This blog is a companion for my new book, which I am making available online today.
My intended audience is practitioners and researchers who spend a lot of time thinking about user interfaces for search engines, or who want to bone up on the field.
In this book I try to stick to the evidence. My intention is for all claims to be backed up by usability studies, log studies, or some other form of proof, unless otherwise noted.
Ten years ago when I wrote the first chapter on search interfaces for the textbook Modern Information Retrieval, little was known about what works from a usability perspective and what does not. Although we as a community still have more questions than answers, there now is enough known to fill a book.
In putting this information into a book there is a danger of rapid obsolescence. Search is a fast-paced field and many examples will soon become out of date. I hope that despite this, much of what I wrote is fundamental and will stand the test of time.
Even so, it is important to update the text with discussions of new developments and how they relate to what has come before, and that is what this blog is for.
And of course I want to hear from search aficionados about what you think about these developments! And what you think about the contents of the book. I hope you’ll join the conversation!