Dave Cooksey
Information Architect

Dave is an information architect based in Philadelphia who has been practicing information architecture and user experience design since 1999.  

He believes that design is more than just graphics and font selections. At its best, design is about solving problems. Dave's practice strives to create order from disorder and to provide clarity when things are unclear.

He has extensive experience in user-centered design techniques that he uses to formulate design strategy, build powerful taxonomies, and craft usable and enjoyable user experiences. And he believes in working collaboratively because design is as much about people as it is about technology. 

Dave has had the good fortune of working with companies such as Ace Hardware, Anthropologie, Toys ‘R Us, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, David’s Bridal, and others. He is a former User Experience Lead at GSI Commerce (currently eBay Enterprise) and has served multiple times as an officer of PhillyCHI (ACM SIGCHI), Philadelphia’s professional interest group for human-computer interaction.

Dave is currently co-chairing Information Architecture Summit 2017 in Vancouver, Canada (March 22-26, 2017). 

You can follow him on Twitter at @saturdave.

Current Obsession

Museum Experience
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation
Rodin Museum
Museum of Modern Art

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 (October 25, 2016 - January 8, 2017)


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.