This redesign is a visual approach to wikipedia’s search function. The goal was to rethink their site experience to be more user friendly and interactive so that people would visit wikipedia directly as opposed to using Google and including the word "wikipedia" in their search.
A new clean homepage design, void of extraneous elements, simply asks "What would you like to learn about?" while incorporating quick advanced options such as search by image, and search by category.
In the results page, the user is presented with a “results carousel”, highlighting the most relevant results in a highly digestible quick view layout, optimized for laptop and netbook screen sizes. Users can pan through the carousel, or choose to view more results directly below in a grid, thumbnail, or list view. They can also narrow their search by using the intuitive refine tool featured prominently on the left. One change in the refine tool and the results to the right instantly reshuffle with smooth animation. In addition, a simple icon system using people, places, science, tech, and other is incorporated into each result to help promote the option to search and refine by category.Download the full PDF presentation here.