A next-generation search engine for material science

A next-generation search engine for material science

Role · Lead visual & UX desginer

Role · Lead visual & UX desginer

Project completed · 2017

8 new designers, 1 cognitive search engine from IBM Research Zurich. During IBM's Design Bootcamp program, our team created a consumable front-end interface for a breakthrough AI technology that changes the way chemical and material scientists conduct research.

8 new designers, 1 cognitive search engine from IBM Research Zurich. During IBM's Design Bootcamp program, our team created a consumable front-end interface for a breakthrough AI technology that changes the way chemical and material scientists conduct research.

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Solution

We harnessed IBM's breakthrough cognitive deep-search technology by designing a search engine that introduces a concept-based search paradigm. This allows researchers to view an entire ecosystem of results so they can identify trends and connections before opening a single article.

We harnessed IBM's breakthrough cognitive deep-search technology by designing a search engine that introduces a concept-based search paradigm. This allows researchers to view an entire ecosystem of results so they can identify trends and connections before opening a single article.

Impact

Our 3-month journey led to a presentation to Fortune Magazine and a product pitch to the CEO of IBM and several Senior Vice Presidents across IBM's business units.

Our 3-month journey led to a presentation to Fortune Magazine and a product pitch to the CEO of IBM and several Senior Vice Presidents across IBM's business units.

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Select process

4 week research phase ·

Distilled 4 weeks of user research into a system diagram which aligned team around our users' journeys and identified opportunity areas

7 week design phase ·

Worked with 2 designers to create wireframes and iterate tirelessly in order to define a streamlined search experience

Visual execution ·

Learned & implemented IBM's Carbon Design System to produce high-fidelity prototypes for usability sessions and handoff deliverables

Co-created with chemists ·

Lead 8 user sessions with chemists in which we co-created with them to design a solution that seemlessly integrates into their workflow