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Engineering Village redesigns user interface

 
on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 04:44

The Engineering Village new user interface release went live on July 18, 2012.

Engineering Village released a new user interface and features outlined below. The product has been updated and refreshed to improve usability and save users time searchign for engineering research information. All core functionality remains along with other enhancements that include:

  • Search results page is easier to scan, making it faster to find an article
  • “Add search field” feature has been added to Quick Search
  • More facets are visible on search results page without having to scroll down a page
  • Access to Search History is quicker
  • Results display options include 25, 50 and 100
  • Search terms in an article are highlighted for easier viewing

Below are screen shots examples of the previous and the current user interface:

Previous Engineering Village Home:

 

Current Engineering Village Home page, released July 18th, 2012:

 

In the new design, we aimed to more logically structure the page based on the user’s needs. The various “top navigational” items are placed as either true top navigation (i.e., Search, Selected Records, Settings, Bulletins) or as subcategories within the top navigation (i.e., Quick/Expert/Thesaurus/eBook Searches (under Search) and Alerts (under Settings). Additionally, some content on the page, like the Databases box and Search tips box, are hidden under links on the search form for easy access without overwhelming the user. Personal login has been moved to the top of the page, as a part of the header and the login is now available on all pages in EV in order to provide easy access to features like alerts, folders, and tags.

 

The focus was on improving the visual and structural design of the platform. All existing core functionality has been retained, with the exception of Easy Search, which has been removed from the site as the Easy Search volume represented less than 1% of all searches. One NEW feature is the Add search field on the Quick Search form. Also, Search history is now available directly below all search forms. Logged-in users can save searches and/or create alerts directly from this feature.

Previous Results Page:

 

Current Results Page, released July 18th, 2012:

 

Using data from years of product testing, we re-designed the results page into an easier-to-scan page. All important actionable items are placed in a more relevant place on the page, and the Refine Results box is designed to show only the top 2 facets (features) open by default while still revealing the other facet options with minimal page scrolling. Additionally, facets can now be reordered using drag-and-drop.

Additional features include an easier-to-use “Run a new search with selected facets,” which allows the user to select terms from the facets, add an additional term, and then run a new search. Also, users can choose the number of results to display on the page (25, 50, or 100).

The Results Manager, which allows users to select records to view, or select records to save, view, or download, is now located directly above the results along with the option to select the page of results. Sort options are now also available directly above the results in a drop-down. Pagination has also been placed directly above the result set.

Release Date: 
July 18 2012