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What’s your designer star sign?

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Designers born under Aries are fearless. They aren’t afraid to tell the client what they really think. Their passion lies in branding – they want to put their mark on everything. And if the chance arises, they’ll make a logo design 10 times bigger just so they can admire it from afar.

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Excellent Examples of Sign Up Forms That Impress Your Customers Right From The Start

Although these forms are seen as less important details, they should be taken seriously. There are many businesses which don’t pay attention to this form and just throw something on their website that is supposed to be filled out, irrespective of its design. But without an increased number of subscribers a business couldn’t become a thriving business.

Excellent Examples of Sign Up Forms That Impress Your Customers Right From The Start

The truth is that sign-up forms come in so many styles that is very difficult to know which is the right choice. And yes: usually, they include a few form fields such as “email”, “password” and “repeat password”. So, is there something important to design here? There are just 3 form fields! Will they scare people?

Well, in some cases this really happens and data extracted from Google Analytics shows this is true. And of course, they’re not scared by forms, but by being spammed. Or, they’re reluctant to wasting time if the form is boring, too complicated and too long. A sign-up form should be catchy, memorable, remind the user that he is important and the reason why he uses the website.

How to create top notch and effective sign-up forms

Sign-up forms should look great, but they also need to be functional. Although there is no particular recipe for designing effective web forms, there are some general ideas that could be very helpful.

First of all, it should not take long for users to find the form. So, ensure that it’s visible. Offering the answer to the above mentioned questions creates trust and realistic expectations.

Some of these forms are placed in a corner of the website or on the welcome screen. In these cases, a sign-up form is just an instantly forgotten detail. One of the best things would be to place it on the top of every page on the website.

If there are some special offers, include a brief statement that informs users about them. Adding only those necessary fields and asking only what is really important usually makes people fill in a sign-up form easier and faster.

Designing clean, beautiful and effective sign-up forms involves a lot of creativity from designers. Building these forms in a very unique way attracts visitors and increases chances to fill out. Therefore, a memorable design should be considered.

Nonetheless, “memorable” doesn’t mean fancy or complicated. Even a clean and airy design can be impressive. The most important thing is to offer a different vibe to a sign-up form. It can feature big buttons, images, smaller or bigger fields, instructions and anything else that could be useful. The form layout is of major importance as well, so the button size should be aligned perfectly with the form fields.

Check out some examples of websites with creative and effective sign-up forms!

TestFlight has a simple, but effective sign-up form, with well aligned fields, including the terms of use and privacy policy.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - TestFlight
Website link: TestFlight

The form on the Barack Obama website is another great example of simple and very short form.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Barack Obama
Website link: Barack Obama

Visitors already know that they have to fill out a sign-up form. Once they get at this point, there should be no distractions to keep them from accomplishing his task. Plus, they want what is on the unseen side of a form, so completing forms should be a breeze. In addition, the tone should be conversational, friendly and enticing. Yahoo sign up form is a great example as it requires only what is really necessary. The fields are perfectly aligned, your password is shown, there are no directions and it also includes the terms of service and privacy policy.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Yahoo
Website link: Yahoo

Winning the trust of your visitors is essential. Usually, they don’t give their email IDs because they could be spammed. Under such circumstances, the best thing would be to add a statement that says “This website never shares your personal information with a third party”. Thus, people are reassured that their email IDs stay confidential and safe. Catalog Choice emphasizes that the privacy of personal information is protected. Other benefits are also mentioned on the left side of the form.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Catalog Choice
Website link: Catalog Choice

Another way to create trust is by telling visitors about the frequency of the emails and by giving a sample of the type of content they will receive. People usually are reluctant to the unknown and they also don’t want to waste time reading less useful information, so offering just a small glimpse of what they will receive can prevent this problem. AVANTI does that. Their sign up form is entitled “Sign up for promotions”, so they inform you that by signing up, you will receive promotions, specials and news about their events at AVANTI.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - AVANTI
Website link: AVANTI

Calls to action incorporated on the sign-up forms add engagement and interaction. “Sign up” or “subscribe”? At the first glance, this is just a detail without any importance. But it might not be like that. “Subscribe” might sound too salesy. The word “subscribe” can send a subliminal message that makes people think they have to pay for something. Thus, “sign up” would be a wiser choice. “Start here” is also less used and it can also be great to use as well as “Start here!”.

