A bit weary of the googlemania, I bagged on reading this issue of wired. But I finally took a look, and really enjoyed the google redesigns. They are fun.
They won’t work at all, of course, at least not as a main interface. The three laws of search design are speed speed and speed.
Actual speed. Every byte counts, and that means writing bad html with missing quotes. These designs add a lot of graphic overhead.
Perceived speed, which means css is inevitable. You want to control load order. Less relevant in these designs, since they aren’t coded up.
Cognitive speed. Every design in the article adds cognitive overload. The results are god; get everything that is not a result out of the way.