The results are in for the 2009 Reader’s Choice Web Design contest from About.com! This was the inaugural year for these awards with nominations being received from around the world. Contestants competed in nine categories ranging from Best Use of Color to Best Overall Design.
This site’s Web Development Questionnaire was nominated for the Best Form Design category and ended up winning with 45% of the total votes! Thanks to all who voted!!
As Jennifer Kyrnin (About.com Web Design Guide) states :
“Forms are challenging to build well and not a lot of thought is given to their design.”
Which is all too true; what started off as a simple form, turned into a complex project complete with usability/accessibility issues as well as cross‐browser bugs (thanks IE6) and lots of hair‐pulling. It employs the jQuery library for certain form functions such as pagination, validation, user interaction, and various aesthetics such as screen scrolling. It also employs a custom PHP script for data verification and validation, as well as MySQL for data storage. It’s cross-browser compatible and validates to the XHTML 1.1 standard.
This form started off as a necessity for gathering information, but ended up turning into a labor of love. I plan on releasing the source code of the form, along with its PHP validation script and jQuery scripts, under a GPL in the coming weeks as well as writing a tutorial on its actual build out.
To see a gallery of all the winners, you can follow the link here: Winners: Reader’s Choice Awards: Web Design.
Again, thanks to all those who voted and participated in the contest and congratulations to all the other winners!!