed to have a conversation, warts and all.