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Hearst, M. (2006). Design recommendations for hierarchical faceted search interfaces. ACM SIGIR Workshop on Faceted Search, 1–5.
This paper presents interface design recommendations for faceted navigation systems, based on 13 years of experience in experimenting with and evaluating such designs.
Yee, K.-P., Swearingen, K., Li, K., & Hearst, M. (2003). Faceted Metadata for Image Search and Browsing. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 401–408. https://doi.org/10.1145/642611.642681
There are currently two dominant interface types for searching and browsing large image collections: keyword-based search, and searching by overall similarity to sample images. We present an alternative based on enabling users to navigate along conceptual dimensions that describe the images. The interface makes use of hierarchical faceted metadata and dynamically generated query previews. A usability study, in which 32 art history students explored a collection of 35,000 fine arts images, compares this approach to a standard image search interface. Despite the unfamiliarity and power of the interface (attributes that often lead to rejection of new search interfaces), the study results show that 90% of the participants preferred the metadata approach overall, 97% said that it helped them learn more about the collection, 75% found it more flexible, and 72% found it easier to use than a standard baseline system. These results indicate that a category-based approach is a successful way to provide access to image collections.
English, J., Hearst, M., Sinha, R., Swearingen, K., & Yee, K.-P. (2002). Hierarchical Faceted Metadata in Site Search Interfaces. CHI ’02 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 628–639. https://doi.org/10.1145/506443.506517
One of the most pressing usability issues in the design of large web sites is that of the organization of search results. A previous study on a moderate-sized web site indicated that users understood and preferred dynamically organized faceted metadata over standard search. We are now examining how to scale this approach to very large collections, since it is difficult to present hierarchical faceted metadata in a manner appealing and understandable to general users. We have iteratively designed and tested interfaces that address these design challenges; the most recent version is receiving enthusiastic responses in ongoing usability studies.
Hearst, M., Elliott, A., English, J., Sinha, R., Swearingen, K., & Yee, K.-P. (2002). Finding the flow in web site search. Communications of the ACM, 45(9), 42–49. https://doi.org/10.1145/567498.567525
Designing a search system and interface may best be served (and executed) by scrutinizing usability studies.