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This month brings our usual mix of hands-on tactical advice and deeper reads on how to think about design. Hope you learn something new!
Create login forms that are simple, linkable, predictable, and play nicely with password managers.
- Brad Frost, Web Designer
A bit of a rant about login overload, Don’t Get Clever With Login Forms makes some good points about keeping your login screen simple, especially given that many of us use password managers now.
Too often, both in professional and open-source codebases, there are cases where people attach a sense of self to the code that they write. This makes collaboration way more difficult.
- Iheanyi Ekechukwu, Software Engineer
I always enjoy perspectives on UX and UI from outside the world of design. This one is unique because it comes from the inside as well. Lessons from Design School for Software Engineers is both understanding and kind to developers, yet challenging to their way of thinking.
In order for error messages to be effective, people need to see them, understand them, and be able to act upon them easily.
- Rachel Krause, User Experience Specialist
Concise, yet comprehensive, How to Report Errors in Forms: 10 Design Guidelines tells you pretty much everything you need to know about form validation and error recovery.
Just as a well-designed building reveals new information to the inhabitant, your interface should provide sufficient detail and refinement to support the user who is up-close and personal, day after day.
- Colin A. Eagan, UX Designer
A lot of food for thought here. Five Lessons from Architecture School that Will Improve Your UX Work provides advice on how to build your interfaces to stand the test of time, a way of thinking UI designers aren’t accustomed to.
The width of the Input field should be wide enough to contain the typical search query.
- Dawson Beggs, Digital Product Designer
Short and to-the-point with clear illustrations, Best UX Practices for Search Inputs provides some easy do’s and don’ts for search box design.
That’s it for this month. I’ll be back again next month with more good reads.
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