Google Insights for Interaction Design

11 Aug 2008 - 3:11am
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Yohan Creemers
2008

The infosthetics.com blog drew my attention to Google Insights for Search, a service that allows users to compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories & time frames.

I couldn't help typing in the search terms 'interaction design':
http://google.com/insights/search/#cat=&q=interaction%20design

I was surprised to see my home country (The Netherlands) listed as fourth and the US not appearing in the Top 10. How should I explain these figures? Are there relatively many people working in the IxD field in The Netherlands or are Dutch designers so far behind their peers in the US that they need to search more for knowledge?

Regards,
Yohan.

21 OCT 2008: Conference on Interaction Design
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11 Aug 2008 - 7:13am
Andy Edmonds
2004

Heh, you see the same thing in India for SEO. I bet this is the result
of normalization of term frequencies across markets.

India has a high degree of out-sourcing in web development and seo and
I'm guessing NL has a pretty strong design community. This hypothesis
made a bit more sense for India, where overall consumer usage of the net
is low compared to the US.

There are also some seemingly anomalous downward trends:
http://flickr.com/photos/andyed/2738558736/

USABILITY IS DOOMED by Insight's report with a steady downward trend.
If so, then so is UX, human factors, and HCI.

In this case, one can also look to normalization over total query volume
as the net becomes more diversified across human interests and less
centered on tech.

-A

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