It appears that the daily UI design practice trend has been captured by some enterprising fellows, because it's now also become an official website. Previously this was just a thing UI designers did as practice and probably self-promotion on websites like Dribbble. Anyway I thought it was pretty cool that they did this, and it's a great reinforcement for self discipline in practice. So I signed up and I'll be posting my daily UI exercises here for now. Hope you enjoy them!
The prompt was to design a sign-up form. First of all I went to flickr.com the old standby for photos from the crowd, in order to get some nice background imagery. And I noticed the front page had changed dramatically since I used to use it. First of all you'll notice they block you from browsing anything in the site at all before signing up or logging in. I really hate this because what incentive do I have for signing up if I don't know what's inside? it's basically a black box. So they're betting you'll take the dive and sign up or sign in rather than navigate away. I think it's a step back in user experience, if I recall the old website allowed you to basically see everything you just couldn't participate or download photos without logging in. Anyway that's not the point, look at the second screenshot: this is the sign-up form you have to fill out! I felt it was so busy and thorny, I actually left without signing up. Then it occurred to me: this is my subject material! So I decided to re-design this page. I couldn't help but think like a UX designer rather than a visual designer, I actually sketched a multiple step flow where users input just one simple field at a time. That way the process feels a lot simpler and the barrier is much shorter/easier to jump through. Before it's like holding your breath and going through with the thing, but after I'm trying to go for something easy and even charming hopefully.
Prompt: design a credit card form. I was going for sharper edges. I used just Helvetica.