“Search Patterns: Design for Discovery“

Peter Morville and Jeffery Callender recently released their brand new book “Search Patterns: Design for Discovery“.  A full interview with him can be found on Johnny Holland.

Some things that he says, that are of interest to a ‘search’ related library function are given below:

How do you see the findability of large scale gestural interfaces (i.e. The ‘Minority Report’ Interface) working in the future?

I’m very interested in gestural interaction, and we include examples in the book from the activation of Google Voice Search (raise your iPhone to your ear) to the augmented reality of Yelp Monocle (query the world by wandering). Undoubtedly, large scale gestural interfaces will offer us surprising new ways to interact with digital and physical objects such as images, video cameras, and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). That said, absent a great leap forward in the technology of the human brain, it will remain as important as ever to make key features easy to use and discover. In fact, I predict that the large scale gestural interfaces of the future will sport a search box as a starting point, even in 2054.

I predict that the large scale gestural interfaces of the future will sport a search box as a starting point, even in 2054.

Search Patterns

More findability related issues

Another interesting blog to read on search is of Stijn Debrouwere, a Belgian information architect, has published a long Peter Morville-inspired post on findability related issues.

“The majority of people visiting a news website don’t care about the front page. They might have reached your site from Google while searching for a very specific topic. They might just be wandering around. Or they’re visiting your site because they’re interested in one specific event that you cover. This is big. It changes the way we should think about news websites.

We need ambient findability. We need smart ways of guiding people towards the content they’d like to see — with categorization and search playing complementary goals. And we need smart ways to keep readers on our site, especially if they’re just following a link from Google or Facebook, by prickling their sense of exploration.

Pete Bell recently opined that search is the enemy of information architecture. That’s too bad, because we’re really going to need great search if we’re to beat Wikipedia at its own game: providing readers with timely information about topics they care about.”

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Check also his earlier posts this month:
– Navigation headaches
– We’re in the information business
– The basic unit of information

Source: modernthings


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