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The new visual search engine Spezify [spezify.com] collects search results in different media formats (e.g. definitions, images, Twitter messages, Flickr photos, quotes, wikipedia articles, ...), arranges them on a desktop and allows one to drag it around as an (almost) infinite collage.

Not sure of the visualization rules behind the layout. The search for infosthetics is interesting, but is it insightful?





The overall wall interaction is very interesting. But like you, I do not understand how the results are layouted... It could have looked like a newspaper headlines, but this does not seem to be their point.

Fyi, we invented a way to display search results on an axis (thus giving an obvious path for the eye to navigate in the results). This can appear as a Timeline.



Thu 21 May 2009 at 3:10 AM

I really enjoyed playing around with Spezify. I see the main objective in the moodboard-like nature of the search results. It's rather an inspiration source than a search engine in my opinion. The variation in typography and colors support the look of a collage but doesn't seem to follow a clear set of rules.

Thu 21 May 2009 at 11:03 PM

I love it. I'm not sure it works like a perceptual map though, which is what I was expecting it to do.

Sat 23 May 2009 at 12:08 AM

Your review challenged me in testing and writing my own blogpost on Spezify, please see http://www.alexisvandam.nl/review/verbeeldend-zoeken/ . In my opinion its and interesting development for the search engine industry. All major search engine use a linear presentation of the search results while Spezify takes presentation of result to a whole new visual level.
I am looking forward to the official launch of Spezify on June 15th.

Thu 04 Jun 2009 at 10:30 AM
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