10 rules for making user-friendly web forms

Illustration of web forms on an iMac and tablet

Despite the evolution of human-computer interaction, forms still remain one of the most important types of interaction for users. People who use your application or website have a particular goal, and often the one thing standing between the user and their goal is a form. Every day, we use them for our essential activities – to complete purchases, to sign up for social networks, to provide feedback on a product we've bought, and more – they're a huge part of user experience.

As a result, it's very important for us to be able to complete online forms quickly and without confusion. The less effort we have to spend, the happier we are. As designers and developers, we should strive to produce faster, easier and more productive form experiences for our users.

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Nick Babich is a software developer specialising in interface design and UX.