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Order forms, invoices, applications, and questionnaires are all standardized ways of requesting or presenting information, designed to focus on the essentials and so make life faster and simpler. But if a form is too complicated, confusing, or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the public’s perception of Order forms, invoices, applications, and questionnaires are all standardized ways of requesting or presenting information, designed to focus on the essentials and so make life faster and simpler. But if a form is too complicated, confusing, or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the public’s perception of a business or brand. Successful forms do exist—efficient, streamlined, even stylish—but they are a challenge to create. Filled with practical advice and inspiring ideas, this book covers everything from grids and graphic devices to fonts and formatting, comparing all the options and clearly illustrating the advantages of each approach. An extensive collection of innovative form designs from top designers and studios showcases a range of thoughtful, elegant, or witty solutions to the task of form creation and proves that attention to even the smallest design elements can make a big difference in the way that people and organizations interact.


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Order forms, invoices, applications, and questionnaires are all standardized ways of requesting or presenting information, designed to focus on the essentials and so make life faster and simpler. But if a form is too complicated, confusing, or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the public’s perception of Order forms, invoices, applications, and questionnaires are all standardized ways of requesting or presenting information, designed to focus on the essentials and so make life faster and simpler. But if a form is too complicated, confusing, or obscure, it can become a barrier to clear communication, wasting time and money and potentially harming the public’s perception of a business or brand. Successful forms do exist—efficient, streamlined, even stylish—but they are a challenge to create. Filled with practical advice and inspiring ideas, this book covers everything from grids and graphic devices to fonts and formatting, comparing all the options and clearly illustrating the advantages of each approach. An extensive collection of innovative form designs from top designers and studios showcases a range of thoughtful, elegant, or witty solutions to the task of form creation and proves that attention to even the smallest design elements can make a big difference in the way that people and organizations interact.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is the bible of form design. It's 324 pages thick and they even use form paper material for the first feel pages, eh, to get you into the mood. It is comprehensive, covering not just the design but also on how to phrase questions to get the required response. There are tips on structure, style, typography, user friendliness and much more. Included are plenty of examples from real life, from the dreaded tax forms to popular lottery forms. Here are the diffe (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is the bible of form design. It's 324 pages thick and they even use form paper material for the first feel pages, eh, to get you into the mood. It is comprehensive, covering not just the design but also on how to phrase questions to get the required response. There are tips on structure, style, typography, user friendliness and much more. Included are plenty of examples from real life, from the dreaded tax forms to popular lottery forms. Here are the different types of forms covered: * Application forms * Registration forms * Declarations * Orders and contracts * Invoices, bills and receipts * Notices and statements * Questionaires * Certificates and passes * Tickets, cheques and shares * Records and checklists * Direct mail The part on digital forms is just like printed forms, with the focus on collecting data -- huge amount of data. So you won't see examples of online user registration forms. Instead, it talks about the different ways printed forms can be translated for online use. This book is a great resource on designing forms.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Exintaris

    Great book on forms. Physically very large. Nice thick paper. Requires a bookchair to be read without digging into you or making your arms ache. Pros Exclusively dedicated to forms. We can see a history. Tips on organising, field design, grouping, summaries, and more. Appendix of many inspiring (or bland, but hey, they’re FORMS!!) designs at the back. Cons Does not mention the services related to those forms. Any form is part of a service. I would have liked a little bit of service design context Great book on forms. Physically very large. Nice thick paper. Requires a bookchair to be read without digging into you or making your arms ache. Pros Exclusively dedicated to forms. We can see a history. Tips on organising, field design, grouping, summaries, and more. Appendix of many inspiring (or bland, but hey, they’re FORMS!!) designs at the back. Cons Does not mention the services related to those forms. Any form is part of a service. I would have liked a little bit of service design context to make the book easier to leverage in practice for less experienced designers. Has 0.5% of pages dedicated to PDF and web forms, which it lumps together as electronic (or digital?). It was published in 2010, so I would have expected a little bit more on electronic forms. Or nothing. They went into deep detail on a couple of things, leaving massive gaps in digital form design. Makes me wish that chapter wasn’t there at all, it felt like digital was beyond the authors’ field of expertise... and should have not been attempted. Would I recommend it? Yes. If you are a service designer you MUST get your hands on this book to give yourself a history and reference for a lot of form practices over time and sectors. I expect to refer to it regularly and use it to help me justify certain design choices, by quickly showing the more painful alternatives. Each section in micro-design has a good “here are 10 ways to do this” illustrated bit. VERY handy when you’re in the nitty gritty of designing forms. I work for a consultancy. We innovate around digital products and services. Right now it’s Coronavirus Isolation days, but if we ever end up in an office environment again with our immersion centre operating, I will lobby for budget to set up a library for us. And I would include this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    very comprehensive if you need a reference book for designing forms.

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