Designing for Discovery with Faceted Navigation

This workshop will be given as part of UX London. Register for UX London to take part in this workshop.


Workshop Description

Faceted navigation has become very popular in the last decade. It’s seen as way to improve the findability of information on many sites, particularly those with large collections of products or documents. The design of real-world faceted navigation systems, however, proves to be more intricate than people first assume, and designers must be aware of many details.

This workshop covers principles of faceted classification and shows you how to use facets in web design. Many examples of faceted navigation will be presented and discussed. A clear, structured framework for understanding the individual components is presented to help you understand all the decisions involved. The topics are brought to life through several hands-on exercises.

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  • Using facets. After a brief overview of facets, we’ll discuss how to plan out their implementation.
  • Interface design. You’ll learn about the layout, display, and interaction with facets in detail. We’ll examine real-world examples, and you’ll apply what you’ve learnt in hands-on exercises.
  • Advanced topics. You will also be exposed to advanced topics in faceted navigation design, selecting multiple values, grouping, and more.


“James delivers a range of highly valuable and relevant strategies in his workshops in a clear, friendly and engaging manner. You’ll walk away feeling motivated and inspired to put them into use.” – Steven Briffa, Macquarie University, Australia (Apr 2011)

“James very effectively surfaced the key design challenges in a lively, engaging, coherent style.” – Tony Russell-Rose, Manager of UX at Endeca (Feb 2011)

“If you are interested to know more about designing web navigation and information architecture, James’ workshops are definitely the right answer. They are practical and clear.” –Serenella Bardeggia, Information Architect (Feb 2011)

“James demonstrates excitement for his profession and, with this, opens new perspectives for work in web design. The methods presented are practical and immediately usable. My participation in the workshops was really worth it.“ – Jürgen Mirbach, Partner, ICOM GmbH (2009)

“The content was well prepared and very practical through the numerous examples. I liked the inclusion of references to read later. A valuable seminar overall.“ – Professor Dr. Uwe Klug, Technical College of Westphalia, Germany (2009)

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