Google announced today that its image search now supports search-by-style. As someone who regularly uses Google’s image search to find fodder for my presentations, I am excited about this enhancement. Moreover, I think it’s a clever application of the various image analysis algorithms Google has been developing.
They now include a drop-down that allows you to restrict searches to images from news content, faces, clip art, line drawings, and photo content. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s not bad.
What is unfortunate is that the interface, whether you’d like to explore images by style or by size, doesn’t give you any sort of preview of the content in each category. I at least find it annoying to have to keep clicking to explore the space. But this is at least a baby step towards supporting exploratory search, in a domain that cries out for it.