Taxonomy of Experiences:

I have an ongoing project of taxonometrically analyzing different kinds of experiences in search of a better understanding of what elements characterize interesting, good, or successful experiences. It is my hope that this will lead to better ways of creating interactive experiences in new media.

This taxonomy is the result of input from many people, including my classes and people at vivid and Stanford. I welcome feedback about it.

Taxonomy of Experiences:






From

Brenda Laurel's 9 Stages of Performance:










Category Experience Issues Others Needed? Scope Medium Role Action Inspiration Env. Resources Internal Res. Shaping Materials Performance Skills Setting the Stage Rehearsal & Performance Audience Engagment Responsive Listening Mind things Body Things Environment Intimacy/Personal Space Preparation Needed Language/Culture
Producing/Processing Brainstorming


Desirable Personal
Producer Inter/Active Yes Yes Yes











Producing/Processing

Planning/Arranging/Organizing/
Reorganizing
Organizational Abilities, Available Data Not Neccessary Personal
Producer Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes
Yes








Producing/Processing Processing/Transforming Media Literacy/Skills, Available Data Not Neccessary Personal
Producer Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes
Yes








Producing/Processing

Making/Building/Preparing/Cooking



Producer Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes
Yes








Producing/Processing

Reflecting/Contemplating




















Producing/Processing Classifying  
 
 
 

















Producing/Processing Learning  
 
 
 

















Producing/Processing Asking  
 
 
 

















Storage

Storing Space, Compression, Quality, Longevity Not Neccessary Personal
Archivist Active
Yes Yes











Storage Indexing  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 












Transmitting

Transmitting/Sending/Receiving Medium, Quality, Bandwidth Not Neccessary Personal
Transmittor Active
Yes Yes



Yes Yes





Advising Facilitating Quantity One to Few? Broad/Narrow/Personal
Helper Inter/Active Yes Yes Yes
Yes

Yes






Advising Analyzing Quantity One to Few? Broad/Narrow/Personal
Helper Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes










Advising Teaching
One to Few? Broad/Narrow/Personal
Helper Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes





Helping (Process-oriented)




Helper Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes





Performing Simulations/Re-enactments/Pretending Suspension of Disbelief Possibly Personal
Producer Interactive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes





Performing

Speaking/Telling/Showing Ability, Fear, Anxiety, Quality (see Performing) Few to Many Broad/Narrow Lectures/Seminars/Conversations Transmittor Active
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes





Performing

Performing/Acting/Demonstrating... Ability, Audience Few to Many Broad/Narrow Theater/Opera/Recitals/Concerts... Transmittor Inter/Active Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes





Performing

Testing/Quizzes/Exams Ability, Time, Quality, Depth, Fear, Anxiety Not Neccessary Personal
Producer Inter/Active


Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes





Performing

Playing/Sports/Games... Ability, Interest, Equipment Not Neccessary Personal
Producer Inter/Active
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes






Performing Practicing?
Not Neccessary Personal
Producer Active

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes







Consuming

Listening/Watching Time, Context, Level of Complexity Two Minimum Broad/Narrow Lectures/Seminars/Movies/Performances/TV... Consumer Passive


Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes





Consuming

Conversations Interest, Ability Few Personal
Producer Interactive
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes
Yes





Consuming

Indulging/Eating/Drinking... Nutrition? Texture? Quantity? Not Neccessary Personal
Consumer Active


Yes










Waiting
Time, Space, Available activities Possibly Personal

Passive














Traveling
Speed, Timeliness, Space Not Neccessary Personal
Consumer Passive?
Yes Yes











Governing (Responsibilities)
Power, Authority, Leadership/Capabilities Few to Many Broad/Narrow
Leader Active

Yes











Judging




Leader Inter/Active

Yes


































 

 

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