How to Design an Award Winning Form

The Form Design Awards are well under way. Sign-ups have been pouring in, followed by a healthy amount of final submissions. The Dec. 4 deadline is still weeks away though, leaving plenty of time to get involved. How can one be competitive? Here are some tips to help your form design stand out.

1. Learn the Form Designer Basics

  The Web Form Design Awards revolve around the newly released Form Designer. The first step in winning the contest is to learn our new design tool. Here’s a brief video tutorial series on its functionality.

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2. Read up Advanced Design Expertise  

  In Jotform’s Medium Channel we recently published a few posts on how to take one’s forms to the next level:

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3.  Creativity Overdose  

  For normal usage, practicality may win over flaunting the height of what designers can do. However, the Design contest encourages creativity: Push the limits, design something new!

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4.  Make it Polished

  Paying attention to details is key to winning. Every border, error message, color scheme, font, background, highlight- all these can be readily adjusted with the Form Designer. Fine tuning each is the key to a great form.

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5.  Cast a Wide Net 

  Although contestants can only win once, they’re allowed to enter as many submissions as they like. Can’t decide which form to submit? Try both! It only increases your chances.

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6.  When all else fails 

  There are two options for those who don’t have top tier design skills. •Be exceptionally bad. The Worst Form Design category is for the spirited designers among us. •Be exceptionally popular. The User’s Choice Award is voted by an online form. Those who can drum up the most support by sharing the form on social networks have a distinct advantage.

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This article is originally published on Nov 18, 2014, and updated on Jan 12, 2021.
Aytekin Tank is the founder and CEO of Jotform and the author of Automate Your Busywork. A developer by trade but a storyteller by heart, he writes about his journey as an entrepreneur and shares advice for other startups. He loves to hear from Jotform users. You can reach Aytekin from his official website

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