5 by 3

Take on the world with a stack of 5 by 3 index cards – one way to get Web sites sorted before clicking on the Dreamweaver icon when building a moderately complex Web site.

This page describes card sorting techniques to help plan Web sites. Ideally card sorting can help define content – not so much functionality. You need to use a consistent granularity (does each card stand for a page, small section or main division of a Web site). You need between 30 and 100 cards – quite a large site.

Once the cards have been sorted, you might want to ask the sorters to walk through a typical task to verify the information domains.

All of this lends itself admirably to a lesson on information architecture for 16-19 student who are reluctant to summarise and write information.

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