Taxonomy is one of those words we hear all the time in our work as experience designers. But what exactly is it? If you have little or no knowledge of taxonomy, this workshop is for you. This introductory workshop will explain what taxonomy is (and isn’t) and what role it plays in creating interactive experiences.
We will start by reviewing taxonomy from the perspective of information science and then translate a few core concepts for our needs in the practice of user experience (UX). At the end of this workshop, participants will know how to design a taxonomy and improve their “game” as an experience designer.
This workshop will cover:
- The steps to create a taxonomy
- Common vocabulary of information science concepts adapted for use in UX
- How taxonomy relates to navigation and search (but is neither of these)
- Taxonomy’s role in content modeling and dynamic publishing (such as content management systems)
About the speakers
Dave Cooksey is a Senior UX Researcher at Charles Schwab. He was co-chair of the 2017 IA Summit, has served multiple times as Chair of PhillyCHI, and also happens to be colorblind.