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New Categories! [message #46742] Tue, 10 April 2012 17:09 UTC Go to previous message
avatar carine  is currently offline carine
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Hi everyone!

We're working on revamping our categories so that public models are easier to find, increasing visibility for all your creative gems. We're trying to solve for a couple key issues:

- Discoverability: making sure people can find what they are looking for, and stumble upon inspiring designs along the way
- Comprehensiveness: ensuring that all products have a "home" (i.e., where do 3d printed glasses go in our current category structure?)
- Clarity: providing you all a clear understanding of how search and browsing work on Shapeways, including the differences between categories and tags

So with that in mind, we've conducted research on best practices, analyzed our data to see where categories need some more love, and have spoken to some of you already to get your input. Below is a working draft of our updated categories, which we'll implement in the next few weeks.

What do you think? Is anything missing? Any questions?

PLEASE NOTE: Categories are the indisputable "what" that defines a product, and they are mutually exclusive or at least have one primary purpose. Tags will still be used to share other attributes, like the occasion (e.g., holidays, gifts), suggested recipient (e.g., for him, for her, for mom), and qualities (e.g., geeky, whimsical). We'll also closely monitor tags, so if lots of you are creating certain types of products and there is no appropriate category, we can add that over time.


1. Gadgets
- Cases
- Accessories
- Keychains & Key Fobs
- Desk Toys
- Robotics
- Music
2. For your home
- Accessories
- Dining
- Lighting
- Furniture
3. Jewelry
- Bracelets
- Cufflinks
- Earrings
- Necklaces
- Pendants
- Rings
4. Fashion
- Glasses
- Belts
- Bags & Purses
- Wallets
- Buttons
5. Miniatures
- Figurines
- Vehicles
- SciFi
- Memorabilia (formerly fan art)
6. Maker / DIY
- Spare Parts
- Mechanical Parts
- Tools
7. Games
- Board Games
- Dice
- Puzzles
- Toys
8. Art
- Mathematical Art
- Sculptures

[Updated on: Thu, 31 May 2012 00:53 UTC] by Moderator

Director of Marketing, Shapeways

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