Structure laying technology

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Structure laying techniques are methods from the evaluation of usable products and systems . You need (index) cards and a potential user with a good ability to abstract. The user should create an action-oriented structure using the cards . The cards should either be labeled with terms that the user names or with prepared terms and functions.


Structuring requires little preparation. The implementation and evaluation is also not very time-consuming.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • You can compare the results of different users directly
  • The user's ideas can be captured


  • Unplanned functions can be constructed


  • S. Heinsen and P. Vogt (eds.): Practical implementation of usability: Manual for software, web, mobile devices and other interactive products. Hanser, Munich, Vienna 2003, ISBN 3-446-22272-3