How to Use Trello for Card Sorting

In a recent guest lecture about Effective User Interface Design, I used card sorting to teach the students about the concept of mental model mismatch and demonstrate how each of us has a different kind of taxonomic system in our heads. I opted to use Trello instead of the more traditional physical cards to cut costs and promote paperless workflows. Despite a bit of confusion in the beginning, it worked out well. Here’s how you can use Trello for card sorting—whether for face to face or remote card sorting exercises.

1. Sign up to Trello

Ask your participants to sign up to Trello, if they didn’t already have an account.