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From customer leads to patient records, all organisations rely on effective and efficient data collection.The tools and applications through which such data is gathered are called “forms”.

We help organisations do more with less by fixing their forms.

Our services:

  • advice on design of existing forms and forms management business processes;
  • design of new forms, or redesign of existing forms;
  • training in form design best practice and forms strategy; and
  • research into what makes forms work.

Principal of Formulate Information Design is Jessica Enders.

Find out more about us and access free articles and research posts at formulate.com.au.


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comment What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?
I agree with you, virtualnobi, regarding focal field and changing the styling when running out of characters. Am planning to do this in addition to the counter, but still keen to optimise counter location if at all possible.
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asked What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?
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Apr
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asked How to solve a space/content conflict in a paper form
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answered Should we avoid negative words when writing error messages?
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awarded  forms
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comment Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?
Interesting solution. On inspection it looks like it will work (although for something so novel, I'd definitely want to do some user testing). I would suggest two tweaks. First, some people have just one name, so soften the validation to require just one character in one of the two component fields. Second, I'd put the "full name" options in alphabetical order, so they are easier to review. Also, is there actually any evidence for (full) names that are part names joined without spaces (3rd & 4th option in list)? (As an aside, this doesn't solve the Carreño Quiñones problem ... does it?)
Apr
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answered Good UX for a form
Apr
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comment Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?
I see the potential difficulty, but I think it's important not to confuse the users who enter their name with the users who are running reports. The answer to your sorting question depends on the users who are running reports: does it matter to them whether María-Jose Carreño Quiñones is sorted to appear under "C" or "Q"? If not, then you can just use the data as entered into the field.
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answered Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?
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answered Does leaving a field blank - mean “everyone”
Feb
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comment Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields
The other problem with horizontal checkboxes is that it can be harder to ensure that visually, the label is easy to associate with its respective checkbox. For example, with your mockup, it is likely that some users will think the checkbox for fax is the one on the left hand side and some will think it's the box on the right hand side. You also have the horizontal width to contend with if you go across the screen. You avoid both of these problems altogether if you align boxes vertically, as JohnGB suggests.
Feb
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answered Two dependent inputs in a form
Feb
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comment How to design the input field for recipe ingredients
It is naive to say a good UX is about the user before everything else. There is no UX without an organisation behind it to build and maintain the system. And software that does everything for everyone suits no-one, so you need to ahve a clear vision. It is also naive to suggest that data can always be parsed internally. Every client I've every worked with – many of them very competent and dedicated – has had some (legitimate) barriers to doing this, e.g. legacy systems, or the data not lending itself to accurate parsing (e.g. splitting names).
Feb
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comment Does the size of an input influence its value?
I didn't say that the email field should be longer, just that it probably needs to be longer than the password field, as the latter is usually not much more than 6-10 characters. Remember, this form has to be designed to suit everybody's email addresses and passwords – the form doesn't know beforehand who is logging in. BTW, a longer password is not necessarily a stronger one.