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Apr 24, 2007: Web form design?

We (Rosenfeld Media) have just signed Luke Wroblewski to write a book on web form design best practices.

Web form design?

That was my first reaction when I read Luke's proposal. First, it's not a UX design method, like card sorting or prototyping. So that already makes it an odd duck paddling its way on the Rosenfeld Media pond.

More importantly, the subject itself also seemed a bit narrow.

Web form design?

But when you think about it, what's more critical than forms that function well? The point of so many web sites and other information systems is to enable a transaction of some sort—not just a purchase, but so many other kinds, like signing up for a mailing list, applying for a job, completing a personal health profile—and when those forms fail, that failure is magnified in so many ways.

Many of us, like Luke, have already begun to pay more attention to form design. And Luke has been working on this issue for quite a while, at Yahoo! and before that at eBay. His own site previews his thinking on the subject, and his recent presentations on the topic have been wildly successful.

So Luke, bring it on!

You can follow Luke's book as it develops on his book-in-progress site, and, of course, there's a feed. We're thrilled to have Luke on board, and can't wait for his book to come out.

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Comment: Michael Stenitzer (Apr 24, 2007)

great topic and i'm sure that there is a lot more to say than most would expect.

please considerate accessibility issues and special ascpects of e-government forms.

looking forward to see the result!

Comment: Lou (Apr 24, 2007)

Thanks for the input Michael!

Comment: Matthew Oliphant (Apr 27, 2007)

Considering web apps are usually just a collection of (hopefully) related web forms and considering there's such a focus of late on Appifying (patent pending) the web, I think a book focusing on this topic will be well received.

Comment: Squirm (Apr 27, 2007)

Right now I am sitting in my office yanking tufts of hair out of my head because my field of philanthropy breeds web form molesters.

I have just interviewed several IA's, designers, web software vendors, and their nefarious ilk and they sputter foolishly on the topic.

I need that book today. Get crackin!

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