Or, the call to action may describe what users can get by submitting the form. For example, providing an incentive is a great tip to make visitors sign up. It can be a free download, ebook or a free trial. InstantLoop uses beautiful colors and its logo design is very pretty. The call to action button is surrounded by some white space that enhances it. By “Join now”, users understand very well right from the start what to expect.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - InstantLoop
Website link: InstantLoop

LiveResto features a call to action button that tells you exactly what you’ll get.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - LiveResto
Website link: LiveResto

Letting people know about password length or format before submitting saves time. Generally, this kind of information emerges after users type in their password and it is too short or doesn’t include a number. Github seems to know that seeing error messages repeatedly is annoying. That is why they added some specifications for the password on their sign up form.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Github
Website link: Github

The more sensitive info should not be required at first as people will become suspicious and will leave the website. Facebook sign-up form is a great example. The date of birth is the last info that is required and under it, there’s a short explanation: “Why do I need to provide my date of birth?”.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Facebook
Website link: Facebook

Red buttons on sign-up forms have been used for a long time and at present, they are quite controversial. Nonetheless, testing is the best way to tell which color is right to choose for the sign-up button. That’s what GSM did!

Targeted forms increase the chances to be filled in. Thus, adapting to the specific needs of people improves the relationship with them on long-term. Jabong is a great example of sign up targeted forms. When filling out their form, visitors have to choose their gender.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Jabong
Website link: Jabong

Simplify the form to prevent abandonment. The services or products provided by a business may be great, but if people don’t feel motivated to fill in the form, they will just leave the website page. Progressive profiling is another excellent solution to reduce the number of form fields. It means that a user won’t have to fill in 10 mandatory fields at once, but only 3 or 4 and then use other forms to get the additional pieces of information needed. Hubspot explains the process in details and tells you how to create this type of forms.

Great copy is also important. If emotional, smart and enticing copy is used for a sign-up form, chances are that more people will fill it out. Smart copy can also indicate that it takes just 2 minutes to fill it in. Tumblr features on its sign up form two simple, but enticing sentences: “Follow the blogs you’ve been hearing about. Share the things you love”. Microcopy is also beneficial. Microcopy means brief pieces of info that answer vital questions when filling out such a form. It answers questions such as “is this a free ebook?” or “will I get a weekly email if I sign up?” and makes a user feel more comfortable.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Tumblr
Website link: Tumblr

Adding social media buttons is an extra piece of proof that the service is ok and safe. Podio adds several social media buttons such as Facebook, Live, GoToMeeting and Google. On the right side they also mention the main advantage and entice you to invite other co-workers. The headline “Good Decision” manages to build a positive impression related to the entire signing in process.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Podio
Website link: Podio

Mentioning the number of subscribers builds trust and professionalism. Basecamp mentions that it has helped over 285,000 companies finish more than 2,000,000 projects.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Basecamp
Website link: Basecamp

Showing the benefits of the form and using touchy, emotional language leads to a more personal connection and reliability. is a great example. On the right side of the form they have mentioned some bullet points enhancing the reasons why they’ll love

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Using Captcha may make user experience more difficult and also decreases conversions. Nonetheless, if you still believe that it would be extremely useful, test and see what happens. Then, you will know for sure which option is appropriate. To ensure protection against spam, Virb asks people to select the word “beldon”.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Virb
Website link: Virb

The header of a form is also important. It should feature a larger font size than other text labels incorporated in the form. Some bullet points are also helpful as they can support and explain the main message better. Shutterfly sign up form has an enticing header. It’s visible and clearly shows what you will get.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Shutterfly
Website link: Shutterfly

A sign-up form over a dynamic background with many images adds interactivity and grabs attention right from the start. Vimeo is a good example. The form appears right when you enter the site, but the form is designed in such a way that is still visible.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Vimeo
Website link: Vimeo

If many details are required, creating a longer sign-up form is not the right solution. The user will get tired very soon and abandon it. In this case, the most suitable solution would be to provide a clue by showing the following steps. Another tip is to make the form look smaller even if they have to fill out the same information and the same number of fields.

The above mentioned websites are a great source of inspiration. And of course there are many other great examples of websites with effective and creative sign-up forms. It’s difficult to know which tips to choose and apply because you never know that to expect. And if creating sign-up forms can sometimes take too long, there are web form builders that require no coding. Thus, web designers save time and simplify their work. All in all, testing is crucial. As there is no precise recipe, testing will prevent many problems from happening and it will show you what should be improved. So test and test again and ask yourself: would you fill out that sign-up form?

