Just wanted to make folks aware, I recently began work on a book for
Rosenfeld Media about Web Form Design. I hoping there's genuine
interest on this list in the topic as Interaction Designers deal with
forms A LOT.
As such, if you have experiences, ideas, or best practices to share
from your work -I'd be very interested in hearing from you. Either
float me a note directly, leave a comment on the book in progress
site, or subscribe to the RSS feed there to simply stay in the loop
on discussions. Here's the URL:
So why write a book about form design? If you are in online retail,
your goal is to sell things. But standing in the way of your products
and your customers is a checkout form. If you are developing social
software or open peer productions systems, your goal is to grow your
community. Standing in between you and community members is a form.
If you've built a productivity based Web application, forms enable
key interactions that let people create and manage content. So in
commerce, customer aquisition, and online productivity -forms play a
pivotal role. As a result, form design matters.
Of course no one likes filling forms. People simply want to get the
product you are selling, to socialize, or to get their work done.
From their perspective forms just get in the way.
Understanding the principles of form design gives you the ability to
minimze pain for people and maximize business success. It's my hope
Web Form Design Best Practices provides that understanding.
Much thanks to anyone who's interested in getting involved!