In Covert’s book: How to make sense of any mess, he mentioned that “The way you organize says a lot about you.” How people think are different. As a designer, we shouldn’t put our own thinking path onto our users. It’s important to analyze how the users would think and what path they would take. In Spencer’s paper, he mentioned that “Context Matters”, which I agree a lot. The context changes user’s goals, and accordingly, the organization methods should be consider those possiblities. In Colborne’s book, he showed a picture of a path designed for people to walk and another path on grass that is stepped by people. The picture is interesting and tells a lot about the importance of knowing users while design. Also during design, it’s always good to do some usability tests, and see if the ongoing design matches users’ mental model.
Experienced designers recognize patterns. There are many ways for organization, such as Alphabet, time, space, location, layer, color, and in which way would fit into what situation depends on designer’s judgements, and that’s a pattern worth learning.