Affinity Diagrams and Clustering

         A few weeks ago we explored the concept of Design Thinking and how that can be carried out in order to better understand a users pain points and learn how to effectively address them. During the design thinking process, there is a brainstorming phase in which all the ideas surrounding user opinions, user needs, and design issues are brought to light. This can be a pretty overwhelming portion of the design phase, and brainstorming is something that can occur even outside of the design context. However, brainstorming can often become cluttered and overwhelming if there are too many ideas being thrown around. So, how do we organize all the great ideas we have so that we can figure out the best ones?

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Card Sort for Information Architecture Redesign

Do you think or know that navigating your website is less than ideal for your site visitors? If so, your Information Architecture (IA) may require a revamp. One of the most widely used research methods to uncover the answer is card sorting.

What is a Card Sort?

Card sorting is a popular technique (generative method) that can help you gain insights into how your users/site visitors think about the organization of your online content; it helps you understand their mental model. This research method can be conducted in-person (offline) or using an online tool. My colleague, Andrew Schall, our Director of User Research, wrote an article on the pros/cons of these two different data collection methods and when to use them.

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Taxonomy and Using Tree Tests to Optimize Site Navigation and Content Structure

September, 28 2015 | Research Methods, Card Sort & Tree Test

The word taxonomy is essentially defined as the study of general principles of scientific classification, or the orderly classification of things according to their presumed relationships. In other words, taxonomy is the process of describing how things are related by putting them in groups. So what does taxonomy have to do with user experience? Well, for a great deal of organizations, it’s everything.

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IA Issues? What do you do When Online Card Sorting is Not Enough?

Understanding how your users think about the organization of content.

If your users can’t find the information that they are seeking, it might as well not be there at all. An intuitive information architecture (IA) is a core part of a user’s experience, but how do you know what would make sense to them? 

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