Design examples for pre-filtering search results?

7 months ago from , User Experience Designer

I'm looking for design inspiration and best practices for filtering a large data set by pre-selected criteria (eg. data range, a location, from an item selected from a list, etc.).

This is for an enterprise app that gives users the ability to create reports and extract specific results from a large database.

I've seen a bunch of faceted search examples, but in this case, the criteria for the results are determined before the results are displayed. Something like an advanced search UI, but good god do I want to avoid creating something like that if possible.


  • Joseph BarrientosJoseph Barrientos, 7 months ago

    I agree with Jon, large marketplaces do a great job of dividing up content. Take the app or play store for example, there are over 20 categories with at least 3-5 sub categories within. I would avoid most ecom driven examples but media would probably do well (videos, news, music etc)

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  • Jon MooreJon Moore, 6 months ago

    I think you can draw a lot of inspiration from apps with lots of curated collections of objects.

    Smart iTunes playlists, for example, are just pre-filtered collections of songs which meet certain criteria.

    Maybe try searching for "curation" or "curated content" on Dribbble? Might lead to some good inspo. Pre-canned filter sets are an awesome way to make enterprise apps with millions of data objects feel less...enterprisey.

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