Posts in ‘OptimalSort’

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How we used card sorting to design a Style Guide for web developers and UX designers

At Wynyard, we’re bringing UX to the frontline of our product teams. One of our first steps towards UX integration is to create UX style guide that our web developers and designers can look to for styling, components and patterns. Here’s how we used card sorting as part of this project.

97 tags, 37 categories, 172 remote participants: How we’re taming our blog with card sorting

We’re taking you behind the scenes to show you how we’re improving our blog structure using open card sorting.

Baby, You Can Park My Car: A vehicular taxonomy mystery

I recently moved desks at work and found myself lucky enough to score a window seat (yay!). The view is a pleasure, but an extra joy was the research question it sparked in my mind within a few days of moving. My new desk overlooks a large open air car park (200+ spaces) in the heart of the busy Canberra CBD.…

Moderated Card Sorts VS Online Card Sorts — why you need both

Have you ever suggested doing an online card sort and been told no ‘because the conversation in the room is the most valuable part of a card sort’? I have. Repeatedly. I decided it was time someone actually tested that theory. So when the opportunity came up at work, I jumped on the chance to run this experiment. My research task…

Development update from Optimal Workshop

You may have noticed we’ve been gradually rolling out design and usability improvements over the past couple of months. Most notably, Chalkmark has a new image uploader and Treejack has a new tree editor. What you won’t have seen are the huge, behind-the-scenes changes that have been taking place at the same time. We’re actually in the midst of making…

Meow! Check out these CATegories from our CatSort survey

We may not have discovered the secret to eternal youth, or a solution to climate change, or…well, anything of any value at all to anyone. But at least we’ve gained some insight into how people intuitively group cats. And that’s what you’re here to find out, right? We recently ran an OptimalSort cat pictures survey. For a card sort, any number of…

The Taxonomy of Cats — Take the survey and see the results

We’re running an OptimalSort survey to find out how you, the web-reading public, will categorize cats. Take part and watch the results unfold…

Comparing Open and Hybrid Card Sorts with Tripadvisor.com

Millions of young people across the US and Canada are gearing up for the fun-filled week called Spring Break. Traditionally coeds flock to sun-drenched beach and tropical destinations, like Daytona Beach or Panama City, but others might be looking for slightly less overpopulated and more exotic locales, such as Egypt or Bali. Major travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity are…

Optimal Workshop welcomes WebSort and PlainFrame users!

Today we have exciting and emotional news. Optimal Workshop has acquired WebSort and PlainFrame, two tools for card sorting and tree testing respectively. We’re really excited to be welcoming so many new users to Optimal Workshop on one day. Welcome! On Monday the 3rd of March, we will retire the WebSort and PlainFrame UIs—everyone will be upgraded to Optimal Workshop.…

Hybrid card sorting

 New feature added to OptimalSort today: the Hybrid card sorting option. What’s does this new feature do? When creating a new survey in OptimalSort, you are asked to choose a card sort type in the ‘Categories’ tab. Before today, you only had two options to choose from; Open and Closed card sorting. Open card sorting allows participants to create and…