Phil Bradley reviews Galaxy IT, a new search engine currently in alpha phase that aims to visualize search. Specifically, the Fresno, Calif.-based company presents search results as a set of 8 boxes that surround your query. You can refine results with tabs like video, images and news, and zoom in or out to see more clusters of results (each in groups of 9 boxes).
The problem with this interface, Bradley says, is that it quickly creates a cluttered screen with no room for the necessary info like URL or description. You can mouse over the boxes and get a quick summary of the page's content, but the overall experience is a too cumbersome. Bradley says that searching with Galaxy IT requires users to invest too much time learning how the interface works--a major obstacle to fast, widespread adoption.