Search and discovery is a ubiquitous and under-addressed question in the user experience and interaction design domains, so it’s very exciting to see former colleague Tony Russell-Rose and co-author Tyler Tate take it on their new book, Designing the Search Experience. I mention this for two reasons: first, because I expect it to be a good book. I’ve collaborated directly on a number of papers and projects with Tony (including the initial articulation of the Language of Discovery), and he has the rare ability to synthesize strongly research-based and theoretical perspectives with a thorough understanding of innovative industry practice. And Tyler’s work speaks for itself
Second; I’m excited to be a contributor. Tony and Tyler have gathered a number of recognized and respected practitioners and voices in the search and discovery arena, and it’s a privilege to be invited. My piece appears in chapter 4, and is a thorough readout of how we’ve used the modes of discovery to drive product design. I hope you find it interesting.
Designing the Search Experience is due for publication in the fall — look for the announcement, and then get ready to buy!