OK, so you’ve got the minimal approach to search typified by Google, but what if you’re after something a little more exciting.
Well PicLens can offer you a full-screen, 3D, visual solution to searching and browsing images and video. PicLens is a plug-in for Firefox, Safari1 and Internet Explorer which integrates right into the pages you’re browsing as well as offering a stand-alone search function. It’s compatible with Google Images, Flickr, Facebook and many more, but if you launch it manually you can search YouTube videos too.
Whilst it’s a novel approach, it actually is very useful for an at-a-glance view of your subject matter… and it’s fast. But best of all, PicLens is free.