Just a quick shout out that on Tues May 14 I’ll be leading a workshop at Enterprise Search Europe on the subject of Search Interface Design. It’ll be held at the Hilton London Olympia, and will consist of a mix of formal presentations, group work and discussion. Above all, it’s a chance to discuss with like-minded folks your own challenges in the world of search interface design and usability, and to share ideas, best practices and solutions. I’ve appended a longer abstract below. If you have any queries, just drop me a line.
Hope to see you there!
A key driver for change in the enterprise search community is the expectation that search engines should do more than simply deliver ten blue links. A focus on relevance, speed and other quantitative metrics may have worked up to now, but if the user experience isn’t right, it’s wasted effort. For your users, the system *is* the interface.
In this workshop we’ll look in look at how to:
- Differentiate between various types of search behaviour: known-item, exploratory, lookup, learning, investigation, etc.
- Understand the dimensions of search user experience and how to apply them to different contexts
- Apply design patterns and other key resources in solving practical design problems
We’ll include a mix of formal presentations and group discussion to enable delegates to analyse, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of search applications within their own organisation. Join us and bring your own search usability challenges!