Notes on Hat Racks

All the commentators presume that users/visitors already know the schema, the logic that structures the organization - which is a false assumption.

more than five

Those of internal relation
- relationship between logical propositions
- between statements of informal argument: claim, support, warrant - which is actually another argument. These might be seen as location or dependency, but the former is an artifact of the diagram rather than a function of the elements.
- embeddedness. Might be the hierarchy or might be location, but the relation can be both physical and functional.


Organization by the similarity of characteristics or relatedness of the items. This is a particularly useful approach when all the things being organized are of equal or unpredictable importance. Examples include topics of books in a bookstore or library and items in a department or grocery store.


Organization by timeline or history, where elements are presented in a sequential step-by-step manner. This approach is commonly used in training. Other examples include television listings, a history of specific events, and measuring the response times of different systems.
- Purpose - but whose?
- Measure of time by GMT/local?
- response times is actually continuum. Like colors: org by visual feature or by wavelength? Color wheel illustrates both, but we adjust attention depending.


Organization by spatial or geographic location, most often used for orientation and direction. This most graphic of the categories obviously lends itself to maps but is also used extensively in training, repair, and user manual illustrations and other instances  where information is tied to a place.


Organization based on the initial letter of the names of items. Obvious examples are telephone and other name-oriented directories, dictionaries, and thesauri, where users know the word or name they are seeking. Alphabetic systems are simple to grasp and familiar in everyday life. This method of organization is less effective for short lists of unrelated things but is powerful for long lists.
- Mccartney
- Maccartney
- El jazura
- The end is near
- The Beatles White Album 196&, remastered


Organization by the quantity of a measured variable over a range, such as price, score, size, or weight. Continuum organization is most effective when organizing many things that are all measured or scored the same way. Examples include rankings and reviews of all kinds, such as the U.S. News and World Report ranking of colleges and universities, the best movies in a given year, darkest or lightest items, and other instances where a clear weight or value can be assigned to each item.
- Some continuums are internal others external, in relation to others.
- color wheel. A continuum as spec

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