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Fancy Form Design--New from SitePoint: Create Sensational Web Forms That Sparkle

November 5, 2009

Sebastopol, CAFancy Form Design ($29.95 USD), SitePoint's most anticipated book release this year, is now hitting shelves across the US.

Based on one of SitePoint's all-time most popular tutorials, this expanded guide shows web designers how to create visually stunning and usable web forms.

Readers will learn:

  • the basics of grid design and typography
  • tips on how to use color and images effectively
  • the secret to structuring forms for maximum usability
  • how to write useful instructions, errors, and advisory text to eliminate user frustration and form abandonment
  • all about styling web forms using CSS to make them appealing
  • techniques for jazzing up web forms using JavaScript—such as creating "multiple path" forms with conditional elements, password strength indicators, and autocompletes, and capturing day and month information

"Web Forms—whether securing registration data, or capturing data to complete a purchase—are too often poorly thought-out," says Matt Mickiewicz, SitePoint Co-founder. "With this book, we're giving web designers the guidance to create forms that are attractive, usable, and accessible across a broad range of devices and platforms."

By the end of the book, readers will have the code and knowledge they need to build fancy forms of their own.

For review copies or more information please email sitepointpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

For other inquires, such as excerpt or interview requests, please contact Shayne.Tilley@sitepoint.com.

Jina Bolton is an interaction designer at Crush + Lovely. Previously, Jina worked at Apple, Inc. as a visual interaction designer and front-end web developer.

Tim Connell is a developer with Fresh Interface and a technical consultant for Squiz Australia, who specialize in enterprise content management.

Derek Featherstone is a well known instructor, author, speaker, and developer with expertise in web accessibility consulting.

Additional Resources
Fancy Form Design is written by notable authors Jina Bolton, Derek Featherstone, and Tim Connell, and printed in beautiful full-color. For more information, please visit the books dedicated home page:

Fancy Form Design
Publisher: SitePoint
Tim Connell, Jina Bolton, Derek Featherstone
ISBN: 9780980576849, 250 pages,
Book Price: $29.95 USD

About SitePoint
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SitePoint specializes in publishing fun, practical, and easy-to-understand content for web professionals. Its popular online magazine, blogs, newsletters, and print books teach best practices to web developers and designers worldwide.

SitePoint also runs the #1 Marketplace on the Web for buying and selling web sites, blogs, and forums.

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