I met Caroline Jarrett in 2010 in Lisbon Portugal, where we were both speaking at a conference. Caroline is a usability consultant in the UK, and she specializes in designing forms. She has a great book, Forms That Work. In this podcast Caroline and I have a fun conversation about designing usable forms.
You can listen to the podcast by clicking on this link
In this podcast we talk about:
- How to design usable forms
- Why you should think about “relationship” and “conversation” when you are designing forms
- The ubiquitous argument: do you put colons or not at the end of field labels?
- and lots of other fun and interesting topics. It’s all about forms.
What do you think are some of the most interesting points Caroline makes in the interview?
Caroline’s twitter address is: @cjforms
And for more information about Caroline’s book:
3 Replies to “Do people have relationships with forms?: Podcast with author Caroline Jarrett”
I have just fininshed reading ‘Forms that Work’ after being introduced to it through the podcast.
I never thought that somebody would invest so much time into investigating forms. But it all makes perfect sense and the findings and suggestions are very interesting and entertaining to read.
At the end of the day it is the same with forms as it is with websites: Structure is so very important and sometimes less is more. Getting lost in the depth of a website is equally depressing as getting confused and dazzled by forms that do not make sense and just take too much time to fill in.
BTW: why is it required that I leave my email address in the form on this site before I can make my comment? I am expecting a response now :)
Joe — It is interesting to stop and think about how important good forms design is, isn’t it? Regarding having to enter your email address to leave a comment — I’m using WordPress and that seems to be required by WordPress. But I’ll check into whether I can turn that off!
I have recently had the honor to interview Caroline Jarrett for my blog UsabilityGeek (http://usabilitygeek.com).
Read the full interview here: http://usabilitygeek.com/an-interview-with-caroline-jarrett/