ImagePile: an Alternative for Vertical Results Lists of IR-Systems

Saskia M. Akkersdijk, M. Brandon, Merel Brandon, Hanna Jochmann-Mannak, Djoerd Hiemstra, Theo W.C. Huibers

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Recent work shows that children are very well capable of searching with Google, due to their familiarity with the interface. However, children do have difficulties with the vertical list representation of the results. In this paper, we present an alternative result representation for a touch interface, the ImagePile. The ImagePile displays the results as a pile of images where the user navigates through via horizontal swiping. This representation was tested on a search engine for the EMMA child hospital’s library. Using a within subject experiment, both representations were tested with children to compare the usability of both systems. The vertical representation was perceived as easier to use, but the ImagePile system was considered more fun to use. Also, with the ImagePile system more relevant results we chosen by the children, and they were more aware of the number of results.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherCentre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Publication series

NameCTIT Technical Report Series
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT)
ISSN (Print)1381-3625


  • EWI-20145
  • Design
  • METIS-279154
  • IR-77051
  • Human Factors
  • Experimentation

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