Taxonomies are an essential part of web development. Taxonomies establish a common language for users and aid navigation and comprehension across  a product. A taxonomy aims to understand a set of subject-specific concepts, and creates a vocabulary for those concepts, in order to ultimately organize the “physical things” related to those concepts and make them easier to find or interact with.

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Methods for Creating Taxonomies 

Card Sorting

In a card sorting session, participants organize topics into categories that make sense to them and they may also help you label these groups. To conduct a card sort, you can use actual cards, pieces of paper, or one of several online card-sorting software tools.

Content Analysis

Analyzing a client’s content can be a quick way to establish a taxonomy. However, caution should be used to ensure that the tone of the content is diverse. Client content can be casual, technical or somewhere in between and t’s important to have a good mix of these content style.

User Interviews

One of the most important methods of creating a taxonomy is user interviews. In a casual setting users will refer to entities, topics and categories using both common and technical terms, which can then be sorted and structured according to context.

Examples of Taxonomy: Pop Chart

Beautiful examples of taxonommies can be found at www.popchart.co. Intricate classifications are organized into visually stunning prints about everything from birds to beers.