Navigating a large-scape application without filters is like browsing a library without a catalog. It’s impossible to find what you’re looking for if you can’t narrow it down by criteria.
Providing users with a set of criteria to choose from isn’t easy. The first challenge is figuring out the best page layout to display the input fields. The second is figuring out the optimal way for users to interact with them.
There are two common filter layouts: left sidebar or horizontal toolbar.
The advantage of a left sidebar is that it allows you to display more filters on the page without hiding the options. Since a page has infinite vertical space, you can stack them.
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