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  1. Lene Pettersen
    Lene November 15, 2008 at 00:41 |

    The iPod is an excellent example :-) I guess you’ve seen Jared Spools key note, Journey to the center at design, at this years IA summit as well – I throw in the link for those that has’nt: http://www.slideshare.net/jmspool/journey-to-the-center-of-design

  2. Vegard Sandvold
    Vegard Sandvold November 14, 2008 at 23:45 |

    I think you’re making a very good point, Lene. Faceted search (and navigation) should be based on basic level categories and prototypical category members. Everybody knows what to expect from the basic level category MP3 players (as opposed to eg. portable multimedia devices), and the iPod is the instantly recognizable prototype. So when you’re searching through consumer electronics, it’s obvious what you’ll find behind the MP3 player link with the iPod icon/thumbnail.

    Another example is datetime navigation. Some time intervals, like hour, day, week and month, are prototypical examples and easily understood. Other time intervals, like 25 minutes, 1 1/2 day and 8 months, are more vague. It depends on context, of course, which intervals constitue basic level categories. My point is that it makes little sense to navigate search results on arbitrary time intervals (which happen to be the default configuration of FAST ESP).

    You are spot on about the need to observe users and how they experience the world around them. You can’t rely on technical know-how when it comes to modelling meaningful representations in the real world. User studies and interaction design first, technical problem solving thereafter.

  3. Kjell Arne Rekaa
    Kjell Arne Rekaa November 15, 2008 at 14:30 |

    Sometimes a simple phrase search might be useful, at least when it is one specific object which you want to search for, and not the class of it – to use a term from object programming.
    The reason for pointing this out in this context is displaye when googling the phrase:

    “compliance and inertness clause”

    This will return one of the famous one-hits in Google, and points out the page 321 of “Having Thought” by John Haugeland” with the subtitle of “Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind”.
    Even though this is not the reference to the photographer, as Lene was missing from her attached illustration, the content of this book might possibly touch the topic of the article?

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