Just a quick shout out that on July 1st I’ll be presenting a tutorial at the IRF Conference in Vienna. This is part of a day of tutorials that precedes the main conference. I’ve not been to the IRF conference before, so am looking forward to it. Also I like the look of the tutorial immediately preceding mine – I’m tempted to arrive early and gatecrash it🙂
My tutorial will be slightly longer than usual this time, as I’ll be including a new exercise that I piloted at ECIR in April (which I’m pleased to say went down rather well). I’m keeping it a secret for now – if I told you how it works it would spoil the experience – but I’ve appended the abstract below (and the full description is available from the conference website).
Hope to see you there!
Designing the Search Experience: Half-day tutorial
The aim of this tutorial is to deliver a learning experience grounded in good scholarship, integrating the latest research findings with insights derived from the practical experience of designing and optimizing an extensive range of commercial search applications. It focuses on the development of transferable, practical skills that can be learnt and practiced within a half-day session.
Participants in this tutorial will:
- Explore the fundamental concepts and principles of Human-Centred Design for information search and discovery
- Study models of human information-seeking behavior (e.g. Bates, Belkin, Jarvelin & Ingwersen, Marchionini, Norman, Sutcliffe & Ennis, etc.), and how to apply interaction design principles based on those models
- Learn how to differentiate between various types of search behaviour: known-item, exploratory, lookup, learning, investigation, etc. and understand how they may be combined to form composite search strategies and patterns
- Develop an understanding of the key dimensions of user type, goal and mode of interaction, and how to apply these dimensions when designing for different user contexts
- Understand the role of design patterns, and how to apply UI design principles and patterns from various libraries in designing search user interfaces
- Gain an awareness of the key design resources available within the HCIR community and how to apply these to practical design challenges