Thomas Piggott
User Experience Lead

Get me away from search results!

Does anybody enjoy search result pages? No. Of course not! They want to get past it and into the content they care about. With that goal in mind, the search results page was a major focus of our platform redesign. Here, we'll focus on the individual result styling.

Assessing the Problem - Too Much On Each Result!

Over time, a lot of additional features and ideas had found their way into the interface, causing search results to feel heavy and unbalanced. Because of this, search results were no longer serving the ultimate goal of getting people away from search and into content. Here were problems we identified with the search results:
Old search result style
How search results used to look.

Building a Better Result

We performed extensive usability tests with the goal of understanding what students need to evaluate whether they wanted to read the article or not. We looked to understand which metadata pieces were important, how easily identifiable they were in the new concepts, and looked at years of usage data to see which buttons and filters were getting used. Here are the biggest changes:
New search result style
The redesigned search results.

Ask me more!

That's a brief overview of just one aspect to the larger platform redesign project. Here are some discussion topics I'd love to dive into deeper with you. Let's talk!

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