Getting over hierarchies

I am getting pretty close to letting go of hierarchies when developing websites. I’ve been looking a lot at:

– The work of George Lakoff (at

Topic maps.

I’ve been playing around with faceted metadata on a site of mine. What I’m experimenting with:

– What other navigation support do we need to keep after we’ve added metadata navigation. What can we throw away?
– How to best presents this rich metadata?


– A list of methapors we live by.
– Funny this, I’d seen it before but didn’t know about Lakoff back then! The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the Gulf
Metaphors of terror
Metaphors we compute by.

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