Noguchi Filing System and Information Stacks

This morning I spotted a reference to the Noguchi Filing System on CNET which got me to thinking.

First in case you haven’t heard of this system, it prescribes that rather than a file-folder system for organizing desk papers you simply create a folder for each day and put it on the shelf (actually on the left side, as in a horizontal “stack”). The idea being that people will remember the approach. date even if they forget how it was classified. Using a folder “pops” the folder to the top of the stack (in this case the left side).

I’ve noticed that several products on the web are implementing this system for organization, for example GMail. Items come into the stack at the top and only when they are active (replied to) do they bubble back up to the top. Perhaps this method for organizing paper could work even better in an electronic world as it could be easily augmented thru a search mechanism.

New Way to Shop on eBay

I helped drive forward a program of user experience changes to our search products during 2005. The first of which launched in May 2005 as the alpha test for a “New way to Shop on eBay”. In addition to general simplification of the Finding UI, it introduced the following improvements:

  • Multi-faceted browsing (e.g. search by bed size OR brand OR product type)
  • Matching buyer and seller language (e.g. CK = Calvin Klein)
  • Multiple selection of concepts (e.g. see all the size 8.0 & 8.5 shoes)

Alpha Test (May – June 2005)

A limited test was run in five categories in May thru June of 2005 to a small percentage of users. Shown below is a screenshot from our bedding category. Press Release

New Way to Shop on eBay (May 2005)


  • Finding experience launched within eBay Express (April 2006)