Search interface design and usability

8 Dec 2009 - 8:48am
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Sam McLeod
2009

I have to do a presentation (at very short notice for a job interview)
on improvements to a search interface for clinical data. Does anybody
know of any useful resources that focus on the design and usability
of search interfaces. Thanks

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8 Dec 2009 - 10:03am
annemarie hofman
2009

2 very well known authors are; Jakob Nielsen and Steve Krug.
If you need academic resources, let me know.

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8 Dec 2009 - 10:46am
Anonymous

I found this article by John Ferrara to be very helpful before I started
working on Search.

http://boxesandarrows.com/view/search-behavior

He's got a couple others on Boxes & Arrows worth reading as well.

anne

new-bounces at ixda.org wrote on 12/08/2009 12:48:34 AM:

> I have to do a presentation (at very short notice for a job interview)
> on improvements to a search interface for clinical data. Does anybody
> know of any useful resources that focus on the design and usability
> of search interfaces. Thanks

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8 Dec 2009 - 10:55am
Mark Schraad
2006

pick up a copy of peter morville's Ambient Findability ... it's a quick
read chocked full of great information.

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http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Findability-Peter-Morville/dp/0596007655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260223795&sr=8-1
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> I have to do a presentation (at very short notice for a job interview)
> on improvements to a search interface for clinical data. Does anybody
> know of any useful resources that focus on the design and usability
> of search interfaces. Thanks
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8 Dec 2009 - 11:16am
Andy Edmonds
2004

Even better, Marti Hearst has published her recent book on search user
interfaces online!
http://searchuserinterfaces.com/

Marti is responsible for the amazing faceted navigation project called
Flamenco:
http://flamenco.berkeley.edu/pubs.html

> new-bounces at ixda.org wrote on 12/08/2009 12:48:34 AM:
>
> > I have to do a presentation (at very short notice for a job interview)
> > on improvements to a search interface for clinical data. Does anybody
> > know of any useful resources that focus on the design and usability
> > of search interfaces. Thanks
>
>

8 Dec 2009 - 11:16am
Alex Horstmann
2009

Smashing magazine published a good article on this very subject today:

Principles Of Effective Search In E-Commerce Design:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/08/principles-of-effective-e-commerce-search/

HTH

Akex

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8 Dec 2009 - 1:07pm
Dimiter Simov
2006

A few of articles on UX Matters
Faceted Search - Best Practices
http://uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/09/best-practices-for-designing-facete
d-search-filters.php

Make More Money: Best Practices for Ads in Search Results: Part 1 and 2
http://uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/10/make-more-money-best-practices-for-
ads-in-search-results-part-1.php
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/11/make-more-money-best-practices-
for-ads-in-search-results-part-2.php

Starting from Zero: Winning Strategies for No Search Results Pages
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/02/starting-from-zero-winning-stra
tegies-for-no-search-results-pages.php

Jarred Spool has published too
Producing Great Search Results: Harder than It Looks, Part 1 and 2
http://www.uie.com/articles/search_results/
http://www.uie.com/articles/search_results_part2/

Dimiter Simov
Lucrat Ltd. www.lucrat.net
Netage Solutions Inc. www.netagesolutions.com

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8 Dec 2009 - 10:07am
Francis Rowland
2009

You bet... specifically for search interfaces, you should have a look
at Marti Hearst's book "Search User Interfaces"

http://searchuserinterfaces.com/

Her book is also freely available (electronic) on that website...
which is cool, since it is a subject I am diving into at the moment!

good luck

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8 Dec 2009 - 10:35am
Leah Ellison
2009

I'm an avid Smashing Magazine fan and saw this post today. It may be
helpful. Good luck!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/08/principles-of-effective-e-commerce-search/

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8 Dec 2009 - 11:39am
Paul Pinkney
2009

I found a couple of these patterns helpful. I can speak, in
particular, about the "Deactivate Fields" patterns used in the
context of a report generation user interface. I added several of my
own twists to heighten the usability even more, but it was a nice
start.

http://www.tim-wellhausen.de/papers/UIForSearching.pdf

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8 Dec 2009 - 11:40am
Paul Pinkney
2009

I found a couple of these patterns helpful. I can speak, in
particular, about the "Deactivate Fields" patterns used in the
context of a report generation user interface. I added several of my
own twists to heighten the usability even more, but it was a nice
start.

http://www.tim-wellhausen.de/papers/UIForSearching.pdf

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8 Dec 2009 - 3:22pm
Anonymous

Here are a three good articles on search from A List Apart:

http://www.alistapart.com/issues/292

The first one includes a nice spreadsheet to measure the relevancy
and precision of your top keywords.

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