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In the context of the Web, what are Sort and Filter? Do designers and developers fully appreciate the difference? What about users? What are some common design patterns for Sort and Filter, and what ...

In the context of the Web, what are Sort and Filter? Do designers and developers fully appreciate the difference? What about users? What are some common design patterns for Sort and Filter, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Slides for an Ignite talk at the 2011 Internet User Experience Conference. October 11, 2011. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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    • 5 Whole Minutes About Sort and Filter
      Danielle Cooley @dgcooley
      IUE 2011
    • Sort, defined
      to place (records) in order, as numerical or alphabetical, based on the contents of one or more keys contained in each record
    • Like this:
    • Filter, defined
      a higher-order function that processes a data structure (typically a list) in some order to produce a new data structure containing exactly those elements of the original data structure for which a given predicate returns the boolean value true
    • Like this:
    • They are not the same.
      =/=
      Sort
      Filter
    • Yet many misuse the terms.
      !
    • Do users understand the difference?
      Probably not.
      But it doesn’t really matter.
      Somehow, filter has (mostly) evolved in a user-friendly way.
    • Sort – Link
    • Sort – Dropdown
    • Sort – Jigga-WHA?!
    • Sort – Sorting by the Usual Things…
      Price – high to low
      Price – low to high
      Name
      Review/Rating
      Popularity
      Bestsellers
      Best Match (?)
    • Sort – Sorting by Other Things…
      Bestsellers/Popularity
      Greatest % off
      New Arrivals
      “Featured”
    • Sort – Sorting by Specific Things…
      Publication Date
      Dimensions (all 3)
    • Sort – What’s the Default?
      Bestsellers/Popularity
      Greatest % off
      New Arrivals
    • Sort – Not Sorting
    • Filter – Single-Select (link)
    • Filter – Single-Select (dropdown)
    • Filter – Multi-Select (checkboxes)
    • Filter – Sliders