On Functioning Form, I discuss smart defaults (selections put in place that provide answers to questions for you) in registration & travel booking forms. Check out the full articles:
Smart Defaults in Registration Forms
When electing to join the Naymz site from an email invitation, you only need to select a password. Your name and email address have been filled in for you…
Smart Defaults in Travel Booking Forms
Now last I checked, the majority of people booking flights online are adults and they generally intend to travel on the flight they book…
On Functioning Form, I outline an example of using smart defaults put in place that provide answers to registration forms for you. Check out the full article: Smart Defaults in Registration Forms.
Since publishing Web Form Design, one of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten about online forms is “How do I deal with international addresses?” So for my Communication Design column in UXmatters this month, I outlined many of the international address variations designers need to consider and a few solutions to the problem.
Check out the article at UXmatters:
International Address Fields in Web Forms
On Functioning Form, I discuss the considerations behind combining labels and input fields into a single user interface element using an example from LinkedIn. Check out the full article: Web Form Design: Labels Within Inputs
After sweating the details and finalizing editing, layout, and indexing Web Form Design is ready to go to the printer this week. So it’s with much glee I’m letting you know that printed copies of the book will be available in about 4 weeks.
To make up for the delay (we were originally scheduled to release in March), anyone who signs up for a publication notification will receive a discount code for the book upon its release sometime near April 20th. Thanks~
Over the past month, I’ve been distilling the content within my upcoming book, Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks, into a full day workshop of exercises and presentations on Web form design essentials, best practices, and research findings. Specifically: form organization, conversational inputs, group distinctions, paths to completion, minimal distractions, tabbing, label alignment, input field lengths, required inputs, flexible inputs, additional inputs, flexible inputs, messaging, input groups, actions, inline validation, help & tips, gradual engagement, and more!
So it’s with great pleasure I invite you to the following events:
- On March 26th I’ll be presenting a full day workshop on Web Form Design at Web App Summit 2008 in San Diego, CA.
- On Friday, April 11th, I’ll be teaching this full day workshop at IA Summit in Miami, Florida.
Hope to see some of you at one of these events!
As some people have started asking when Web Form Design Best Practices will be in their hands, I figured a post about our publishing schedule would be appropriate. At this point, the manuscript is written and in the hands of my editor. Following this editorial pass, we’ll be working on layout and getting everything to the printer in the middle of February.
Printed copies will be available in March 2008. Sign up to be notified when they are available. Thanks!
Though I have an upcoming book on the topic, I’m not the only one writing about Web forms. Here are a few recent articles that touch on some interesting or important form design topics.
Messing up the interface
This article does a great job illustrating how forms can get more complicated as numerous departments add their requirements. By visualizing the progression of a simple form to one that meets the needs of sales, engineering, legal, and marketing, this write-up illuminates why forms need to communicate with one voice despite multiple stakeholders.
Wufoo Form Gallery
Online form-builder, Wufoo launched a gallery of HTML templates and CSS themes that allows anyone to create a variety of forms and put them to use quickly. They also added flexible CSS layouts and label placement options to their popular Web form builder.
Approaches to Character Limit Cut-offs
The post outlines a few approaches to communicating text limits within input fields and showcases examples from Twitter and LinkedIn.
On Functioning Form, I published an article discussing when to ask questions and how focusing on ZIP codes and addresses in Web Forms. The full article: Web Form Design: ZIP Codes & Locations