Recently, I was lucky enough to be featured in Smashing Magazine's brand new UX section! Smashing is already a fabulous resource for web design and coding, and I think it's going to be a great place to learn about user experience.
You should read my first article, Breaking the Rules: A UX Case Study.
Here's a little something to get you started:
I read a lot of design articles about best practices for improving the flow of sign-up forms. Most of these articles offer great advice, such as minimizing the number of steps, asking for as little information up front as possible, and providing clear feedback on the status of the user’s data.
If you’re creating a sign-up form, you could do worse than to follow all of these guidelines. On the other hand, you could do a lot better.
Design guidelines aren’t one size fits all. Sometimes you can improve a process by breaking a few rules. The trick is knowing which rules to break for a particular project.
Read the rest of the article!