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Filter > Onscreen Filter

Onscreen Filter

Similar to the onscreen sort, the onscreen filter is displayed with the results or list of objects. With one tap, the filter is applied. HeyZap uses the standard toggle button bar, whereas Google uses vertical tabs.

HeyZap and Google

Figure 4-24. HeyZap and Google

CBS News and the ACL Festival app use a scrolling filter bar as a way to let users quickly hone in on certain types of articles and bands, respectively.

Don’t use this filter pattern for primary navigation, but instead use it to group and filter content. See Chapter 10, Metaphor Mismatch.

CBS News and Austin City Limits Music Festival

Figure 4-25. CBS News and Austin City Limits Music Festival

SXSW offers a filter button bar combined with a second row of filtering options. Feed a Fever news reader uses a super simple stylized set of comboboxes for filtering news feeds.

SXSW and Feed a Fever

Figure 4-26. SXSW and Feed a Fever

Note

Filter options should be clearly worded and easy to understand. Show the filters that are applied, or “on.”

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