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Card Sorting by Donna Spencer

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4: Choose the Method

There are different ways to run a card sort and each gives you different outcomes. This chapter is all about the different methods—open or closed, team or individual, manual or with software. Before you choose the method, keep in mind that you need to determine your goals.

Open or Closed Card Sort

Among the first decisions to make is whether to run an open or closed card sort. As I mentioned in Chapter 1: All About Card Sorting you should use the following criteria to determine which one to use:

  • In an open card sort, participants create and label their own groups of cards.
  • In a closed card sort, you provide a set of categories and ask participants to slot content into those categories.

Open Card Sorts

Open card sorts ...

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