A technologist by training (PhD from Stanford, 1979), David also holds a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London (1983). From 1984 to 1999, David worked as a researcher at Xerox PARC, where he investigated the nature of documents, with particular focus on the transition from paper to digital media. This work is available in a number of published articles and is summarized in David’s book Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (2001; new edition, 2016).
At the University of Washington Information School since 2000, David has been investigating through his research, teaching, and writing how individuals can live healthy, creative, reflective, and productive lives in an accelerating, always-on, information-saturated world. His recently published book, Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives (2016), offers readers exercises to help them make use of their digital devices and apps in healthier and more effective ways.