Dave Cooksey
Experience Designer

Hello. My name is Dave. I am a user experience designer at Elsevier Clinical Solutions in Philadelphia.

I have been practicing information architecture and UX design since 2005. Before that, I was a front-end devleoper (XHTML/CSS/.NET) and database designer. And before that, I was in social science academics. 

In my design practice, I focus on 3 things.

  1. Organization - creating order from disorder
  2. Clarity - making things clear (notice I did not say 'simple'; the world is complex)
  3. People - I believe in human-centric approach to design & technology

I have extensive experience in user-centered design techniques to inform design strategy, build powerful taxonomies, and craft meaningful yet enjoyable user experiences.

I believe in co-design because design is as much about people as it is about technology. 

I have had the good fortune of working with companies like Quicken Loans, Ace Hardware, Anthropologie, Toys ‘R Us, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and David’s Bridal. 

I recently co-chaired the 2017 Information Architecture Summit in Vancouver, Canada. And I have served multiple times as an officer of PhillyCHI (ACM SIGCHI), Philadelphia’s interest group for human-computer interaction. I mentor designers new to the field of information architecture, user research, and user experience design.

You can follow me on Twitter at @saturdave.

Current Obsessions

Colour Blind Awareness
Color Accessibility Workflows by Geri Coady
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks

Information Science
The Information by James Gleick
Information Users and Information System Design by Marcia J. Bates

You Say Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation
Museo Tamayo
Museo de Arte Moderno

The World & Its Peoples
Showa: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki 


I am often asked about sources for learning about taxonomy. And while there is no general text about taxonomy for user experience professionals, there are a few works that provide a deep drive into taxonomy that is useful for thinking about organization.

Heather Hedden's The Accidental Taxonomist approaches taxonomy first by answering the question, "What is a taxonomy?" Hedden then goes on to explore taxonomy terms and how to place them in relationships. She also discusses taxonomy software, indexing, and the professions that often end up creating and maintaining taxonomies. 

The Discipline of Organization, edited by Robert J. Glushko, is a great introductory text to organizing systems. An organizing system is “an intentionally arranged collection of resources and the interactions they support" (page 14). This text introduces core concepts and covers curation, resources, relationships, designing interactions, and maintenance. It also discusses case studies to illustrate theory in a practical way.