Here are the slides from the talk I gave at UX Brighton a week or so ago, as part of the Designing the Search Experience meeting. Some of the builds don’t come out quite right on Slideshare, but I can always make the ppt available if people want to see the original. I’m hoping to present an update on the “Modes of Discovery” material at the forthcoming Designing Effective Search and Discovery Experiences tutorial in April.
Title: From Search to Discovery
Abstract: The landscape of the search industry is undergoing fundamental change. In particular, there is a growing realisation that the true value of search is best realised by embedding it a wider discovery context, so that in addition to facilitating basic lookup tasks such as known-item search and fact retrieval, support is also provided for more complex exploratory tasks such as comparison, aggregation, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and so on. Clearly, for these sorts of activity a much richer kind of interaction or dialogue between system and end user is required. This talk examines what forms this interactivity might take and discusses a number of principles and approaches for designing effective search and discovery experiences.