Forms that Work

Designing Web Forms for Usability
Author: Caroline Jarrett,Gerry Gaffney
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9780080948485
Category: Computers
Page: 288
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Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability clearly explains exactly how to design great forms for the web. The book provides proven and practical advice that will help you avoid pitfalls, and produce forms that are aesthetically pleasing, efficient and cost-effective. It features invaluable design methods, tips, and tricks to help ensure accurate data and satisfied customers. It includes dozens of examples - from nitty-gritty details (label alignment, mandatory fields) to visual designs (creating good grids, use of color). This book isn’t just about colons and choosing the right widgets. It’s about the whole process of making good forms, which has a lot more to do with making sure you’re asking the right questions in a way that your users can answer than it does with whether you use a drop-down list or radio buttons. In an easy-to-read format with lots of examples, the authors present their three-layer model - relationship, conversation, appearance. You need all three for a successful form - a form that looks good, flows well, asks the right questions in the right way, and, most important of all, gets people to fill it out. Liberally illustrated with full-color examples, this book guides readers on how to define requirements, how to write questions that users will understand and want to answer, and how to deal with instructions, progress indicators and errors. This book is essential reading for HCI professionals, web designers, software developers, user interface designers, HCI academics and students, market research professionals, and financial professionals. *Provides proven and practical advice that will help you avoid pitfalls, and produce forms that are aesthetically pleasing, efficient and cost-effective. *Features invaluable design methods, tips, and tricks to help ensure accurate data and satisfied customers. *Includes dozens of examples -- from nitty-gritty details (label alignment, mandatory fields) to visual designs (creating good grids, use of color). *Foreword by Steve Krug, author of the best selling Don't Make Me Think!

Designing Web Sites that Work

Usability for the Web
Author: Tom Brinck,Darren Gergle,Scott D. Wood
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558606586
Category: Computers
Page: 481
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Demonstrates Web design fundamentals that consider usability a major design goal, provides advice on incorporating usability considerations in each stage of the design process, and discusses the functionality of e-commerce sites.

Web Form Design

Filling in the Blanks
Author: Luke Wroblewski
Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
ISBN: 9781933820255
Category: Computers
Page: 226
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Forms make or break the most crucial online interactions: checkout (commerce), registration (community), data input (participation and sharing), and any task requiring information entry. In Web Form Design, Luke Wroblewski draws on original research, his considerable experience at Yahoo! and eBay, and the perspectives of many of the field's leading designers to show you everything you need to know about designing effective and engaging Web forms.

Letting Go of the Words

Writing Web Content that Works
Author: Janice Redish
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0123859301
Category: Computers
Page: 368
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"Learn how to have great conversations through your site or app. Meet your business goals while satisfying your site visitors' needs. Learn how to create useful and usable content from the master - Ginny Redish. Ginny's easy-to-read style will teach you how to plan, organize, write, design, and test your content"--

Fancy Form Design

Create Sensational Web Forms That Sparkle
Author: Jina Bolton,Derek Featherstone,Tim Connell
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 1457192527
Category: Computers
Page: 250
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Forms' - is there any other word that strikes as much fear into the hearts of web designers? Not any more ... Fancy Form Design is a practical hands-on, full color book that follows the process of creating visually stunning yet usable web forms, from start to end. The book covers all design elements from planning the form's purpose and interface through to mastering markup, applying style with CSS, and adding interactivity and visual effects with JavaScript. By the end of the you'll will have the code, and wisdom, they need to build fancy forms of their own.

The Form Book

Creating Forms for Printed and Online Use
Author: Borries Schwesinger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 324
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Filling in a form may be an everyday experience, yet as an aspect of design that affects all our lives, forms are often overlooked. Order forms, invoices, applications and questionnaires are all standardized ways of requesting or presenting information, designed to focus on the essentials and so make life faster and simpler. But if a form is too complicated, confusing or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the publics perception of a business or brand. Successful forms do exist efficient, streamlined and even stylish but they are a real challenge to create. This unique and invaluable sourcebook shows what good form design can achieve. Packed with practical advice and inspiring ideas, it brings together a comprehensive collection of great designs for both print and digital media, showcasing a range of thoughtful, elegant or witty approaches to form creation and proving that attention to even the smallest design elements can make a big difference to the way that people and organizations interact.

