I have a sunburst chart with different filtering options. Like so: enter image description here

The user will be able to choose multiple areas to filter on. But how do I make it clear to the user WHAT he has been filtering on? enter image description here

The different selections have quite long names I’m afraid, which makes it more difficult. Each selection will also have a long “breadcrumb” of selections, like so: Green 2; Yellow 3; Red 2.

I would love to have something like this: enter image description here

To make it easy for the user to view his selected filters and also remove a filter

(There will be a legend that tells the user what each color mean)

  • I think your proposal isn't too bad, perhaps you can also add colours to the tags to make it easier to relate to the chart?
    – Michael Lai
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 22:26
  • Thank you for input! The problem is that de selected section eg. Iowa has some kind of "history". Say that the green section is a status filtering, so the different sections has the value of "high", "medium" and "low" and let’s say the yellow section has the value of a number. I’m afraid it won’t matter if I set the Iowa tag in some color since it is still missing important information, eg. Low>5>Iowa,
    – efrethe
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 6:51

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How about something along these lines?

When a section is toggled on/off, a corresponding label is deselected in a list/legend.

Adding checkboxes (or making the labels themselves clickable) to the list could add an additional way to filter. Might be easier to scan down a list and toggle on/off your filters than only having the option to hunt for them on the chart. I would still keep the chart sections toggle able too.

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