Collaborative Taxonomy Exercise
Rhode Island School of Design | Fall 2020
Led one of the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab’s taxonomy exercises without specific instructions to explore how people from different backgrounds approach the task of categorizing natural objects. There was a graphic designer, a digital+media, and a landscape architect student. It was fascinating to observe how my classmates placed the natural objects in very different categories than I expected. Using her interest in geology, Kristal only paid attention to textures and came with theories regarding the history of the marks found on various artifacts. Ollie used her interest in music and mathematics to analyze. Finally, Louis from Graphic Design came up with “The Container Theory. We all accepted his theory and categorized it based on what is a container and what it is not.
Workshop RISD Quickies
Rhode Island School of Design | Wintersession 2020