I have been asked to come up with an interface for a website that stores information about certifications and companies who hold those certifications.
From the search logs I know users mostly search for a type of certificate but also will search for a particular company to see what certificates they hold. The problem is that the results pages will be completely different. I know that if users look for a certificate they need to be able to view and filter a list of records with attributes relevant to certificates. If users look for a company they need to be able to view and filter a list of records with attributes relevant to companies. The two sets of attributes are, unfortunately, mutually exclusive and this is why I think the best approach is two types of result screen.
My question: is using two types of result screen the only option or am I missing something?