Card Sorting. Card sorting is a popular method for understanding the mental model of the user. Instead of organizing a website by some byzantine corporate structure, you base it on how the users think by having them sort items into categories. It's a method used as often as lab-based usability testing with 52% of practitioners using it in 2011.
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Card Sorting. There’s nothing worse than spending considerable time on a web site searching for information just to be led down a dark hole. We’ve all experienced the frustration when you think you’re on the right path, about to reach that golden moment of insight and knowledge, only to discover that what you’re in search of can’t be found, or at least not easily.
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Card Sorting. One of the biggest problems facing information architects (IAs) today is crafting the perfect content hierarchy, one that quickly gets users to the information they’re looking for. To do this, information architects need to first query their users. How do the people browsing and/or searching this site think about its content? In search of an answer, IAs often employ card sorts; however, they inevitably produce a great deal of data.
Card Sorting. Here are at least 10 things to know about using this popular user research method. Card Sorting involves having users (not designers, developers or VP's) sort a list of pages or categories together based on their understanding of the structure and relationship. Card sorting is useful for such things as finding out how users would group merchandise at an ecommerce website that has a huge selection of products and categories.
Card Sorting. By Shanshan Ma
Published: September 20, 2010
“User researchers frequently use card sorting to understand how users perceive the structure of a Web site and the ideal way for them to navigate through the site. ”
User researchers frequently use card sorting to understand how users perceive the structure of a Web site and the ideal way for them to navigate through the site.