Web Application Design Handbook

Best Practices for Web-based Software
Author: Susan L. Fowler,Victor R. Stanwick
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558607521
Category: Computers
Page: 658
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Delivers a thorough examination of best practices and proven results for many different kinds of applications, including porting existing applications to the Internet from a PDA or Web-enabled cell phone, plus a quick reference for designers looking for fast solutions to enhance Web applications. Original. (Advanced)

Defensive Design for the Web

How to Improve Error Messages, Help, Forms, and Other Crisis Points
Author: Matthew Linderman,Jason Fried,37signals (Firm)
Publisher: New Riders Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Computers
Page: 246
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Written by the experts at 37signals, this book shows hundreds of real-world examples from companies like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo that show the right (and wrong) ways to get defensive. Readers will learn 40 guidelines to prevent errors and rescue customers if a breakdown occurs. They'll also explore how to evaluate their own site's defensive design and improve it over the long term.

Usability Engineering

Scenario-based Development of Human-computer Interaction
Author: Mary Beth Rosson,John Millar Carroll
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 1558607129
Category: Computers
Page: 422
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Scenario-based usability engineering -- Analyzing requirements -- Activity design -- Information design -- interaction design -- Prototyping -- Usability evaluation -- User documentation -- Emerging paradigms for user interaction -- Usability engineering in practice.

Don't Make Me Think

A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Author: Steve Krug
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0321648781
Category: Computers
Page: 216
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Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it's hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn't read Steve Krug's "instant classic" on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day. In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original: wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike. Don't be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design. Three New Chapters! Usability as common courtesy -- Why people really leave Web sites Web Accessibility, CSS, and you -- Making sites usable and accessible Help! My boss wants me to ______. -- Surviving executive design whims "I thought usability was the enemy of design until I read the first edition of this book. Don't Make Me Think! showed me how to put myself in the position of the person who uses my site. After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book. In this second edition, Steve Krug adds essential ammunition for those whose bosses, clients, stakeholders, and marketing managers insist on doing the wrong thing. If you design, write, program, own, or manage Web sites, you must read this book." -- Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards

Usability Engineering


Author: Jakob Nielsen
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080520294
Category: Computers
Page: 362
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Written by the author of the best-selling HyperText & HyperMedia, this book is an excellent guide to the methods of usability engineering. The book provides the tools needed to avoid usability surprises and improve product quality. Step-by-step information on which method to use at various stages during the development lifecycle are included, along with detailed information on how to run a usability test and the unique issues relating to international usability. * Emphasizes cost-effective methods that developers can implement immediately * Instructs readers about which methods to use when, throughout the development lifecycle, which ultimately helps in cost-benefit analysis. * Shows readers how to avoid the four most frequently listed reasons for delay in software projects. * Includes detailed information on how to run a usability test. * Covers unique issues of international usability. * Features an extensive bibliography allowing readers to find additional information. * Written by an internationally renowned expert in the field and the author of the best-selling HyperText & HyperMedia.

Eyetracking Web Usability


Author: Jakob Nielsen,Kara Pernice
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 9780321714077
Category: Computers
Page: 456
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Eyetracking Web Usability is based on one of the largest studies of eyetracking usability in existence. Best-selling author Jakob Nielsen and coauthor Kara Pernice used rigorous usability methodology and eyetracking technology to analyze 1.5 million instances where users look at Web sites to understand how the human eyes interact with design. Their findings will help designers, software developers, writers, editors, product managers, and advertisers understand what people see or don’t see, when they look, and why. With their comprehensive three-year study, the authors confirmed many known Web design conventions and the book provides additional insights on those standards. They also discovered important new user behaviors that are revealed here for the first time. Using compelling eye gaze plots and heat maps, Nielsen and Pernice guide the reader through hundreds of examples of eye movements, demonstrating why some designs work and others don’t. They also provide valuable advice for page layout, navigation menus, site elements, image selection, and advertising. This book is essential reading for anyone who is serious about doing business on the Web.

