I'm going freelance.
By Chris Annetts — 22 March 2021
All good things must come to an end, and after six years of making some very cool stuff for some really great people, Mike and I have decided to wind down Leaf.
However, the closure of one chapter is the start of another, and from April 2021, I'll be freelancing full-time as a web form designer.
What is web form designer?Permalink
I'm glad you asked. I've been a digital designer for nearly a decade, and it's no exaggeration to say that at least 80% of my work has been focused around capturing user input. In fact, it's all I've worked on for the last four or five years.
As digital designers, our underlying skills are largely transferable across a range of projects; after all, we're just using an interface to communicate with other people. However, it's impossible to excel at anything without truly specialising, and having been a de facto Form designer for years, I wanted to make it official.
So, you only design forms now?Permalink
I'll only be designing features, pages, and processes where there's an emphasis on capturing information from the user.
Good web forms aren't just about picking the right input type, or following best practice; it's about clearly communicating what's being asked for, why you're asking for it, and making sure your users feel in control throughout the process.
Can we work together?Permalink
If you’re using the web to ask users for their information, or you’d like to start doing so, then we'd likely be a great fit for one another.
As above, I'm free to take on new work from April 2021, and am looking for both short and longer-term engagements. If you think I might be able to help, drop me a message.