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I'd argue that left-hand search refining is not a universal system. Google places search refining immediately below the search bar: This very site places search refining on the right side of the page: If you need the left-hand space for more popular functions, then relocating the search refining tools will should not hinder experience significantly. ...


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Here's the only example I can come up with, from the current site of a client. The right column is for hits in a certain sub-section of their site. According to analytics, nobody clicks to the results in the right column. I imagine this is because the right column looks like an ad rather than results, and that the actual results are not listed there ("19 ...


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I'll disagree with others here. There are many use cases for displaying separated search results - but you've presented one that is superficially inappropriate. Many news sites use side by side searches on their home page and top level landing pages. E.g. Filtered searches for business, sports, world, etc. 3rd party Twitter clients often have side by ...


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Could you provide your reasoning for displaying two sets of search results? The fact you are struggling to find examples of this is a good indicator that it is probably not the best solution. By separating the results you are removing the control from the user, halving the web page real estate for displaying your search results and are creating potential ...


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What's the purpose of doing this? With a slightly better description of why you are doing it, may be slightly easier to find some results for you. Just having a quick look on the web I've found a couple of things. There's a report on 'Comparing Sets of Results in Context' that's a few years old but is a study into someone presenting information in ...


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This is a UX situation that occurs in many object-oriented or rich visual design programs where a visual objects onscreen have rich metadata. Examples: Computer Aided Design (CAD) for physical objects and systems Interior design (where materials and components may have a lot of metadata) Electrical circuit design Graphical programming languages (LabView, ...


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I think perhaps looking at how programs that allow you to create diagrams handles the properties of individual elements will point you in the right direction. For example, Microsoft Visio, Balsamiq and Gliffy are all programs that allow you to create diagrams by abstracting or hiding the details for creating and displaying the shapes from the user, but also ...


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Sounds like a good application of tagging! You could have a fixed set of tags that could be applied to each node, then a clickable list of those tags along one side or across the top, which serves as a filter. This could control highlighting for that category of nodes. Here's a (censored) example of Trello labels being used as tags: Similarly, tagging ...



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