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Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks Paperback – Color, May 2, 2008
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Luke shares his secrets in this book, which should be required reading for every graphic designer, project manager, interaction designer, or usability researcher who might ever work on a Web form. Web Form Design is that rare book capable of transforming the way an entire field does its business. --Communication Arts
Luke Wroblewski has written one of the best books on user experience and web usability that I have read for some time. It deserves a place on every user experience or web designer's bookshelf. --The Designer's Review of Books
I highly recommend this book for both new and veteran web designers. It will help you to think more strategically about web forms, which will make them more successful. Your clients and their customers will benefit from your newfound knowledge and you'll feel like a genius. --Viget Labs
About the Author
Luke Wroblewski is currently Senior Principal of Product Ideation & Design at Yahoo! Inc. and Principal of LukeW Interface Designs, a product strategy and design consultancy he founded in 1996. Luke has authored a book on Web interface design principles titled Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability and numerous articles on design methodologies, strategies and applications including those featured in his own online publication: Functioning Form. He is also a frequent presenter on topics related to Web startegy and design and a former member of the board of directors of the Interaction Design Association. Previously, Luke was the Lead Interface Designer of eBay Inc.'s platform team. At eBay, he led the strategic and interaction of new consumer products (including Kijiji and eBay Express) and internal tools and processes including design pattern and creative asset management systems. Luke also taught interface design courses in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a Senior Interface Designer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic.
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Unfortunately the book didn't match my expectations because I would've liked to see more findings based on testing, studies conducted by others and literature in general. What I wanted to see was a more "scientific" book and not just another web design book.
Don't get me wrong though. The book is great if you just want to learn how to design basic forms with basic HTML user interface widgets for websites. Web application interfaces are out of scope of this book.
I recommend this title for those that are relatively new to the user interface design side of web forms or need to freshen up their knowledge. I think the book could also be a good tool to back up your design decisions in the face of an opposition resisting to reconsider a bad design of a particular form.
It should also be remembered that good UI design alone does not guarantee that the form will be accessible and usable for all. A lot of work needs to be done under the hood starting from the HTML markup. If I remember right, the book Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, has a great chapter on building the HTML right!
The information is targeted at designers with intermediate experience. If you've been reading A List Apart since 2001 you'll probably feel like you've heard a lot of this book's content already. However, having it collected in one place has a lot of added value.
One thing I feel is missing is the code examples for all* the "best practice" form designs. I understand this isn't the intention of the book, but code examples are usually given on web design blogs.
*Some code examples are given in the end of the book--I haven't gotten to them yet--but they couldn't cover ALL the designs.