I'm currently working on a project that requires
sorting and comparison of multiple parameters
associated to each product served up in a search
results page and I would love to get some opinions
from this community.
In my particular industry, the standard display for
this type of information is to display all of the
results in a sortable table, giving the user ability
to sort each column. IMO, the table seems a little
unwieldy and the results can be better accomplished
through a different interface that is closer to
ecommerce site patterns in place today.
I found one variation at c|net, where the Shopper.com
interface utilizes a filter function on the left hand
paired with a sort by box at the top. I'm currently
working on creating a wireframe around this idea, but
I'm wondering if other people have come across this
problem and have different design patterns they use.
I also have to ask, where is the line between
conventions of an ecommerce site like Amazon or
Shopper.com that is much more established and the
standard seemingly adopted by the entire industry for
a sortable table. Am I shooting myself in the foot by
not going with the flow here?