Designing The Search Experience

Event Info

Tue 8 Feb, 2011 at 7:00pm
Lighthouse 1, Zone B
28 Kensington Street
Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK (Map)
Cost: Free (RSVP required)


Users are starting to expect a whole lot more from search interfaces – from Google Instant (their now ubiquitous autocomplete feature), to faceted navigation, spatial search, and much more. It’s increasingly becoming the responsibility of Information Architects and User Experience Designers to design and optimise search experiences using these new technologies and interfaces. We have two (maybe three) speakers lined up for you, each giving a 20-30 minute talk. As usual the event is free, and there’ll be free beer and nibbles.

Glenn Jones: What a UX Designer needs to know about Solr

Solr is a popular open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Glenn Jones’s talk will introduce Solr from a User Experience Designer’s point of view. It will take a look at how Solr’s faceted search can be used to design powerful language-based features:- from user-driven tagging to autocompetion. Also, the talk will try to answer the question of what kind of User Interfaces Solr tends to lends itself to. This is a fairly introductory talk aimed at a non-technical audience. You can follow Glenn on twitter at @glennjones

Tony Russell-Rose: User Experience Design at Endeca

Endeca was an early pioneer of faceted navigation systems, and made its name selling enterprise search and business intelligence applications. You’ve probably used Endeca’s search UIs on sites like, and

Tony Russell-Rose is User Experience Manager & Principal Consultant at Endeca. We haven’t yet had final confirmation on Tony’s talk topic, but it will most likely to relate to theEndeca User Interface Design Pattern Library or the Dimensions of Search Experience. You can follow Tony on twitter at @tonygrr.

Possible third mystery speaker!

We might just be able to get a third speaker lined up in time. We’ll tweet about it on@uxbri and update this blog post when we find out more.


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