22 Jun 2010 - 4:40pm
6 years ago
2 replies

Horizontal Grouping GUI

I've been charged with designing a horizontal version of the attached graphic.

Think of the 'Conditions' area like the white text box where you type your search query in Google.

Pictured are 2 groups of items. The outer group (colored blue) has a right border that is blue with vertical lines and a triangle. This indicates it is an AND group. The inner group (colored green) has right border that is orangish with diagonal lines and a half-circle. This indicates it is an OR group.

30 Apr 2010 - 2:00pm

[Events] Enterprise Search Summit, NYC, May 11-12

If you are an experience design professional passionate about Search, you must attend the Enterprise Search Summit in NYC May 11-12. I have spoken on designing social search in the enterprise as well as designing search experiences a few times at this conference – and it really is the best conference around this problem space. Our good friend Peter Morville will be one of the keynote speakers talking about Search & Discovery Design Patterns. Again - this is pretty cool.

15 Apr 2010 - 10:59am
6 years ago
1 reply

Suggestive Search Pattern for reducing categorical options

Let's say you have a browsable hierarchical taxonomy of categories. These categories can be up to like 7 deep, and number in the hundreds. A user can expand and contract the various trees of categories. Clicking on one of the categories will take you to a page detailing the category.

1 Apr 2010 - 10:45am
6 years ago
10 replies

Industrial Designers Switch to HCI


I originally posted to this portal because I was looking for oppurtunities to expand on my Interior and Industrial Design experience.

22 Mar 2010 - 10:10pm
6 years ago
9 replies

Best Bets in search results - integrated or separate?

Hi all

About to design a search results page for a site search, which will include Best Bets (results that are promoted manually for particular search terms). I'd appreciate your thoughts on whether the Best Bets should be:

  • integrated into the 'organic' search results, or
  • shown separately, in the same way that Google and other search engines show their paid results separately from the paid results.


The Best Bets are not ads - they are an attempt to provide better results for the user.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:58pm
4 years ago
32 replies

Search as Navigation

Does anyone have good examples of sites that use search as the primary mode of navigation? Also, any examples where search is more prominent but a traditional IA still exists?

26 Feb 2010 - 6:03pm
Nasir Barday

Peter Morville - The Future of Search

Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. It’s a wicked problem of terrific consequence and a radically cross-disciplinary, creative challenge. In this talk, we’ll define a pattern language for search that embraces user psychology and behavior, multisensory interaction, and emerging technology. We’ll identify design principles that apply across the categories of web, e-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and realtime.

15 Feb 2010 - 7:17am
6 years ago
6 replies
Andy Polaine

Location/Geographic Search Design Patterns

Hi folks,

I'm working on a project that requires users to be able to search
for a teacher or school (for yoga, but that's not really important)
within their neighbourhood.

18 Jan 2010 - 9:07am
6 years ago
10 replies

Browse or Search


I am working on a digital music site and today our team got into a
debate regarding the functionality of 'Browsing Artist -
Alphabetically' on the Homepage.

Although our Search functionality is pretty tight with predictive
drop-down with first 3 characters and refreshes as the user types in,
we were thinking if Browse Artist by Alphabetical order can give that
value in discovering new Artists..

Most of the music sites (Mog, emusic and so on..) has the Browse
Artist with Alphabetical order, I still wonder what kind of use cases
would strongly demand Browsing Artists by Alphabetical or

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