Time period in navigation

3 Apr 2009 - 5:28am
5 years ago
2 replies
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Kordian Piotr Klecha
2008

Hi,

I am working on solution for a books-focused site, which publicate lots of
announcements (50-100 new books per day).

The problem is how to design filtering announcements by time period
(supposing that subject-filtering is already done): user may be interested
in books published on specific day, week, month and lots of combinations
(e.g. "books published in last month or announced for next two weeks").

Which solution would you suggest? Simple inputs/calendars?
GoogleAnalytics-like calendars? Timeline with two sliders*? Two sets of
simple options (like: "today", "yesterday", "this week", "this month"... /
"tomorrow", "next week"...)?

Examples would be also appreciated.

Greetings,
KPK

* sth like:
http://interface.fh-potsdam.de/infodesignpatterns/patterndetail.php?pattern=116

Comments

5 Apr 2009 - 8:14am
DrWex
2006

My guess is that a time input this complex isn't easily answered. You
should probably build some prototypes and test, as well as checking
with your potential users as to what kinds of time inputs they are
familiar with and expect.

Another relevant question will be how often this needs to be done. If
it's infrequent (as in a google calendar appointment) then a visual
click-based UI might work well. For frequent users consider making
keyboard shortcuts (e.g. l (ell) 30 meaning 'last 30 days').

If you provide multiple means of input ask the developers to put in
simple counters to keep track of which method(s) get used the most.

Best,
--Alan

5 Apr 2009 - 5:45pm
Jarod Tang
2007

Sorry, a side question.
What's the scenario that the people want to browse by peorieod from
you design research?

Cheers,
- jarod

On 4/3/09, Kordian Piotr Klecha <kpklecha at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I am working on solution for a books-focused site, which publicate lots of
> announcements (50-100 new books per day).
>
> The problem is how to design filtering announcements by time period
> (supposing that subject-filtering is already done): user may be interested
> in books published on specific day, week, month and lots of combinations
> (e.g. "books published in last month or announced for next two weeks").
>
> Which solution would you suggest? Simple inputs/calendars?
> GoogleAnalytics-like calendars? Timeline with two sliders*? Two sets of
> simple options (like: "today", "yesterday", "this week", "this month"... /
> "tomorrow", "next week"...)?
>
> Examples would be also appreciated.
>
> Greetings,
> KPK
>
> * sth like:
> http://interface.fh-potsdam.de/infodesignpatterns/patterndetail.php?pattern=116
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