Understanding Your Users

A Practical Guide to User Requirements : Methods, Tools, and Techniques
Author: Catherine Courage,Kathy Baxter
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
ISBN: 9781558609358
Category: Computers
Page: 781
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"Understanding Your Users is an easy to read, easy to implement, how-to guide on usability in the real world. It focuses on the "user requirements gathering" stage of product development and it provides a variety of techniques, many of which may be new to usability professionals. For each technique, readers will learn how to prepare for and conduct the activity, as well as analyze and present the data - all in a practical and hands-on way. The techniques can be used together to form a complete picture of the users' requirements or they can be used separately to address specific product questions. These methods have helped product teams understand the value of user requirements gathering by providing insight into how users work and what they need to be successful at their tasks."--BOOK JACKET.

Paper Prototyping

The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces
Author: Carolyn Snyder
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080513508
Category: Computers
Page: 408
View: 2030

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Do you spend a lot of time during the design process wondering what users really need? Do you hate those endless meetings where you argue how the interface should work? Have you ever developed something that later had to be completely redesigned? Paper Prototyping can help. Written by a usability engineer with a long and successful paper prototyping history, this book is a practical, how-to guide that will prepare you to create and test paper prototypes of all kinds of user interfaces. You'll see how to simulate various kinds of interface elements and interactions. You'll learn about the practical aspects of paper prototyping, such as deciding when the technique is appropriate, scheduling the activities, and handling the skepticism of others in your organization. Numerous case studies and images throughout the book show you real world examples of paper prototyping at work. Learn how to use this powerful technique to develop products that are more useful, intuitive, efficient, and pleasing: * Save time and money - solve key problems before implementation begins * Get user feedback early - use it to focus the development process * Communicate better - involve development team members from a variety of disciplines * Be more creative - experiment with many ideas before committing to one *Enables designers to solve design problems before implementation begins *Five case studies provide real world examples of paper prototyping at work *Delves into the specifics of what types of projects paper prototyping is and isn't good for.

Designing Web Interfaces

Principles and Patterns for Rich Interactions
Author: Bill Scott,Theresa Neil
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596554451
Category: Computers
Page: 334
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Want to learn how to create great user experiences on today's Web? In this book, UI experts Bill Scott and Theresa Neil present more than 75 design patterns for building web interfaces that provide rich interaction. Distilled from the authors' years of experience at Sabre, Yahoo!, and Netflix, these best practices are grouped into six key principles to help you take advantage of the web technologies available today. With an entire section devoted to each design principle, Designing Web Interfaces helps you: Make It Direct-Edit content in context with design patterns for In Page Editing, Drag & Drop, and Direct Selection Keep It Lightweight-Reduce the effort required to interact with a site by using In Context Tools to leave a "light footprint" Stay on the Page-Keep visitors on a page with overlays, inlays, dynamic content, and in-page flow patterns Provide an Invitation-Help visitors discover site features with invitations that cue them to the next level of interaction Use Transitions-Learn when, why, and how to use animations, cinematic effects, and other transitions React Immediately-Provide a rich experience by using lively responses such as Live Search, Live Suggest, Live Previews, and more Designing Web Interfaces illustrates many patterns with examples from working websites. If you need to build or renovate a website to be truly interactive, this book gives you the principles for success.

