Chiming in here to say I love DuckDuckGo. It's my default in Firefox and consistently gives me great results.
Biggest UX problem for me is the infinite scrolling... Search imo needs pagination to help users map their discoveries as they go through the different results.
That said, I'm really impressed by the tool itself.
to help users map their discoveries as they go through the different results
Interesting, could you give an example of this? Just trying to understand better.
Pasting an excerpt of an article I think you will find interesting:
- Lack of orientation and spatial reference: In a paginated scheme users can set a simple visual reference to orient themselves through the content of the page and mark the places where something of interest is found, so it’s possible to quickly return there later. There could be users who feel lost or confused not knowing where they really are or missing what they were looking for.
- Loss of the user’s last position in the stream of data, when the refresh or the back button is pushed. Since the infinite scrolling aims to show large amounts of entries, it should be implemented also a way to retrieve the actual position in the list, to avoid frustrating situations. Most of complaints against endless pages refer to these two last points as the users were losing control over the page they visit.
An example of search optimized infinite scrolling pattern (but I'm still not convinced... Research shows how heavy used is the back button on search)
I really miss the "date" filtering. When searching for code related stuff, i don't want dated results from 2009.
couldn't agree more.. i really do love duckduckgo, but that's one thing that honestly drives me nuts.... you REALLY need that date filtering...
Wow. I'm really impressed. Fast, intuitive UI, crispy graphics. Nice look overall.
I would have posted about the header at the top of search results being too big but then found you can turn it off. Also would like the link titles to be in blue or something other than gray, finding it harder to scan the results.
I don't like certain aspects of the UI. The contrast isn't proper. Google does really well. There's no need to do designy look. The fixed head imho is a bad idea.
What I like:
- Margins are well-thought-out & pretty consistent
- Fixed head is useful
- Infinite scroll performs well
- Main page is uncluttered
What I don't like:
- Contrast on the results page is hit-and-miss. When hovering over something it can be a bit dodgy, but otherwise it's not bad
- Links on the about page are weirdly inconsistent, with multiple hover styles and really poor contrast in the footer
Who's their designer?