This presentation grew out of my experience working with an information architecture that was incomplete and lacked generative research to understand the users. I was tasked with finding ways to validate the IA while providing useful user insight for future design changes. To meet the goal, I studied card sorts in depth and developed useful techniques for problems that often arise but are seldom discussed.
I also explored the use of other IA validation techniques such as task-based tree tests and click tests to complement and cross-validate card sort findings. Through the use of mixed methodology within-subject study design, card sort data can be more easily understood and validated by the outcomes of tree tests and click tests.
This presentation will provide practitioners with information about card sorting in advanced situations. Specifically it will cover card sorting when applied to complex hierarchies, multiple audiences, and information architecture validation.