Taxonomy & UX: Structuring Data to Drive Experiences

A session at IA Summit 2016

Thursday 5th May, 2016

9:00am to 12:30pm (EST)

It’s become commonplace to hear folks talk about the strategic importance of taxonomy. And more and more mission critical projects include taxonomy work streams. But not all IA’s and user experience designers feel comfortable calling taxonomy their own.

Not to worry. This workshop will explain what taxonomy is (and isn’t) and how it contributes the structure necessary to drive compelling experiences and automate content publication.

We will start by defining taxonomy from the perspective of information science and then translate these foundational concepts to user experience.

The workshop will include:
- A common vocabulary of information science concepts adapted for use in UX
- How taxonomy relates to navigation and search (but is neither of these)
- How taxonomy organizes content and facilitates dynamic publishing
- Taxonomy documentation practices
- Methods of taxonomy evaluation
- How to test taxonomies with users
- Taxonomy governance practices

At the end of the workshop, participants will know how to design, evaluate, and test taxonomies. The aim of the workshop is for all attending to feel comfortable in undertaking a taxonomy project. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced IA’s and UX practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of taxonomy and apply it to their current practices.

Session Takeaways
Attendees will leave the workshop ready to take on a taxonomy project. Specifically they will:
- Learn taxonomy concepts
- Know how to craft a taxonomy
- Understand the difference between taxonomy & articulation
- Be able to evaluate & test a taxonomy

About the speaker

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Dave Cooksey is a UX consultant based in Philadelphia.

He has extensive experience in balancing what the business wants with what users need. He employs user-centered design techniques to formulate design strategy, build powerful taxonomies, and craft usable and enjoyable user interfaces.

He has had the good fortune of working with companies such as Ace Hardware, Anthropologie, Toys ‘R Us, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, David’s Bridal, and more.

He is a former User Experience Lead at GSI Commerce (currently eBay Enterprise) and has served multiple times as an officer of PhillyCHI (ACM SIGCHI), Philadelphia’s UX interest group.

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Time 9:00am12:30pm EST

Date Thu 5th May 2016


International Ballroom A, Omni Hotel at CNN Center

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