Language English

Launched 2013
Closed No, but the side offers no search since 2016.

Developer Armstrong, Chris

Country of Origin Ireland

2013 - [...] ARMSTRONG & CO

Topic Image SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Image file search
Crawler / robot based SeEn using a white list of selected sites

Used SeEn Niice

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Phil Bradley (2013): »A search engine with taste. This is a search engine for designers. It pulls in image content from a very small selection of sites at the moment, but some of the images it finds are really unique and high quality. It's not clear from either the engine or the page that you land on as to the copyright situation for each image, but if you're looking for inspiration, this is a great idea.« Source

Chris Armstrong (2013): »Whenever I’m starting a new design project, one of the first things I’ll do is search for good examples of what I’m trying to design (whether that’s interfaces, logos, typography, etc). However, if you search for ‘logos’ on Google Images you’ll get a lot of trash returned, so instead I find myself trawling the same few sites—Dribbble, Designspiration, Behance—looking for ideas and inspiration (and ending up with about six dozen browser tabs open). To make this quicker, easier and—well—nicer, Pete and I have created Niice: a search engine with taste. The core idea is pretty simple; since it only searches a few hand-picked sources (Behance, Dribbble and Designspiration for now), it only returns good results… even if you search for ‘poop’. While Google is great when you’re looking for one image in particular, when you’re searching for inspiration what you really want is as many high-quality examples of an idea or style as possible. Niice asks you what you’re looking for, then gets the heck out of the way so you can look at it. This is very much a first pass (designed, built and launched in a week), so there are still a few bugs to iron out, and we’ve got tons of big ideas for the future, but we’re really chuffed with the response so far; in the first week we passed 100k views and got nominated for a .Net Award (Side Project of the Year), and we’re currently seeing around 2k visits per day. So it seems like there could be a place for a niche (niiche?) search engine like this.« Source

Niice Blog (FEBRUARY 24, 2013): »The internet is full of inspiration, but since Google doesn’t have a ‘Good Taste’ filter, finding it means jumping back and forth between blogs and gallery sites. Niice is an inspiration search engine, letting you search across multiple hand-picked sources (Behance & Dribbble for now, but we’re working to add more).« Source


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Niice Blog (MARCH 07, 2013): »Wow, we only launched last week and we’ve been nominated for ‘Best Side Project’ in the .Net Awards!« Source

References & further Publications

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Created: 2015-09-19