Designing the Search Experience

The Information Architecture of Discovery


  • Tony Russell-Rose, Founder and Director of UXLabs, United Kingdom
  • Tyler Tate, Co-Founder and Designer, TwigKit, United Kingdom

Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, designers must understand both the art and science of search.In Designing the Search Experience, authors Tony Russell-Rose and Tyler Tate weave together the theories of information seeking with the practice of user interface design.
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 Information architects, user experience designers, search engineers, project developers and managers, researchers and students in information retrieval, human-information interaction, and HCI


Book information

  • Published: December 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-396981-1


"…this book sets an extremely high benchmark in terms of insight, advice and presentation. The key achievement of the authors is that they have taken the wealth of research into how people search…and matched it with their experience of designing search interfaces…The authors bridge the all-too-wide chasm between information retrieval and enterprise search…in a way that I find deeply satisfying and very stimulating…It is a book that demands respectful reading and not just a quick browse looking for interesting design patterns.", February 8, 2013
"Tony Russell-Rose and Tyler Tate are industry veterans in when it comes to search user experience. They offer a great overview of the dimensions of information-seeking behavior: users, goals, context, and search modes. More importantly, they explain how you can apply these dimensions in designing a compelling search experience for your users."--Daniel Tunkelang, Principal Data Scientist at LinkedIn
"Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time, and in myriad contexts from e-commerce and enterprise to mobile and social, it remains a massive user experience headache. If you dare to tackle this wicked problem, be sure to bring along Designing the Search Experience as your faithful guide."--Peter Morville, author of Search Patterns: Design for Discovery

Table of Contents

PART 1 A Framework for Search and Discovery

Chapter 1 The User

Chapter 2 Information Seeking

Chapter 3 Context

Chapter 4 Modes of Search and Discovery

PART 2 Design Solutions

Chapter 5 Formulating the Query

Chapter 6 Displaying and Manipulating Results

Chapter 7 Faceted Search

Chapter 8 Mobile Search

Chapter 9 Social Search

Part 3 Designing the Future

Chapter 10 Cross-Channel Information Interaction