Peter Morville

Peter Morville

writer, speaker, information architect

  • @morville
  • + Peter Morville

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Areas of Expertise:

  • user experience
  • information architecture
  • digital strategy
  • search
  • findability
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Peter Morville (@morville) is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His best-selling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Ambient Findability, Search Patterns and Intertwingled. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy's, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. His work has been covered by Business Week, The Economist, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy.

Information Architecture Information Architecture
by Jorge Arango, Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
Fourth Edition October 2015
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $50.99

Intertwingled Intertwingled
by Peter Morville
November 2014

Search Patterns Search Patterns
by Peter Morville, Jeff Callender
January 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
Third Edition November 2006

Ambient Findability Ambient Findability
by Peter Morville
September 2005
Print: $29.95
Ebook: $23.99

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
Second Edition August 2002

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
February 1998

Webcast: The Architecture of Understanding
November 18, 2014
Peter Morville draws from his new book, Intertwingled, to reveal how everything is connected from code to culture.

"The reader will find Ambient Findability loose in its definitions but rich in ideas about creating online visibility: how to stand and be found."
--Thad McIlroy, GEIST, #86, Fall 2012

"Search Patterns is an absolutely outstanding book. I don’t get excited about search-related books very often but this one totally captivated me."
--Sol Lederman, Federated Search Blog

"Any library strong in web design must have this search-specific reference."
--Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch: The Computer Shelf

"...I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about search and especially more about how to design could search interfaces."
--Professor Tom Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Information Research

"It's an excellent, must-read book for the user experience community."

"This book is a monumental achievement. The authors have provided a guidebook to a largely unexplored and immensely important territory. Reading it requires attention, effort, and exploration."
--Richard Mateosian, IEEE Micro, March/April 2010 Issue

"Not only is this a fun book to read, but it is really useful, particularly in communicating about both the conceptual and nuts-and-bolts aspects of search design.building for people... For the beginner interested in learning how to build search, Search Patterns is an excellent introduction. "
--James Pyles, Million Chimpanzees

"This book makes a good job in cataloging and exploring a wide range of search applications...Its writing style is quite smart and easy to follow, and the book also succeeds to keep a good equilibrium between textual and visual contributions."
--Giuseppe Pizzimenti, aNobii

"It is superbly written..."
--Ira Laefsky,

"I love this book! Thanks to Peter and Jeffery, I now know that search (yes, boring old yucky who cares search) is one of the coolest ways around of looking at the world. "
--Dan Roam

"Search Patterns is a delight to read -- very thoughtful and thought provoking. It's the most comprehensive survey of designing effective search experiences I've seen. "
--Irene Au

"Search Patterns is a fabulous must-have book! Inside, you'll learn the why's and where's of practically every modern search design trick and technique. "
--Jared Spool, CEO and Founder, User Interface Engineering

"As one who searches a lot (and often ends up frustrated), Search Patterns is a revelation. "
--Nigel Holmes, Designer, Theorist, and Principal, Explanation Graphics

"Search is swiftly transforming everything we know, yet people don't understand how mavens design search: by stacking breadcrumbs, scenting widgets, and keeping eyeballs on the engine. I urge you to put your eyeballs on this unique and important book. "
--Bruce Sterling, Writer, Futurist, and Co-Founder, The Electronic Frontier Foundation

"It's not often I come across a book that asks profound questions about a fundamental human activity, and then proceeds to answer those questions with practical observations and suggestions. Search Patterns is an expedition into the heart of the web and human cognition, and for me it was a delightful journey that delivered scores of insights. "
--Dave Gray, Founder and Chairman, XPLANE

"Search Patterns is a playful guide to the practical concerns of search interface design. It contains a bonanza of screenshots and illustrations that capture the best of today’s design practices and presents a fresh perspective on the broader role of search and discovery. "
--Marti Hearst

"If you are interested in this important discipline, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web should be the first book you read on the subject."
--Eddie VanArsdall, Technical Communication

"From start to finish, this book is easy to read, at times even deceptively so. Thanks to the author’s efforts, the book is casual yet so thoughtful at the same time. It is apparent that Morville completed a lot of up-front work to establish a strong structure. Because he is an accomplished writer, the structure never dominates, but it’s always there below the surface. The chapters move in a logical sequence and with good rhythm from Morville’s opening statements, through a host of data, theory, and discussion, to a compelling (but somewhat open-ended) finish. Through it all, it is clear that Morville respects his reader. This book is a conversation with a colleague, not a lecture from an ivory tower. I highly recommend not just reading this book, but taking some time to reflect on it. If Morville can help us to look before we leap into this brave new convergent world, he has made an important contribution indeed."
--Gerard Torenvliet, CMC Electronics

"This book (in it’s first and second editions) didn’t become a classic without reason. With extensive treatment of everything from classifying data, to content mapping, to building an IA team, the authors have built a lasting reference for novices and sophisticates alike. Here is a guide to consult repeatedly as you come across specific problems that the book addresses...In the end, the authors achieve their dual objectives of teaching good information architecture practices, and helping the architects illustrate their worth to the unconvinced."
--Chris Masotti, The Captial Letter, Sacramento Society for Technical Communication

"The authors present a new way of thinking about information architecture that includes building Web sites that support co-creation, and designing for access by mobile devices and multiple platforms. Their emphasis is on making large Web sites easier to navigate, and for making large amounts of information more accessible."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing