On Tuesday, Facebook launched Graph Search, a new search tool that allows you to filter your Facebook network using complex search terms, sorting by and yielding related people, places, photos, and interests. MFA Interaction Design alum from the inaugural class of 2011, Russ Maschmeyer, was lead designer on the new product, and was interviewed by Fast co.Design on the design process behind it:
“It’s really about coming to results, and going deep on that set of results, and discovering things and making connections that you might not have even known you could make or finding things you didn’t even know you could find,” he says. Web search, meanwhile, surfaces results for concrete queries and assumes that you’ll leave the site as quickly as possible. The same design paradigm isn’t suitable for them both. Maschmeyer helped take Graph Search out of the box. And: Somewhere between a search box and a list of 39 filters, Maschmeyer’s challenge is to evolve a design that makes sense for all of them.
Read more on Russ’ design process on Fast co.Design.