When I got into the office this morning I saw lots of mentions all over the web of this new release from Yahoo called Yahoo Axis. I went and checked it out and it really has a lot of cool new features. What Yahoo Axis is essentially is a search engine that I feel puts the focus on the design aspects of sites around the web. It is in the same vein as the instant previews that Google does, but it bases the search completely on those previews. If you want to use Yahoo Axis on your computer it can be installed as an add on to many of the popular browsers. What is does is essentially live in the bottom of your screen and open whenever you need it.
A search on Yahoo Axis quickly brings up the sites that would be returned in a normal search, only it loads them as thumbnails and allows you to select simply based on the way that they look. This is a really cool feature that puts a ton of emphasis on the way site design is constructed to bring in visitors. Another interesting thing was that when you are on a result page you can hover over the right or the left of your screen and easily click to the next result (completely different website) without having to reload the search and select again. I thought this was a really cool idea as it will be a time saver when doing research. Yahoo Axis also syncs with your iPhone and iPad for seamless browsing between the devices.
You can check out Yahoo Axis for yourself here. Make sure to let us know in the comments whether you think this is the future of search or just another passing phase.