Monday, June 13, 2011

Card Sort Exercise

Lecture number six had a section about a method of research from the information technology discipline called card sorting. This is a method of testing that prompts the participant to organize items under logical categories. A detailed explanation of the process can be found at Boxes and Arrows .

There are two types of card sorting: open and closed. In open card sorting the participants are given cards each with information on it. They are asked to organize the information in a way that makes the most sense for them. So the participant actually creates the category for the cards.

In closed sorting the participant is given the cards and each one has a set of possible grouping. The participant places the cards in the group that makes the most sense.

Websort.net is free online application that allowed the information architect to conduct this research remotely.