David Siegel is the author of four books on the Internet and an expert in web interfaces, web strategy, and the Semantic Web. He worked for Pixar in 1986. After that he painted people's Macintosh computers in any color they wanted, then he designed Tekton, a typeface distributed by Adobe that became one of the bestselling typefaces in history. He then designed the typeface Graphite, which shipped on every HP Inkjet made for ten years, and later produced Zapfino, a typeface that ships with the Mac OSX operating system. In 1994, he wrote "Creating Killer Web Sites," the first book on web design. His 1999 book, "Futurize Your Enterprise," pre-envisioned the Semantic Web. His current book on the Semantic Web is due out at the end of 2009. In 1995, he started Studio Verso, a high-end design and strategy consultancy in San Francisco and sold it to KPMG in 1999. He has been an active angel investor and advisor to many startups. He is currently raising a fund to invest in Semantic Web companies.
The way we use information is about to change. We have spent the last 40 years using computers to recreate our old 19th-century paper documents, and now we have a mess on our hands.