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Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks Paperback – 2 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Rosenfeld Media; 1st edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933820241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933820248
  • Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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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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Do yourself a favour and don't make the same mistake I did with buying the paperback hard copy... it isn't printed in colour and as a 'design' book, it was much harder to get a grasp on contrasts and layout because it's all greyscale. Got hold of the ebook now which is all in colour and it's WAY better.

As for the content, it's great to have a web design book that isn't all about code or the UI of a creative program for mockups. It's thorough, goes into a lot of basic concepts without being condescending, and I've found it a valuable learning tool, as I have with other Head First books.
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There is little to distinguish this book from other works on web usability. Though it concentrates on forms rather than pages, it discusses the same design issues.

I was very disappointed how little thought and page room the author gives to the quality of the data being gathered by the forms he discusses. It is clear that lowering the barriers that forms create between the customer and what they wish to achieve on your site is essential, through better design if need be. But it helps little that they can fill a form in quicker, for example, if the data gathered is so poor as to be unusable. The author recognises that we should be designing forms to work "outside in" (from the point of view of the customer) rather than "inside out" (from the point of view of the database beneath it), but this can be done without compromising on data quality.

The author is also firmly fixated on the United States and gives hardly a mention on the issues that customers from outside the States, who speak different languages, don't live in states and so on, will have when filling in forms.
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I am a self taught web designer and this book puts everything I know into context and has helped me to produce better quality websites faster.

If you are already creating great websites or you have been on a web design course then this book may not be for you.

This book also helps you to provide better communication with your clients and how to organise yourself better by working methodically.

One of my biggest flaws in web designing was accessability to disabled user and this book really helped me.

I would recommend this book if you want to fine tune your web designing skills.
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I've been a huge fan of the "Head First" series of books since they were launched and have used them to prepare for several Java certifications. Their book on design patterns is the most readable book on the subject. Recently though it seems to me that they are rushing out books on every subject under the sun. That is painfully evident in this ill-thought-out book.

I don't know who the authors have in mind as being the typical audience for this book. On the one hand they assume you are conversant in HTML and CSS but then spend a couple of chapters telling you how to organise a navigation system and how to speak to the customer. A lot of it is common sense to anyone who has spent time browsing the web. It's probably safe to assume that anyone who has bothered to learn
HTML and CSS will have spent a fair amount of time online. Incidentally, anyone looking for a well-presented, visual, introduction to CSS could do worse than check out the CSS section of the "Head First" book on HTML&CSS.

There were things I liked about this book. The section on colour palettes contained some useful recommendations. The section on accessibility was excellent and is a subject often overlooked because it's not as much fun as playing around with colours and layouts. The section on the business angle was useful, though by no means comprehensive.

What disappointed me most about this book was the number of omissions. Despite emphasising accessibility and knowing your audience( ironic since the authors don't appear to as far as the book is concerned ) no advice is given about browser compatibility. While some might argue that this is a CSS implementation issue it is a consideration you make prior to writing the code therefore is a design issue in my book.
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Luke has done an excellent job turning a subject traditionally perceived as boring into an engaging topic. His passion for interaction design and user experience shines through and makes this an excellent read. Each chapter focusses on one aspect of forms from labels to the path to competion. The diagrams are clear and concise with recommendations backed up by primary and secondary research. Whilst the book may seem expensive the return on investment will more than pay for it!
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I sort of think this book is amazing. Whilst you can probably get all the information inside it online with a bit of googling, it's nicely bound together here and presented in a logic walk through of the subject matter. I still hate making forms but there's not really any way around it, so it's very useful to have a guide
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