Fancy Form Design

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Forms' - is there any other word that strikes as much fear into the hearts of web designers? Not any more ...

Fancy Form Design is a practical hands-on, full color book that follows the process of creating visually stunning yet usable web forms, from start to end. The book covers all design elements from planning the form's purpose and interface through to mastering markup, applying style with CSS, and adding interactivity and visual effects with JavaScript. By the end of the ...

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Overview

Forms' - is there any other word that strikes as much fear into the hearts of web designers? Not any more ...

Fancy Form Design is a practical hands-on, full color book that follows the process of creating visually stunning yet usable web forms, from start to end. The book covers all design elements from planning the form's purpose and interface through to mastering markup, applying style with CSS, and adding interactivity and visual effects with JavaScript. By the end of the you'll will have the code, and wisdom, they need to build fancy forms of their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980576849
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,122,072
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jina Bolton lives in Silicon Valley, is a member if the AIGA, has a bachelor of fine arts (with an emphasis on computer arts & graphic design) and currently does web design professionally for a living. She's an active public speaker and co-author of SitePoint's The Art & Science of CSS.

Derek Featherstone is a well known instructor, author, speaker, and developer with expertise in web accessibility consulting. A high-quality instructor, Derek draws on 10 years experience running his web development and accessibility consultancy Further Ahead.

Tim Connell is a developer with Fresh Interface and a technical consultant for Squiz Australia, who specialize in enterprise content management.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Who should Read This Book? xi

What's Covered in This Book? xii

The SitePoint Forums xiii

This Book's Web Site xiii

The SitePoint Newsletters xiii

The SitePoint Podcast xiv

Your Feedback xiv

Conventions Used in This Book xv

Acknowledgements xviii

Chapter 1 Planning 1

The Elements of Forms 2

Research and Finding Inspiration 12

Interaction Design 16

Chapter 2 Designing 27

Grid and Typography 27

Color 31

Imagery 33

Summary 41

Chapter 3 Structure 43

The Structure of a Form 44

Instructions, Errors, and Advisory Text 55

The Final Markup 58

Conclusion 74

Chapter 4 Styling 75

Stuff to Consider 76

Preparing Your Canvas 77

Reset Styles 78

Fieldsets and Legends 81

Form Questions 83

Putting It All Together 96

Chapter 5 Enhancing 119

Fancier Form Widgets 120

Back to Our Forms 132

Conclusion 146

Index 147

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Design, functionality and accessibility

    Almost every web site has something in common, forms. The authors start out with planning out the form by showing all the possible input types like radio buttons and drop down lists. They then go on to show you some different ways to organize your form elements on the page. Almost as soon as they start talking about structure they add in accessibility.In the next chapter they not only explain ways to deal with giving the user instructions, dealing with error codes and adding advisory text they explain how to add in accessibility to these elements also.They include pages of code examples so you can see how everything comes together. This is different from the many books that give you bits and pieces but never put everything together for you to see a final project.After they give you a solid foundation they dive into how to style the form which takes some work because if you ever attempted to add a form to your site you know how tricky it can be.They show some different ways to style your form with examples along with explaining the pros and cons of each.The last chapter is about adding form enhancements using jQuery and JavaScript. They also show the code that adds input validation to your form.You might think this book is essentially about how to design the looks of your form it also shows how to design them with function and accessibility in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    For the Beginner?

    This is a light weight book. Anyone other than a beginner might want to skip this book. It covers some basic information a beginner might find useful. It is not a book covering the many different ideas and concepts of form design and the size of the book reflexes that being only about 150 pages long. The book has just one extended example and not a particularly complex one. As for "Fancy" I think that is overstating the form design in the book. It is a solid, professionally design form, but one most developers already know how to create. For a beginner this might be one of many books to read. It is short and a fast read with several ideas and concepts a beginner should know.

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