forming forms

The most common forms we see on the web are for contact, payment, or shipping. Nine times out of ten they’re visually uninteresting, don’t work correctly on tablet and mobile devices, or by some miracle of bad design–are so unintuitive they’re rendered useless. Since coming across a form that forced me to run to a computer last week, and considering we’re reviewing form basics in class, I’ve been stuck wondering–why? Forms aren’t difficult to build or style, and there are plenty of work-arounds when it comes to getting them to translate to mobile devices. Why do we still come across forms that range from unusable to barely mediocre? Worse yet, why is bad form design so pervasive?

I’m going to keep thinking about this (mostly because I can’t help it), but if you have any thoughts–drop a note in the comments below, I’m interested to know.


status: too many tabs open

My brain and computer have this in common. It’s tax season (read: hectic) and edging steadily closer to finals week. My week sounded something like this:

“The competitive attack strategy of the subjunctive mood is the media query of kinetic energy when foreign-earned income is present.”

At least, that’s how it sounded to me. A full load of courses, two kids, and work is a lot to balance–but I’m just managing it. I have two major projects coming due. The first, due very soon, is a presentation on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In french. Not just sites in France, but the presentation must be exclusively in a foreign language. The second is due at the end of the semester, but I’ve been working on it off-and-on for the last month. It’s a website called “I Can’t Brain: A Smart Site for Dumb Accountants”. Anyone out there who has tried to understand the complicated framework that makes up GAAP has, or currently does feel dumb. I plan to add more to it (the class is supposed to focus on HTML and CSS, so no super exciting stuff right now) when I’m done and actually toss it online. When I get around to it, I’ll link it here.

But what’s taking up most of my time is work. The due date for individual taxes is rapidly approaching and we’re all working at a fiendish pace to accomplish as much as possible while maintaining the firm’s high expectations for quality and accuracy. And succeeding. Because, you know, we’re amazing.