UIEtips: 7 Frequently Asked Questions on Card Sorting

Jared Spool

June 13th, 2012

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.

A big part of this misdirection comes from how designers organize the information they want to share with their users. Really, it’s information architecture. There are techniques to use that will enhance and help structure your information architecture. Card sorting is one of them.

In today’s article, we look at some frequently asked questions, and their answers, from Donna Spencer’s book, Card Sorting– Designing Usable Categories. Donna answers 7 commonly found questions when conducting a card sorting activity. If you need help with your information architecture, this article (and her book) is a great place to start.

Read today’s article: 7 Frequently Asked Questions on Card Sorting.

You can also learn more from Donna at her upcoming UIE Virtual Seminar, Designing Usable Categories with Card Sorting. Donna will explain what card sorting entails, and how it could work in your organization.

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