My name is Rob Walker. Here is a short official bio:
Rob Walker is a journalist covering design, technology, business, the arts, and other subjects. He writes The Workologist for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times, and contributes to a variety of other publications and media outlets. His most recent book, co-edited with Joshua Glenn, is the collection Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.
I also do some speaking. Previously, I wrote the Consumed column for The New York Times Magazine, where I was a contributing writer from 2004-2012; before that I created and wrote the Ad Report Card column for Slate. I’ve written for many publications, such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, Wired, etc. My book Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Are was published in 2008, and Letters From New Orleans was published in 2005.
Speaking of which, I’ve also been involved in various side projects, such as Significant Objects (with Joshua Glenn), The Hypothetical Development Organization (with Ellen Susan and GK Darby), and Unconsumption (with many collaborators). More about those and other side enterprises elsewhere on this site. Just go here and look around.
This site dates back to 2000, but the current version has been pleasingly redesigned by Joe Alterio and Matt Glaser of Squonk Studios; I am still updating this new-and-improved iteration, so forgive the paucity of information in some categories, as well as any short-term glitches. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, should you be interested, by far the best way to keep an eye on what’s next is to subscribe to The RW Quarterly Report: https://tinyletter.com/RobWalker. Thanks.