Form design: from zero to hero all in one blog post by Adam Silver | Designer, London, UK.
Form design: from zero to hero all in one blog post
22 JUL 2019
Hi there. If we haven’t met before, I’m Adam and I’m obsessed with designing forms. And I have been for almost 20 years.
What is it about forms then?
Every meaningful interaction on the web is achieved by a form of some sort. Whether it’s letting users renew their passport, send an email or buy something.
Basically anything that isn’t just reading content.
What’s interesting though is that on first glance, forms are easy. In a few minutes you can have text boxes and radio buttons on screen and working.
But look around the internet for a minute, and you’ll find a million and one usability issues revolving around forms.
I’m pretty sure I’ve come across every single one of them. And spent hours solving each one in a way that works for everyone.
And some forms have more than just fields and buttons. They can contain complex interactions or form part of a wider journey—both of which need due care and attention.
So, if I was designing a new form, I’d want to know how to avoid the common issues. And to use my time to solve newer and perhaps more difficult problems.
Seriously, who wants to spend time solving something that’s already been solved?..