What is the basis for some of these decisions?
Place labels on the left of fields in case of large forms and on top for smaller forms.
It would be cool if you linked to studies or some more specific reasoning, rather than just blanket statements.
Thanks, Dan. That's a great idea! I'll add this info in version 2.0 of this article.
I agree some validation of many of these viewpoints would be useful. A few in particular (form placeholders) run counter to some research done by folks like NNGroup, etc.
I'd also like to see things judged in more quantitative terms than "professional" which is used a few times. We can judge professionalism in different ways, but legibility can be measured.
Thanks for the feedback.
Great article :) I use Typeform for all my forms :P
Typeform rocks! :p
this is good advice. one thing to note is that, if you're dealing with legacy systems, you may need to make compromises. limiting input fields like in the below example is ideal, but might not be technically feasible within scope.
Hey Jim, thanks for the feedback. I realize that I described the ideal case. I believe it's a struggle for almost every designer to deal with legacy systems, but eventually, we need to change things for the better, even if it's not a high priority task.
Thanks for the article, some good tips.
Would you say for the gender drop down it's better to use radio buttons? (assuming it's going to be 3 values only)
Also, checked out the rest of your site. Great site and that you're doing your own products and working remotely, something I'm planning to explore, so will be checking out your book.
Slightly unrelated... your very first blog post reads
"How Is Time Management Works In Developing Design"
It's a confusing title, maybe you meant "How Time Management Works in Developing Design"?
Yes, you probably right. Sorry for the typo. Hope you liked it anyway ;)
Hey, no need to apologise - it wasn't a complaint. Just in case you wanted to fix it ;)
I wrote something very similar 2 years ago. Definitely use some research to validate your suggestions.
Will do in the next update. Thanks, Carlos.
Do you have any favorite sources for research/credible studies on UX?
I use Nielson Norman website, UX movement, UX Planet and then Google a bit.
Good article. thanks for writing/sharing