Ashlea McKay

Ashlea McKay is a Senior User Experience (UX) writer, researcher and keynote speaker with a background in industrial design. Ashlea is also Autistic and has held state and national level volunteer leadership positions in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Ashlea is the Chief Columnist and Co-Founder of UX advice column, UX Agony Aunt which can be viewed on the Optimal Workshop blog. A well respected UX thought leader, she is passionate about mentoring and is heavily involved in the global UX community. Ashlea is currently writing a book about her experiences and ideas as an Autistic UX professional. Based in Canberra Australia, Ashlea is an art and craft obsessed cat lady with a love of vintage fashion who missed her calling as a hairdresser.

The information architecture of libraries part 2:  Library of Congress Classification

We're taking another look at libraries and information architecture. In this second part of the series, it's the Library of Congress Classification system's...

The information architecture of libraries part 1:  Dewey Decimal Classification

We take a look at one of the most popular library classification systems: the Dewey Decimal System! See what we found in our card sort, and have a play around...

Website review: IKEA US

We put the IKEA US website to the test (tree test, that is!) using Treejack. Read on to see how we did it and the findings we came up with in the end.

10 information architecture traps we all fall into: Part 2

In part 2 of this series, Ashlea discusses 5 more information architecture traps that we can all easily fall into and how to avoid them.

Form review: IRS US Individual Income Tax Return 2016 Form

Nobody really likes filling in tax forms, especially when they're as confusing as this one from the IRS! Check out this first-click test we ran on a form.

10 information architecture traps we all fall into: Part 1

Whether you're a beginner UXer or a bit more experienced, it can be super easy to fall into any of these 10 information architecture traps.

Ready for take-off: Best practices for creating and launching remote user research studies

So you've created a study and you're about to hit that launch button. Before you do, check out some of these best practices for launching remote user studies!

Best practices for creating a tree test

Thinking of creating a tree test for your information architecture? Make sure you read these best practices before you get started!

Website review: Sephora US website footer

We take a look at global beauty giant Sephora using both Treejack and OptimalSort together. Except this time, we're just testing the footer of the US website!

Website review: ASOS

This week we used Treejack and OptimalSort together to test ASOS — a giant online shopping website for clothing and accessories. Check out what we found here!