- John Maeda
- Providence, RI
- United States
President, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
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?