Designing UX: Forms


Author: Jessica Enders
Publisher: Sitepoint
ISBN: 9780994347053
Category: Computers
Page: 180
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A recent study found that on average, designing a form to have a great user experience almost doubled the rate of successful first-time completions. For example, Ebay made an additional $USD 500 million annually from redesigning just the button on one of their mobile form screens. More conversions, fewer dissatisfied users, better return on investment. Can you afford not to improve your forms' user experiences? This book will walk you through every part of designing a great forms user experience. From the words, to how the form looks, and on to interactivity, you'll learn how to design a web form that works beautifully on mobiles, laptops and desktops. Filled with practical and engaging insights, and plenty of real-world examples, both good and bad. You'll learn answers to common queries like: Where should field labels go? What makes a question easy to understand? How do you design forms to work on small screens? How does touch impact on form design? How long can a form be? What look and feel should the form have: skeumorphic, flat, or something else? What's best practice for error messaging?

GUI Bloopers

Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers
Author: Jeff Johnson
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558605824
Category: Computers
Page: 559
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GUI Bloopers looks at user interface design bloopers from commercial software, Web sites, and information appliances, explaining how intelligent, well-intentioned professionals made these dreadful mistakes--and how you can avoid them. While equipping you with all the theory needed to learn from these examples, GUI expert Jeff Johnson also presents the reality of interface design in an entertaining, anecdotal, and instructive way. This is an excellent, well-illustrated resource for anyone whose work touches on usability issues, including software engineers, Web site designers, managers of development processes, QA professionals, and usability professionals. Hear Jeff Johnson's interview podcast on software and website usability at the University of Canterbury (25 min.) * Takes a learn-by-example approach that teaches you to avoid common errors by asking the appropriate questions of your own interface designs. * Includes two complete war stories, drawn from the author's personal experience, that describe in detail the challenges faced by UI engineers. * Covers bloopers in a wide range of categories: GUI components, layout and appearance, text messages, interaction strategies, Web site design, responsiveness issues, management decision-making, and even more at www.GUI-bloopers.com. * Organized and formatted based on the results of its own usability testing--so you can quickly find the information you need, packaged in easily digested pieces. *Announcing the sequel: Web Bloopers. Totally devoted to the Web. Go to www.web-bloopers.com.

Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design


Author: Giles Colborne
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0134778251
Category: Computers
Page: 240
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In a chaotic world, we all crave simplicity. We don’t want to waste time reconfiguring our smartphones, fumbling over digital printers, or plodding through online forms while deadlines bear down on us. We want technology that works. Yet the harder we try to create simple user experiences, the more we tie ourselves up in knots. We are undermined by demands to cram in more features, or lured into approaches that turn out to be more complex than ever. Simplicity is a discipline that can be learned. This book shows you how–with humor, powerful examples, quotes, and case studies. This new edition has been updated to provide fresh advice for teams struggling to satisfy the conflicting demands of their stakeholders; it addresses important trends in technology; and it shows how four simple rules of simplicity can be applied to new and emerging types of interaction. More information at: www.simpleandusable.com

Designing UX: Forms

Create Forms That Don't Drive Your Users Crazy
Author: Jessica Enders
Publisher: SitePoint
ISBN: 1492017531
Category: Computers
Page: 276
View: 7874

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A recent study found that on average, designing a form to have a great user experience almost doubled the rate of successful first-time completions. For example, Ebay made an additional $USD 500 million annually from redesigning just the button on one of their mobile form screens. More conversions, fewer dissatisfied users, better return on investment. Can you afford not to improve your forms' user experiences? This book will walk you through every part of designing a great forms user experience. From the words, to how the form looks, and on to interactivity, you'll learn how to design a web form that works beautifully on mobiles, laptops and desktops. Filled with practical and engaging insights, and plenty of real-world examples, both good and bad. You'll learn answers to common queries like: Where should field labels go? What makes a question easy to understand? How do you design forms to work on small screens? How does touch impact on form design? How long can a form be? What look and feel should the form have: skeumorphic, flat, or something else? What's best practice for error messaging?

Designing for Interaction

Creating Innovative Applications and Devices
Author: Dan Saffer
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0321643399
Category: Computers
Page: 223
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Describes effective approaches to interaction design, with information on developing a design strategy, conducting research, analyzing the data, creating concepts, and testing and deployment.