The designer, Jim Bumgardner of Krazydad, calls them CoverPops.
Mad magazine explorer
Science fiction cover explorer
1,001 best-selling graphic novels from Amazon
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I think the interface implications go far beyond book and magazine covers and extend into other kinds of complex data sets. Spreading things out is a natural way to navigate complex information. You clean your desk by "dumping" the contents onto the floor or desk and sorting it into piles.
Imagine if this kind of visual search interface could be coupled with a "sort" component. What might the possibilities be for the computer desktop? As always I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on the subject.
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A different but related approach was used for amaztype. Your results appear as a bunch of tiny book covers organized and redisplayed as your search text.
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