I tend to make a point of saying to people that, even though it’s how I make my living. there’s not really much to be gained from having me design a simple form which asks for someone’s name, address, age etc etc. Having seen this form I’ve changed that view!
This is a typical example of the kind of basic form almost every organisation uses at some stage. Here’s a few mistakes to avoid if it becomes your job to create one.
Those boxes for the names – why?
Using these kind of boxes is actually really annoying for the user. We are used to writing words as group of letters – joined-up or not – so having to stop after each letter and move the pen about a centimetre to the right (yes, I measured it) isn’t natural.
Getting my age
3 boxes for me to put my age in would be optimistic, 6 is highly optimistic
If you’ve asked me whether I’m Mr/Ms/Miss/Mrs, and left me with no ‘Other’ option, do you really need to ask me whether I’m male or female?
Why are they half the height of the ones for my name? I shouldn’t ridicule this really: my writing tends to get lower and lower the more I write, probably a symptom of not writing enough.
Do you know what, I’ve had enough of moaning about this form, I’m going to redesign it – check back soon!