In case you missed it last time (since it filled up pretty quickly), there’s another chance to catch my search usability tutorial in Edinburgh on April 24. I’ll be presenting a full day course called Search Usability: Filters and Facets, which focuses on faceted search and provides deeper coverage of the key topics along with a variety of new practicals and group exercises.
It’s also very competitively priced from just £170 per person – contrast that with a rate of ~£659 a day for this comparable offering!
For further details and registration, see the UKeIG website. In the meantime, I’ve appended further details below.
Hope to see you there!
Faceted search offers tremendous potential for transforming the search experience. It provides a flexible framework that can satisfy a wide variety of user needs, from simple fact retrieval to complex exploratory search. It is now the dominant interaction paradigm for most eCommerce sites and is being increasingly applied to a wide range of enterprise search applications.
However, with this power comes a challenge: what kinds of categorisation schemes are effective and how should we use them to support search and navigation? Above all, how can we deliver search applications that address a growing range of user needs without compromising usability?
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of search usability with a focus on the development of faceted navigation schemes that deliver search effectiveness and user satisfaction. Participants will:
- Explore the fundamental concepts of Human-Centred Design for information search and discovery
- Learn how to differentiate between various types of search behaviour: known-item, exploratory, lookup, learning, investigation, etc.
- Understand the dimensions of search usability and how to apply them to different user contexts
- Study the basic principles of faceted classification and how to use them to deliver effective search and navigation experiences
- The course will include both presentations and group work to enable delegates to analyse, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of search applications within their own organisation.
Who should attend:
Intranet/web managers, information architects, search specialists, developers and managers of search projects, or anyone who either has implemented or is planning to implement a search application and wants to maximise the usability and effectiveness of their investment.
Tony Russell-Rose is Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Before founding UXLabs he was Manager of User Experience at Endeca and editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library, a resource dedicated to best practice in the design of search and discovery experiences. Prior to this he was technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search. And before Reuters he was Group Manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services.
His academic qualifications include a PhD in human-computer interaction, an MSc in cognitive psychology and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors. He also holds the position of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University, London. He has published some 50+ scientific papers on search, user experience and text analytics, and is co-author of “Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery“, published by Elsevier in 2012.
Costs (including lunch and refreshments):
UKeiG members £170 + VAT at the current rate; others £210 + VAT at the current rate
- Designing Search Usability (tutorial at CHI 2013)
- Designing Search (part 6): Interacting with results
- New year, New book
- The Information Architecture of Discovery
- Search Solutions 2012: Highlights and Reflections