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A Common Design Taxonomy

Posted by James Wondrack |25 Feb 15 |

February 25, 2015

As central as design is to user experience, its definition has largely been subjective. Ask 100 well-read professionals what the meaning of design is and you’ll get 100 different answers.

That’s not surprising, given the broad uses and meanings of the word. As a noun, design is used to describe everything from the pattern on bed sheets, to the new camera features on smartphones. Design can also be used as a verb, as in, “Artists are designing the 9/11 Memorial.” All too often, it simply serves as a vague notion of how an app “just works.”

The Problem with Design Subjectivity

The source of this design subjectivity rests within the UX industry itself. If you ask 100 designers what design is, you’ll get another 100 answers to add to those of general professionals. This shows that the definitional problem we face with design is not an individual semantic issue, but a deeper, systemic one. This lack of a…read more
By James Wondrack