On Tuesday, August 28 2007, I'll be speaking at An Event Apart in Chicago, IL about Best Practices For Form Design.
In my talk, I'll walk thorugh the importance of Web forms and a series of design best practices culled from live to site analytics, usability testing, eye-tracking studies, and best practice surveys. Some of the topics I discuss and provide patterns for are: label alignment, required form filed, input field sizes, content grouping, primary & secondary actions, help text & tips, dyanmic help systems, inline validation, error messages, progress indicators, success messaging, progressive disclosure, gradual engagement, tabbing, flexible data inputs, smart defaults, paths to completion, selection dependent inputs, and more...
From the official description
“Forms bridge the gap between people and your site. From registration to checkout, web forms make or break interactions. Learn best practices culled from international usability testing, eye-tracking studies, and over ten years of designing web applications. See how different forms, fields, labels, calls to action, and visual elements can support or impair user behavior. You’ll never look at your web forms the same way again.”
Hope to see some of you there!