We weigh up the different approaches for indicating required versus optional fields in web forms, and argue that marking only optional fields should be the standard from now on.
The last couple of years have seen a renewal of interest in ‘fill-in-the-blanks’ — or ‘mad libs’ — forms.
New Formulate research shows that in most cases, you’d be mad to use the mad libs approach.
Forget instructions, tips and help; a real-world example shows how imperative it is to put key information in the question itself.
Learning best practices is a crucial part of being able to design good forms, but it’s not all you need. As this article will describe, sometimes the biggest challenges are less tangible and require “softer” skills.
When people are given the choice, do they prefer to provide a landline or mobile phone number? And what’s the error rate for this information? Get the answers in this research piece from Formulate.
Following on from our earlier article about mobile phone numbers, here we explore the way landline numbers are typically entered into an electronic form.
In this article we’re going to look at every aspect of mandatory versus optional fields, including: what the two different types of fields are; how they should be indicated; and indeed whether there is a need to distinguish between the two field types at all.
When discussing survey forms, questions about behaviour are often called “factual questions” to distinguish them from questions about opinion or perceptions. The use of the term “factual” is a misnomer, however, and in this article we’ll look at why.
Formulate Information Design is looking forward to an exciting 2009.
How should elements be aligned on a form? This article provides some solid, evidence-based recommendations for an often hotly-debated topic.