Im trying to think of a way to visually make grouping 'a set of businesses' more interesting. The only examples I can think of are the google circles, the iphone app group functionality (having a snap of the icon but in this case the providers picture). Other than that, its mostly cliche folders.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Can you define interesting ?
    – Mervin
    Dec 29, 2011 at 23:53
  • What happens before and after grouping?
    – dnbrv
    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:28
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    Google circles is basically just a minimal but pretty interface onto non-overlapping set theory. Start thinking from that, not from Google Circles Dec 30, 2011 at 8:48
  • Perhaps adapt ideas from some of my other answers about allocating relationships example 1 example 2 example 3 Dec 30, 2011 at 14:17
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    Why do you need to visually make grouping "more interesting", what is the job the user needs to get done with this interface?
    – Tom
    Jan 25, 2012 at 7:21

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I might try and group them based on the context of the situation. I don't know what kind of businesses you're working with but if, for example, you were trying to logically group plumbers and electricians I might group the plumbers' icons with sections of copper pipe and the electricians with wiring or circuit diagrams. This would work for grouping things into any sort of predefined categories. If users can define their own groups, perhaps they could drag and drop icons into groups that connect themselves with a customizable web of varying color and texture (e.g. neon bendy-glowstick, red yarn, or wood segments).

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