No, I won’t shut up about how much Iove these essays by @workjon. I reread most of them today. It’s hard to choose an excerpt to feature, but this post, your sign-up form tells me all I need to know, is highly relevant to the past few hours of productivity.
We swept all our forms on Sociallist to get consistent capitalization and created as many classes as needed to ensure the spacing on every label was done right. There are also a few (hopefully) delightful interactions in the form filling experience we hope our users will like. Yes, FORM FILLING — They are going to be some of the nicest forms on the internet.
Some designers treat sign-up/sign-in forms as being outside the core experience for a web app. A few necessarily frustrating hoops before getting to the real fun of the site.
I disagree. Forms are the handshake, the joke to break the ice, the first impression. Your form tells me everything I need to know about your app, and by extension, your interaction design skills.
Update: 4years course planning UI
Refresher: This is a pet project intended to 1) design a face suitable for a friend’s start-up idea and 2) brush up on.. well, everything, concept to implementation.
sketches in flash (cleaning up ones on paper)
beginnings of to-pixel chrome before prototype implementation
IxD Reading List
I’m starting here:
Thoughts on Interaction Design - John Kolko
Designing for Interaction - Dan Saffer
I don’t read much (anymore?) and I hope to change that. Right now, I’m a believer of ‘designers should be able to build what they design’. So, programming/prototyping books which are designer-friendly are sought for too. What other books would you recommend?