July 10, 2008
Web Sign-Up Form Design Studies
by Marco Vitanza
Smashing Magazine has published two interesting studies on web form design practices (part 1, part 2). They gathered information about the sign-up forms from 100 popular sites and compiled it into a number of easy-to-read charts and graphs.
Where should the link to the form be placed in the layout? How should we design it? How should we highlight the labels and how should we align them? How do web form design patterns look like in modern web-sites?
For example, 57% of the forms provided static help text for each field, while 10% used dynamic tooltips, leaving 33% which did not provide any hints or descriptive text whatsoever.

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