Morgan's Notes on Make Me Think about Organizing


One way of reducing the complexity of organizing is positing a consumer who is easily puzzled, confused, mis-led - sort of simple-minded straw person constructed to defend the argument. As we've seen, simple-minded approaches cast readers in a simple-minded role.

One way of reducing the complexity of organizing is to assume the audience does not need to learn the organizational scheme and that she gains nothing by learning it. One way of address the complexity is to interrogate learning the scheme. ie: what's gained when audience learns to use Library Subject schemes.

One way of reducing the complexity of the problem is by organizing objects that are already well-defined, even over-determined in their organization.The organization can then be borrowed from physical space w/o investigating that rationale. One way of maintaining the complexity is by considering organizing information that is not so over-determined - that doesn't correspond closely to a familiar physical space.

One way of maintaining the complexity might be by considering faceted classification.

Another way to maintain complexity is to see the multiple interests of designers, owners, et al - and their conception of audiences - at play. The risk here is that the interests and audiences are reduced to stereotypes. Owner just wants to sell... Buyer wants to save $$... User wants to get in, find stuff, and get out... as though there are no alternatives.

Another way to maintain complexity might be to step outside the well-worn path of commercial web design and look at information design more broadly, as organization appears in newspapers, magazines, journals, in physical spaces such as stores and libraries, diagrammatic spaces such as schematics, trees, et al.





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