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Card Sorting

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Designing Usable Categories

By Donna Spencer

Published: April 2009
Paperback: 162 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-1933820-02-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1933820-07-1

Card sorting is an effective, easy-to-use method for understanding how people think about content and categories. It helps you create information that is easy to find and understand. In Card Sorting: Designing Usable Categories, Donna Spencer shows you how to plan and run a card sort, analyze the results, and apply the outcomes to your projects.

Card sorting is an effective, easy-to-use method for understanding how people think about content and categories. It helps you create information that is easy to find and understand. In Card Sorting: Designing Usable Categories, Donna Spencer shows you how to plan and run a card sort, analyze the results, and apply the outcomes to your projects.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: All About Card Sorting
Chapter 2: All About Organizing
Chapter 3: Defining the Need
Chapter 4: Choose the Method
Chapter 5: Choose the Content
Chapter 6: Choose the People
Chapter 7: Make the Cards
Chapter 8: Manage the Sort
Chapter 9: Use Exploratory Analysis
Chapter 10: Use Statistical Analysis
Chapter 11: Use What You’ve Learned

FAQ

These common questions about card sorting and their short answers are taken from Donna Spencer’s book Card Sorting: Designing Usable Categories. You can find longer answers to each in your copy of the book, either printed or digital version.

  1. I wrote our content on cards/sticky notes and our team shuffled it around to create the IA. That’s a card sort, isn’t it?
    Not really. That’s just shuffling content ideas around the table (which is still useful, just not really a card sort). I think the essential element to something being a card sort is that it involves real users of your information.
    See Chapter 1 for more information on what a card sort involves. 

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