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I don't have a UX background, so forgive me if I am missing something. I am working on a small demo, to explore browsing a list of items (movies) combined with faceted search.

I was wondering what the options for interaction are when a new user comes to this page looking for an item:

  • In order to give access to movies quickly, I was thinking to have a general 'genres filter' to the left. When a user clicks on it, she can then further refine the search.

  • If a user wants to compare movies from different genres, it would be necessary to allow multiple categories to be selected.

  • Apart from this, some search would need to help the user to find a movie given certain criteria.

Now, I was wondering:

  • Would it be good to provide faceted search from the start?
  • How would the user expect to interact with facets?
  • What data of facets should be displayed? When?
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If by faceted search you mean allowing multiple filters, it is a good idea to do that in your scenario.

In your demo you have filtering based on genre and the sub-filtering based on ratings. I would suggest converting it into checkboxes and separating the filters:

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thanks for your feedback. the mockup makes it very clear. ok, I'll rewrite some parts of the UI. –  poseid May 5 '13 at 21:16
    
new demo here: moviesdb.herokuapp.com –  poseid May 5 '13 at 23:16
    
@poseid Couple things: If you use > in the genres, it means it's a menu item of sort. Replace that with a check-box. Also, in the filtering by rating, rather than limiting by 5,4,3,2,1 you should make it 5, 4 or higher, 3 or higher, 2 or higher, 1 or higher. –  rk. May 5 '13 at 23:22

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