Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. This provocative and inspiring book explores design patterns that apply across the categories of web, e-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and real time search and discovery.
Using colorful illustrations and examples, the authors bring modern information retrieval to life, covering such diverse topics as relevance ranking, faceted navigation, multi-touch, and mixed reality.
At its best, search doesn't simply serve up answers. It helps us formulate the right questions.
I'd argue that search is an unusually interdisciplinary challenge that requires collaboration across the established silos of design, engineering, and marketing.
Instead of taking time to understand the territory and chart an optimal course, we prefer the illusion of speed and simplicity. So we search.
Autocomplete is an old pattern from the desktop that's found new life in Web and mobile search. Once relegated to the musty modules of "help" in desktop software, autocomplete is now part of our everyday experience. It's a great answer to the question: why wait for results? It saves time and typos by serving up suggested searches or destinations while we're still entering our query.
I am a life long educator. I won a Milken National Educator Award in 1995. The Milken Family Foundation introduced me to online education. After 25 years of classroom teaching I retired from k-12 education to pursue online teaching and instructional design full time. I have 39 years of teaching experience.