Adam Silver

Adam Silver

Designing simple, human and inclusive experiences for the web. Wrote a little book called MaintainableCSS. Follow me on Twitter.

We are often seduced by novel patterns that save space but this pattern is problematic. Here’s why: 1. There is no space for a hint Floating labels start inside the text box leaving no space for an additional hint. 2. They are hard-to-read Floating labels typically have small text, so that as it floats, it takes up a small amount of… Read More →

Since placeholders came along, designers have adopted them as means of storing hints. Their appeal lies in their minimal aesthetic and the fact they save space. “Since placeholders came along, designers have adopted them as means of storing hints.” Some designers go one one step further, and replace labels with placeholders. Either way, the placeholder is an Inclusive Design anti-pattern… Read More →