About to start wire framing for a desktop app. The first screen will show a list of what we call “objects”. There are over 100 of them. We want the user to choose 1 and open it. Question to the forum is what is the best way to display all these options (objects) without cluttering the screen? I thought about a dropdown listing all of the objects but that’s a lot of scrolling.
Some options that ran through my head are:
- Offer a search window that allows the user to do an incremental/contextual search.
- Show letters A-Z… user clicks on a letter and it shows all those objects that start with that letter. Assuming they know the object they are looking for.
- Show 5 columns of 20 objects each in alphabetical order with radio buttons beside them. Left and right arrow keys to the side so they can jump page to page. Too busy?
- Show all 3 above. Too busy?
Open to any ideas that you think might be better. Thanks in advance.