I'm designing a site that enables law firms to search law student profiles
to find job candidates, and have have to build the interface attorneys will
use to search the student profiles. I'm struggling with how to start the
search. Most fields have set values (state, law school name, law degree,
field of practice, state licensed in), and it seems we'd kick it off with
filters. There are about 15 such fields to search by, and we've got the
primary filters list down to 5 (those stated above). other filters will be
progressively disclosed. Searchers could use all 5 primary filters to yield
a focused results set - e.g., school name, practice area, state licensed in,
degree. Or, searchers could pick one or two filters to yield a large set
they can further winnow - e.g., state only.
I'm kinda stuck in the "search starts with a keyword entry box, or else it's
a trip planner" mental set. I want to see examples that aren't keyword or
trip planner searches, but don't have any in reach. Well, any that are good
examples. Can you point me to - or, share a shot of one you like - that
starts with filters? Or, offer me advice to help?
Jay A. Morgan
Information Architecture & Scenario-based design.
Design Patterns & Mental Models.