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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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010 Card Sorting

Participant sorting of concepts, terms, or features into meaningful categories and relationships using printed cards

• 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 ...

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