Although many novel approaches to exploring complex data sets exist, little guidance is available for novice designers and developers to start creating new solutions for specific use cases. The construction kit for visual search interfaces models the problem domain of product search. The building blocks define a design space, which describes all possible designs that can be created by combining these blocks. The goal of this research is not the development of an authoring system or an automated tool to create a visual search interface. Rather, it aims to support the designer in creating new search interfaces by providing well-established patterns for reuse and combination as well as inspiration through the variation of different building blocks.
The construction kit contains several building blocks that can be assigned to different dimensions of visual search interfaces. These building blocks can be combined to a pattern, which describes one part of a search interface. These patterns can be composed in a construction plan that enables the description of complex search interfaces. The construction process is supported by three different connectors: Successive (patterns are shown successively), Juxtaposed (patterns are shown next to each other), and Superimposed (patterns are combined with each other in one view).