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Did someone beat Google at design

Google has an excellent philosophy, they keep it simple. I use Google everyday and love minimal design more than anyone else, but when a company as large as Google stops enhancing their designs, we have a problem.

When Google got into the scene, Yahoo was the king of the jungle. Google had a weapon to hunt, it was simplicity and a powerful search algorithm. Yahoo was shown real competition by two geeks in their garage.

It is true that no matter how good looking an interface, the power of search will always win, but how long do you think will it take for a smarter mathematician to make a better algorithm in his garage. It is just a matter of time and that day does not seem to be very far.

In my opinion Google needs to prepare for rainy days. It has the money and the staff to get better, why not spend a little more in the design department.

Enhancing the search interface isn’t exactly an easy job, but these guys at RefSeek have done a great job.

I am not saying that this is the absolute best but it is indeed an improvement and I am certain that there will be more to come in the future.

The above snapshot shows how much more pleasant it is to look at RefSeek’s design than Google’s.

I might be wrong and this is only my opinion, if so please correct me. I would like to hear what you have to say, so send in your comments.

If you have not already heard of the Graphical User Interface Competition I am hosting in a few weeks, you can learn more about it here. I am looking for sponsors for this event, if you are interested you can contact me at kumailht@gmail.com

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Published on 18 Nov 08 under Opinion

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