I’m completely in love with this new commercial by Freschetta that demonstrates what “faceted filtering” would look like in the physical world.
Faceted filtering is a mechanism that allows the user to progressively reduce a large group of items by selecting the desired attributes from various dimensions (or facets) of those items
Note: faceting filtering is different from faceted navigation or browsing — while navigation is simply multiple entry points into viewing a large set of data, filtering is specifically the ability to pair down that list.
Resources to learn more about faceted filtering
- Best Practices for Designing Faceted Search Filters by Greg Nudelman – UXmatters
- User Interface Implementations of Faceted Browsing – Digital Web Magazine
- OfficeMax search results by Konigi
Examples of faceted filtering (within faceted navigation patterns)
If you have any other examples of faceted filtering in the real world, please share them in the comments!
[This is the beginning of what I hope will be an occasional series on my blog titled …in the Real World, in which I explain various design patterns and user interactions by illustrating how they would be implemented off the web]
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