I've been struggling to come up with a filtering and navigation solution. Below is a screenshot of what I've sketched out so far. A quick background on my situation:
This part of the application displays information about one computer or many computers. Users are able to view information on over 4,000 computers. To keep things clean I've opted for a sidebar that can hide and reveal itself. Within the sidebar, the user is presented with 4 main interactions:
- Grouping the computers by operating system, network groups, etc.
- Search for a specific computer.
- Filter computers through options located within in the "Filter" tab in the sidebar.
- The sidebar is multi-level. For example, when the user selects "Windows XP", the sidebar will reveal all 2,000 computers with this option. They will then be able to select a specific computer to view further information.
As I mentioned previously, this is what I've come up with so far.
My reasons for placing the filters in a sidebar that hides and shows itself is that the the content area would not have enough space to accommodate a static sidebar.
Any advice, tips, or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!