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks : Futuristic workwear in Milan, London’s new Serpentine Pavilion, electronic sign language and more in our weekly look at the web

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1. Painting Mutant Bugs Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is a researcher who is attracted to bugs—especially the malformed and mutated kind. Looking at the insects through a microscope, she takes days or even months to paint their texture, color and measurements as precisely as possible….

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Design Inspiration: Sign In Interface

A useful “sign in” interface mockup, with form fields, buttons, and options to connect with Facebook or Twitter.

This design was featured on Friday 9th of May 2014. It’s designed by Creative VIP, and falls under the category of Web App.

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Gentlemen of Letters Documents The Sign Painting Tradition In Dublin

When I attended ATypI 2010 “The Word” in Dublin the conference closed with one of the fabulous lettering walks hosted by Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon. It was abundantly clear to the participants that the Irish capital has a rich history of hand painted signs decorating the city. The documentary short Gentlemen of Letters – A Dublin Sign Painting Film by videographer and editor Colin Brady examines this craft that – although it is not as common today – still survives.

Gentlemen of Letters – A Dublin Sign Painting Film from Colin Brady on Vimeo.

The documentary opens with Colm O’Connor, a City & Guilds qualified sign writer working on a sign for a coffee shop and then follows a couple of sign writers and artists. The mysterious Maser who produces large-scale lettering art with a message, something between sign painting and graffiti, identifies Kevin Freeney (1919-1986) as a seminal influence. Nicknamed A Gentleman of Letters, Freeney had an enormous visual impact on the city.

Sign writing goes back at least three generations in [Kevin Freeney’s] family. Back in the 1930s he rambled through Dublin’s streets on a bike or with a pushcart carrying his paints and brushes. In that period the city’s streetscapes were elegantly embroidered with handwritten shop and pub fascias. Having done ‘at least 700 pubs and shopfronts’ in Dublin, the most famed streets – O’Connell, Henry, Grafton, and Capel – all carried his personalised three-dimensional relief lettering and ornamentation. His fellow craftsmen hailed him as a “Master”.
Kevin C. Kearns – Dublin Street Life & Lore

Last year Freeney’s family posted a delightful collection of photographs of his work on Flickr. His sons Paul and Kevin Jr. keep their father’s legacy alive. Kevin Jr. became a sign writer himself, and runs a series of classes in his Wexford studio. It is artist and graphic designer James Early who beautifully sums up the appeal of sign lettering – you feel the human quality, either subconsciously or consciously, that is present in hand-painted signs. Even though vinyl lettering is cheaper and faster, it hasn’t got the same charm and enduring quality. Fortunately some shop owners still care. The story of Dublin butcher and steak house F.X.Buckley is a lovely example. Appalled by its horrible plastic sign, the shop owner hired Colm O’Connor, giving the sign painter a historic photograph as a guide to help him restore the shop to its former glory. Let’s hope enough people keep acknowledging the importance of the lettering heritage in cities and help preserve this beautiful tradition.

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What’s your designer star sign?

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Designers born under Aries are fearless. They aren’t afraid to tell the client what they really think. Their passion lies in branding – they want to put their mark on everything. And if the chance arises, they’ll make a logo design 10 times bigger just so they can admire it from afar.

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Short Creative Film Documents “The Sign Painter” aka Mike Langley

The Sign Painter"The Sign Painter" a short film created by Dress Code documents Mike Langley as he creates and handcrafts various signage for New York coffee shop Vassilaros & Sons Coffee Co. This short film has captured beautifully Mike's passion for his chosen craft. At one point he talks about how he would favor a company who […]
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The Sign Painter

A short film on sign painter, Mike Langley:

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Call Sign: Pegasus: A short documentary on Chris Goldmann, Nelson Mandela’s chopper pilot turned knife-maker, by Brian Fortune

Call Sign: Pegasus

In an impassioned and informative short documentary by director Brian Fortune, viewers are given a glimpse into one man’s extraordinary life. Chris Goldmann, the film’s subject, is the…

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Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a fake

The sign language interpreter used at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service yesterday in Johannesburg was a fraud who was “literally flapping his arms around,” according to the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa and at least two other experts.

The man stood on stage with nearly 100 heads of state, including President Barack Obama, who all gave speeches to honor Mandela, and was actually interpreting nothing, making unintelligible signs. Bruno Druchen, the director of the South Africa’s Deaf Federation, told the Associated Press that the man was “moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for.” Druchen’s wife, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a South African parliament member who is also deaf,…

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