How would you like to help me improve Polka Dot Creations? I want to make it easier for people to find the books, magazines, and DVDs that would most appeal to them. Right now, there are several ways to browse:
- by media (book, magazine, dvd, etc.)
- by what’s new or coming soon
- by what’s on sale, on closeout, or an overstock
- by author, publisher, or series
- by what “shelf” the item is on (polymer clay, precious metal clay, dolls and miniatures, etc.)
The “shelf” system comes closest to what I want to accomplish, but it’s a bit too general, and each item can only belong to a single shelf.
What I want is for a jewelry artist to be able to say, “show me all of the books you have on millefiori jewelry.” Right now, she can look in the Book Section, she can look on the Polymer Clay Shelf, or she can search for the term “millefiori,” but she can’t get a list of items that involve all three things.
So I think a tagging system is in order, most likely to replace the current shelf system or at the very least supplement it. I’ve got some ideas, but I’d like to hear yours.
What techniques do you think a book should be tagged with? (millefiori, mokume gane?)
What areas of study do we need to think about? (jewelry-making, sculpting?)
Every item should be tagged with at least one technique and one discipline, but are there other things that I need to consider? What kinds of tags support what you do with clay?
By way of example:
Main material: Polymer Clay
Areas of study: Jewelry
Techniques: Mica shift
I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas.
And to thank you for participating in this discussion, one random comment will win a $25 gift certificate to Polka Dot Creations. I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday evening.