We have launched a new and improved search page for ScientificAmerican.com.
We started by researching how other sites handle search. The majority of the web sites we reviewed use Google for their site search but we found some good examples on U.K. news sites and at NYTimes.com. Keeping in mind best practices, common implementations and Scientific American’s specific content set, we designed a page that we hope will help frequent readers and new visitors find the content they’re looking for.
The new design includes thumbnails for those articles that have images. We’ve added our Books content (SA eBooks and FSG Books) to the index. We’ve provided instructions for advanced search queries, which are accessible from the “?” icon. We reviewed the top 1,000 search keywords currently used on our site and defined some misspellings and synonyms, such as LHC = Large Hadron Collider.
To help you further explore our search results we’ve added the ability to sort by the options below. Filters can be combined by clicking more than one and also removed by clicking the (x) icon next to the selected filter.
We’re very pleased with the new design and I hope you like it too. Let us know what you think below in the comments. http://www.scientificamerican.com/search/