Adam Silver

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  • Posted to Form Design Patterns book is out today via Smashing Magazine, Oct 10, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this Mark.

    I’ve been obsessed with form design from day one, which for me, was almost two decades ago!

    And about two years ago I realised I was wasting a lot of time solving the same problems again and again. You get it—most web thingies let users register, login, search, filter, checkout and upload files etc.

    While I had a growing collection of mock-ups, prototypes and code snippets I could refer back to, I didn’t have the guidance, rationale and mindset written down to go along with it.

    I wanted something less fragmented. To get this stuff out of my head and onto paper. I wanted to focus on newer, bigger problems. And I wanted the web to get better at this stuff so we can all level up together.

    So I decided to write a book with ten big problems to solve. Together, they cover the overwhelming majority of form design patterns we find (often done badly) across the web.

    And you can't do anything these days without at least mentioning design systems so I decided to make one to accompany the book. It houses all the demos, components and patterns in the book. You'll get a link to each one at the bottom of every chapter.

    And today I’m so happy to tell you the book is available to buy on Smashing Magazine—either as a beautiful hardback or ebook.

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  • Posted to Button's shouldn't have a hand cursor (part 2), in reply to Renato Castelo , Apr 20, 2018

    Yep, otherwise known as Jakob's law and it's a fair point against my article.

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  • Posted to Button's shouldn't have a hand cursor (part 2), in reply to Marcel van Werkhoven , Apr 14, 2018

    Yes, definitely have another visual cue—don't forget the hover state.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Stuart McCoy , Jun 27, 2017

    The point about One Thing Per Page was it shortens forms, meaning users get feedback after filling out each field.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Matt Rintoul , Jun 27, 2017

    Yes, they wish to move on, but they may have made a mistake. We know that they want to move on when they submit (as opposed to type/blur).

    In which case, makes sense to show them their mistake then, without interrupting them.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Stuart McCoy , Jun 27, 2017

    I was joking.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Matt Rintoul , Jun 26, 2017

    Yes was talking about real time “live” feedback.

    In field messaging is definitely a good thing for several reasons.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Henrique Nogueira , Jun 26, 2017

    By data, do you mean quantitive data? Or is qualitative data enough? I've seen people experience the problems I've demonstrated in the article. I didn't make them up. I don't have an agenda to demote a perfectly valid design pattern such as inline validation. :)

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Matt Rintoul , Jun 26, 2017

    Hey Matt,

    Is there an example of inline validation that doesn't suffer from (some of) the problems mentioned in the article?

    but the example you linked still uses inline validation.

    What uses inline validation? I don't follow.

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  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, in reply to Jim Silverman , Jun 26, 2017

    Whilst the logic of your argument is perfect, there is no stats to back it up.

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