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Sorting . . .

In an effort to organize the universe, we sort.  But why do we sort? To find. To understand. To differentiate.

pajama sorting at the Tucson Savers

How is your closet sorted? By type of clothes – sports, work, gardening? By color? Season? Favorites at the front, less favorites on the floor way in the back? How fast can you find what you are looking for in your closet? Retailers would like you to find what you want right away at their store. Sometimes, sorting sidles right up next to marketing in a retail setting, answering the question, “How can we get our product in your hands within 3 minutes?”

the wall of shoes at the Tucson Savers

A sorting system can use multiple ways of organizing. This wall of shoes ran almost the entire length of the Savers store in Tucson  – and was a visual feast of color, pattern and geometry. But when you are looking for shoes, what is the most important parameter of your search? Size.

the perfect shoe in the right size

And what a joy to discover that at Savers,  searching the 100+ foot wall of shoes is manageable because sorting is both by style and size. Amazing. And profound. Making the search process user friendly. It was the take-away lesson from the friendly folks at Savers: make it easy to search – and find. Keep a presence in the mind and heart of the user, anticipate their needs and keep the solutions simple.


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  1. linniesbluff
    January 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

    That picture is truly a “perfect shoe”. I know some young ladies in Pasadena that could use a shoe like that. Isn’t the type of sorting your referring to “sight” sorting. What about online inventories. Isn’t there profound differences between when we can see things and when they are hidden, like on the internet. Tangibles seems to be easy to sort. Intangibles are tougher to put into categories and by putting them into categories they become something different. Just some thoughts. Great pictures.

    • February 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Linniesbluff – you are always supplying me with food for thought. In fact, the hidden sorting system is fodder for a blog entry. Will you stay tuned?

  2. January 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    The way people sort, and how effective it is or isn’t, fascinates me.

  3. January 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I think there’s a part of the brain that does that. It sorts and shifts and finds patterns and creates order. (Unless you’re like me, who in the order loses things! I am better off in a messy, slightly disorganized room.)

  4. Kathi Jablonski
    January 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Love your photos!
    It was great spending 4 days with you.

    • February 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Ditto about spending 4 days with you! It feels like the velvet curtains are parting and a whole panorama of options are opening for you . . . your camera eye delights me. And I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you interact with Daniel and Paula. Keep going, my friend!

  5. January 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I sort, or rather call it organizing. It’s just what comes naturally.

    • February 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Charlene – I’ve looked at and appreciated your blog. You really have a talent for your sorting. Naturally!

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