Card sorting is a method used to help design or evaluate the information architecture of a site. In a card sorting session, participants organize topics into categories that make sense to them and they may also help you label these groups.

  • Used to explore how participants group items into categories and relate concepts to one another, whether for digital interface design or a table of contents.
  • It can be used to identify terminology that is vague, misunderstood, or has multiple meanings associated with it.
  • Card sorting can also be used to generate options for structuring information, identifying different schemas for organizing navigation, menus, and taxonomies.
  • It validates that the categories in your product or service actually reflect the mental model of your audience.
  • Including blank cards and markers allows participants to add their own items where needed.
  • If no consistent patterns emerge after several card sorts, consider renaming the cards or reconsider the categories.

More Readings,

The User-centered design (UCD) process outlines the phases throughout a design and development life-cycle all while focusing on gaining a deep understanding of who will be using the product. The international standard 13407  is the basis for many U...

The act of measuring certain sensitive variables in a system can alter them, and confound the accuracy of the measurement. This principle is based on Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle in physics. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states that b...

Weighted Decision Matrix. A weighted decision matrix is a tool used to compare alternatives with respect to multiple criteria of different levels of importance. It can be used to rank all the alternatives relative to a “fixed” reference and thus ...

The use of a weak element that will fail in order to protect other elements in the system from damage. a chain is only as strong as its weakest link This suggests that the weakest link in a chain is also the least valuable and most expendable lin...

This is used to document observable human activities and personal characteristics, interactions, time spent at fixed locations or in transit, and details of environmental context. A sketch map or architectural floor plan is used as the underla...

Research through Design is a term that is used primarily in academic work in the design communities, especially in interaction design and HCI, but it shares more than is usually discussed with other arts and engineering disciplines and with design pr...