Card Sorting Analysis
Card sorting is a user-centered design method for increasing a system's findability.
The process involves sorting a series of cards, each labelled with a piece of content or functionality, into groups that make sense to users or participants.
Benefits of this service
Card sorting is a quick, inexpensive, and reliable usability method, which serves as input into your information design process. Card sorting analysis generates an overall structure for your information, as well as suggestions for navigation, menus, and possible taxonomies.
- Quick, simple and cheap to execute
- An established practice that involves users
- Is not a task focused activity
- Results can vary
- Analysis can be time consuming
There are two key different types of card sorting techniques:
Open Card Sorting:
Participants are given cards showing site content with no pre-established groupings. They are asked to sort cards into groups that they feel are appropriate and then describe each group.
Closed Card Sorting:
Participants are given cards showing site content with an established initial set of primary groups. Participants are asked to place cards into these pre-established primary groups.
We can host the card sorting sessions at our premises or on site at your office. Card sorting can be used to generate navigation groupings through to actual site maps and structure for sections of your site. We typically work with around 10 participants and conduct the relevant analysis.
We would typically look to deliver the following to your organisation as part of the card sorting sessions that we run.
Photographs - of arranged card sorts.
Report - that describes the purpose of the study, a description of the procedures, a summary of the findings, and perhaps most important, the significant themes that emerged within and between testing sessions.
Presentation - an oral presentation communicating the most important findings and recommendations.
Site map - generated from the card sorting with appropriate groupings.
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