Friday, February 1st, 2008

Seek or Show: Two Design Paradigms for Lots of Data

Category: Design, Usability

Bill Scott clued me in to this interesting first post from Theresa Neil on two design paradigms for handling large amounts of data:

  • The Seek Paradigm: Have the user ask for what they want.
  • The Show Paradigm: Display everything up front, and let the user explore and organize it.
  • “The first is usually more prevalent on the web. The latter usually more prevalent on desktop or deeper web applications. Theresa lists 10 different patterns illustrating Seek and Show.”

    She details both paradigm with very nice real world examples.

    Seek or Show

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