How to Create User-Friendly Text Fields

Text fields are used in different sections of the website where you need to get the necessary information from the user. It can be a contact form, an issue report, search fields, etc. These elements are crucial because they are responsible for the communication with the customer and the user experience on the website. 

Read this post if you want to learn a few of the best tips from professional UX/UI design agencies to help you to design quality text fields. 

What does a text field consist of?

First of all, we need to know what a text field typically consists of. 

Most often, text fields are used by professional designers for contact forms and chatbot messengers. They consist of four main elements:

  1. Input areas – places where the user adds text. This is also called a container.

  2. Text hints that are usually located in the input area. The text explains what the user should enter.

  3. Label text – This allows you to tell the user exactly what data belongs in a particular form field.

  4. Additional icons, for example, to hide or open text – Such icons are often used in the fields for entering passwords. They allow you to communicate the message without taking too much space on the page.

Verification text can also be used for text form design. It appears when the user enters any data. After that, automatic verification of the correctness of the specified information occurs; for example, when the website asks you whether this is the log in that you want to use. 

Creating useful text fields step by step

Let’s move on to tips on how to create a quality text box.

Sort by type

Choose the type that is right for the data you need. This will help users provide accurate information. For example, if you need a phone number, divide the field into two parts. In the left part, specify the flag of the country that will be used. On the right, leave space to enter the number itself.

Make it comfortable

Create convenient fields, as this will help the user enter data faster and improve the UX. For example, when a user has to enter a credit card number, do not simply put numbers in a row. 

Leave spaces between every 4 digits (if it is a card with a 16-digit number) and automatically show the type of the card when the user starts to enter the number. This provides positive feedback to the user indicating that everything is correct so far. To do this, add Visa, MasterCard icon, and other cards that are popular locally or internationally.

Add interactivity

To prevent the visitor from getting confused, make at least two states for the text fields: before entering the information and after. There can be six states in total:

  • an inactive field with a cursor 
  • hidden or disabled 
  • focused (with data entered) 
  • verification (when information is being verified) 
  • erroneous (with incorrect information)
  • correct (ready to submit)

The states must be clearly distinct from one another. Use well-established recommendations; for example, when creating error conditions, add a red color and an inscription below that describes the error.

Use fields with rounded corners

According to a recent study by Google, it was found out that users prefer fields with rounded corners. Use this technique. If rounded corners do not go well with the aesthetics of your brand, you can do A/B testing to determine which angles are more effective.

Sync length

Although the same length may seem more aesthetically pleasing, it can be more difficult to fill in and cause confusion for users. When creating text fields, give a different line length for each form depending on the amount of information that you plan to receive.

Do not place disappearing text in the input field

Sometimes a placeholder prevents users from checking the correctness of the entered information. To prevent this from happening, place it outside the field; for example, under the form or at the top of the border. You can also use floating-point labels if you want to create a minimalistic design.

Summary

When designing fields, make them simple to fill in and easy to understand. This will help visitors quickly enter the necessary information. Make forms focused on meeting the needs of your target audience, so you can save them time. Your clients will appreciate it.