A card sort is commonly undertaken when designing a navigation structure for an environment that offers a variety of content and functions, such as a web site. It helps with buy-in to the technique as well. Labels may be printed on standard Avery mailing labels, or printed by hand. Advantages and disadvantages As with any other method, card sorting has both advantages and disadvantages. My website is really big. My book on is now available.
But chances are you'll buy it after this seminar, because demanding more of her expertise is a completely common reaction. Participants often ask if they can put cards in more than one place, especially when there is not one clear home for a card. Scheduling individuals can be easier than scheduling groups of participants, especially if you have individuals located remotely. Get those answers and more from Donna Spencer, who will prepare you to run card sorts with your team. I only use it when I think it is a really good way to learn the thing I want to learn. The other thing that we are going to be doing, and this will get started later in the year, is running workshops.
Donna Spencer: They certainly do. I will definitely see stereotypically London things but need some help with the weird things that I might specifically like. This common set is then incorporated into the design of the environment, either for navigation or for other purposes. Donna: Oh, a group activity is fabulous because as you get three people to work together, they talk about stuff. Then, I paid too much attention to what people had called things in the card sort and used those for labels. His delivery is amazing and his timing is just perfect — he had the audience roaring with laughter or was that just me. A closed card sort is where you ask people to slot content into a set of categories that you give them.
Then, I changed organizations to lead an intranet redesign. Cards can turn the drab and mundane into something strangely exciting. To do it well, you need to think about what you want to learn and make sure you construct the activity to actually learn that. However, individuals can find it difficult to sort larger numbers of cards, providing less valuable input. When performing analysis on smaller numbers of cards, you may be able to see patterns by simply laying the groups out on a table, or taping them on a whiteboard.
Card sorting generates an overall structure for your information, as well as suggestions for navigation, menus, and possible taxonomies. Revise and play with your idea until these things start to fall together. Please expand this article into a definitive card sorting resource by adding comments with your own variations or observations. But I need to design all of the index pages — these will introduce each topic and provide deeper links plus cross links. I am wondering if the board of this organization also could participate alongside with their target group? Then, you think about what you learned and do something with it.
Writing recommendations for these problems is giving me a lot of trouble. Donna is an , interaction designer, and writer whose work in web and mobile focuses on user needs. There is not a definitive article that describes the technique and its variants and explains the issues to watch out for. When should card sorting be used? This is a practical book with a touch of theory and interesting real-life case studies. It is an important distinction. A in English and Cognitive Psychology from Ball State University.
I need to get back to the keyboard. In any case, their demeanor inevitably changes when the cards come out for sorting. As he mentions, look at the results for high-agreement cards and low agreement cards. Having a practical description of a card sorting exercise was invaluable to me. Lots of people appreciated that we left half of the time for audience questions and that we actually tracked questions asked via twitter and answered them at the time and alongside questions from the floor.
In this book, Donna describes how to plan and run a card sort, then analyse the results and apply the outcomes to your project. If you have never run a card sort and are thinking of doing so, this book is definitely for you. But, however you do it, you are looking for things that tickle your brain cells and help you think through stuff that will help your project. The background is that this is a fairly straightforward redesign of some government content. Or is that actually the most important thing? Card sorting uses a relatively low-tech approach.
This helps reveal not only how they mentally classify the cards, but also what terms they use for the categories. The ultimate guide to one of the under-appreciated user research methods in our toolbox. Card sorting is best when you want to learn something specific and getting your users involved will help you learn it. They are asked to sort cards into groups that they feel are appropriate and then describe each group. I was trying to get a technique to do the thinking for me, instead of using it to help me think. Spencer mixes step-by-step instructions and good examples with just enough theory. Summary In summary, card sorting is a simple, reliable, and inexpensive method for gathering user input for an overall structure.