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The Flexibility Principle Applied to Forms and Menus

The working memory has limited capacity. Research shows that young adults can only hold 3-5 items in their heads at a time. And the older you are, the fewer you can hold. As such, it’s easy for users to forget how to accomplish a task they’ve done before. When this happens, it can cause them […] The post The Flexibility Principle Applied to Forms...

Anatomy of a Good vs. Bad Sign Up Form

It’s hard to tell the difference between a good and bad sign up form at first glance. But when you examine the design details of each form field, the difference becomes clearer. Bad sign up forms make users do extra work with more typing and thinking than necessary. Good sign up forms lessen the user’s […] The post Anatomy of a Good vs. Bad Sign Up...

The Trick to Writing Error Messages That Won’t Frustrate Users

Technology fails you when it tells you there’s a problem without telling you how to fix it. Error messages on forms often frustrate users because they do just this. Most forms use the same error message for every field, no matter what input error is. Knowing that there’s something wrong with their input doesn’t help […] The post The Trick to Writing...

Why Question Labels on Form Fields Engage Users More

What goes through your mind when someone asks you a question compared to someone stating a word? Chances are you’re thinking more about the question than the word. When form fields use question labels, users think more about their data input. Questions engage users more than a single word label. Humans are social creatures that […] The post Why Question...

Stop Misusing Placeholder Text on Textfields

Too many forms are misusing placeholder text on text fields. Placeholder text is not an excuse to put anything you want in the textfield. Doing so not only presents an unprofessional impression, but it can confuse users. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to follow when using placeholder text on your textfields. Follow them […] The post Stop Misusing...

Best Practices to Make Your Toasts Usable and Accessible

There are many reasons why toasts are an effective way to express interface states. But if you don’t design them the right way, they can end up working against you. Some designers think toasts have poor usability and accessibility. However, toasts themselves don’t cause these issues. Designers who don’t design them properly do. By following […] The...

Why You Should Use Toasts to Express Interface States

Imagine performing a task on an interface and not getting feedback on whether you’re doing things correctly. The lack of feedback would make you feel uncertain and apprehensive about your actions. That’s why it’s important to inform users of interface states as they occur in context. The best way to do this is to use […] The post Why You Should Use...

How to Give Visual Feedback After Users Click a Button

In physics, every action has a reaction. This law applies to interface design too. When users click an action button, they need to see a reaction from the system. The reaction is often a simple screen change. When the current screen changes to a new screen, users know that the button performed its action. However, […] The post How to Give Visual Feedback...

How to Reduce Form Abandonment with Info Icons

Not every form field is straightforward. Sometimes the user isn’t sure what data to enter or which option to select. As a result, they could abandon the form to avoid making an error. Users often do this with online purchases because they don’t want to risk losing money. One way to reduce form abandonment is […] The post How to Reduce Form Abandonment...

Question Mark vs. Info Icon: When to Use Which

Every now and then, users need help with their tasks. There are a couple of ways to assist them. You can either use a question mark icon or an info icon. Don’t confuse the two because they carry different affordances. Question Mark Icon When users need help, a question mark icon represents their state of […] The post Question Mark vs. Info Icon:...

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