- John Maeda
- Lexington, MA
- United States
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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When will Google's dominance in search end?
Google's potent blend of brutally functionalistic design mated with supersonic backend technologies seems unbeatable today. All kinds of design-y front end interfaces have been invented on the Web for quite some time, such as ThinkMap http://risd.cc/fMOgYw and NewsMap http://risd.cc/elgEaG to name two of my favorites, but at the end of the day we still prefer a good old fashioned scrollable list when looking for a needle in the haystack. The iPad brings a significantly different "feel" to digging for info for the average consumer in a way that used to be only possible with higher-end user interface paradigms a la Jeff Han. What kind and when will there be a better search interface that will dominate, and will that be designed by Google? Or somebody else? Is it already out there?