Information design using card sorting Written by James Robertson, published February 19th, 2001 Categorised under: articles, usability & information architecture At the beginning of any information design exercise, it is normal to be confronted by a very long list of potential subjects to include. While careful investigation and analysis of the information may reveal some clues, it can be virtually impossible to determine which topics should be grouped together. The difficulty in organising the content stems from a lack of knowledge about how real users make use of this information. A card sorting session can go a long way towards resolving this problem. What is card sorting? In essence, card sorting works as follows: Write down each topic on a filing (index) card. This is a very simple, and often very effective, method of working with users to come up with a usable design. It should be noted, however, that a card sorting exercise does not produce a finished information design. Why use this method? Simple, and well understood.
10 mobile health diabetes management companies Mathew discusses LifeScan's prototype iPhone BGM app in 2009 In early 2009 at an iPhone 3.0 launch event, Apple demonstrated how a LifeScan blood glucose meter could connect to the iPhone. Anita Mathew from LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, demonstrated the prototype iPhone application that would let users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors direclty to their iPhone. The app would let users send their readings and a message about how they’re feeling to caregivers like their parents, children or physician. The app could even estimate, based on diet, how much insulin is needed after each meal. “So imagine the possibilities,” Apple’s SVP of iPhone Software Scott Forstall said at the time. And it was. While we have yet to see the LifeScan BGM iPhone companion app launch, a number of other companies have launched apps and devices like it. Telcare Telcare’s diabetes offering is the Telcare BGM, a 3G-enabled blood glucose meter.
Card Sorting | Usability Body of Knowledge The card sorting method is used to generate information about the associations and grouping of specific data items. Participants in a card sort are asked to organize individual, unsorted items into groups and may, depending on the technique, also provide labels for these groups. In a user-centered design process, it is commonly used when developing a site architecture but has also been applied to developing workflows, menus, toolbars, and other elements of system design. Sorting and grouping have long been studied within psychology and the research dates back at least to the 1950s. Card Sorting Project Management (4) A project plan takes into account the approach the team will take and helps the team and stakeholders document decisions made regarding the objective, scope, schedule, resources, and... Creating an interdisciplinary team with the right mix of skills is vital to the smooth and successful execution of any project. Team members may be able to cover multiple roles or there may... Use your kick-off meeting to discuss the business case related to the site, the vision and mission based on user and organizational goals, and the vision for the site moving forward. Website requirements are a list of necessary functions, capabilities, or characteristics related to your website and the plans for creating it. User Research (14) When reporting results from a usability test, you should focus primarily on your findings and recommendations that are differentiated by levels of severity. Usability Evaluation (14) Information Architecture (4) User Interface Design (4)
Diabetes Software Advancements in technology will continue to help us improve our monitoring and control of diabetes. Diabetes software continues to get better and better and incorporate these advancements, such as the smartphone market. We have listed a number of diabetes related software programs below, including smartphones, desktop and online software. Online | Mobile | Mac & Windows | Mac Only | Windows Only Online Resources Diasend is an online data management system for uploading data from various glucose meters, Animas insulin pumps, and Descom CGMs.Lifebringer is a Diabetes management tool made for Diabetics that keeps track of blood sugar/glucose tests, A1C records, and test strips. Mobile Software Multiple Systems Insulin Pump Timer reminds you when to refill insulin, change infusion sets, or do other repetitive tasks. iPhone There are many Diabetes related apps in the Itunes App Store. iBGStar is the app for the iBGStar meter. Blackberry Android Palm OS Windows Mobile Separate Devices Mac and Windows
Card Sorting Card sorting is a method used to help design or evaluate the information architecture of a site. In a card sorting session, participants organize topics into categories that make sense to them and they may also help you label these groups. To conduct a card sort, you can use actual cards, pieces of paper, or one of several online card-sorting software tools. Benefits of Card Sorting Card sorting will help you understand your users' expectations and understanding of your topics. Build the structure for your website Decide what to put on the homepage Label categories and navigation Open and Closed Card Sorting Depending on your needs, you may choose to do an open or closed card sort. Open Card Sort: Participants are asked to organize topics from content within your website into groups that make sense to them and then name each group they created in a way that they feel accurately describes the content. You may also choose to try a combination of the two. Choosing a Technique Prepare the cards
Planning And Implementing Website Navigation - Smashing Magazine Advertisement The thing that makes navigation difficult to work with in Web design is that it can be so versatile. Navigation can be simple or complex: a few main pages or a multi-level architecture; one set of content for logged-in users and another for logged-out users; and so on. Because navigation can vary so much between websites, there are no set guidelines or how-to’s for organizing navigation. Designing navigation is an art in itself, and designers become better at it with experience. Organizing Navigation Structure Perhaps the most difficult part about navigation on the Web is organizing and designing it. Primary vs. Most websites, especially those with a lot of content or functionality, need navigation menus. 1SpeckyBoy2 You might assume that the primary and secondary navigations are marked in a wrong way on the image above, but I believe that this is not the case. Primary navigation stands for the content that most users are interested in. Information Architecture: Card Sorting
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