Parallel Faceted Browsing

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Attending the interaction design lecture held by Anthony Jameson and Antti Oulasvirta in summer 2012, I worked in a team with fellow students to improve the concept of Parallel Faceted Browsing.

Parallel Faceted Browsing “makes it easy for a user to construct and view the results of multiple interrelated queries” [1].

At the beginning, we created a conceptual model of the initial idea of Parallel Faceted Browsing. Then, we used the tool CogTool to build a prototype based on the needs of two personas. During a study, it was demonstrated to six participants, who had to fill out a paper questionnaire and take part in a short interview afterwards.

Low-fidelity prototype for Max who wants to quickly cook something with paprikas or tomatoes in a pan

Low-fidelity prototype for Max who wants to quickly cook something with paprikas or tomatoes in a pan

Our input helped drawing up a paper explaining the general concept of Parallel Faceted Browsing [1]. A further improved version with the name Parallel Exploration is now being commercialised. For example, people interested in visiting Milan can explore the different points of interest on a website that uses this concept.

Reference

[1] Buschbeck, S., Jameson, A., Spirescu, A., Schneeberger, T., Troncy, R., Khrouf, H., Suominen, O. and Hyvönen, E., 2013, April. Parallel faceted browsing. In CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3023-3026). ACM.