Website owners often use Web forms as a way to communicate with the visitors. Feedbacks are always important to help the website to improve, as the result it’s important to make web forms intuitive to use and easy to understand. However, even with Web form design, one can afford a healthy dose of creativity. Web forms can use Flash and CSS; and don’t have to be bland. A creative designer can make an effective and appealing Web form. To get your website noticed, you should come up with something interesting and unique, icons, symbols, position and colors can help you to achieve interesting design solutions. These are seven tips to get an appealing and effective Web form:
- Use beautiful, simple and clean solutions
On some websites, Web form can be the most important feature, if this is the case, designers should make sure that users can understand how to fill the form easily. Long and complex Web forms can increase the cognitive loads experienced by users, which can be hard to deal with. As the result, you may need to choose clean and simple design, which is often a sound solution. However, if you want to attract attention and motivate users to use the feature, try to make it looks good and give attention to details. It is also a good idea to use attractive imageries in the Web forms.
- Be creative
Although Web forms are supposed to allow visitors to communicate and easily get in touch with website owners, designers should risk offering layouts users wouldn’t expect from the standard, dull Web form they have used to for many years.
- Use illustration to brighten things up
When users open the Web form, they are one step away of communicating with website owners. You should encourage users to use the form by adorning the form with attractive illustrations and characters, which can make users, feel more comfortable.
- Integrate useful functions
Recent Web forms have some new functionality, including sliders and WYSIWIG editor. A slider can help users define a valid value and editors can provide visitors with images, different header levels and rich text editing capabilities.
- Use icons
There’s nothing more painful than a lengthy web form that has no visual indicator and uses only plain text labels. This is simply a bad design from the usability point of view. Such forms are uncomfortable to use, unattractive and boring. You can have a better web form; in fact, you don’t need to try too hard. Icons can visually indicate required and optional information users need to fill in the form.
- Use grunge and hand-drawn illustration (optional)
Grunge design and hand-drawn elements can add new touches to typical Web 2.0-influenced Web form. These elements should be able to convey the designer’s unique personality.