Form field patterns for email address

Look, a post about UX! This will be quick.

I’m surprised that I haven’t seen many design patterns on sign-in fields and how to make them as fast as possible. Yes, I’ve seen a few design examples, but no patterns that suggest innovation.

Lo and behold, hidden in the rough, the real estate app Trulia has the best email field I’ve ever seen! No comment on the rest of the app.

The second best has been the Belly iPad app (in-store, not consumer facing). They include an extra row below the iPad keyboard with buttons for common e-mail domains:

belly ipad keyboard

When I first saw that I thought it was incredibly clever. Ever since I’ve noticed the common domain suffixes on the iOS keyboard while holding down the [.com] key for certain inputs, I’ve been expecting Apple to integrate a similar email domain shortcut with the [@] key.

My takeaway

Why not use this? I can’t think of a down-side.

Since they’re using form field input masks (in a clever, auto-complete kind of way) it’s not destructive or inhibiting user input. If your domain is not appearing in the masked (grey) suggestion, then simply keep typing the full address.

If your email is:
Then you can stop at: Name@g

If your email is:
Then you’ll keep typing… (standard everywhere else).

UX is about making life easier for people, not necessarily solving problems. Yes, you make life easier by solving problems, but one solution will rarely fit all cases. Aim for the majority, and if you can design in such a way that the minority aren’t negatively impacted by the design, you get major bonus points.

+2 points to you, Trulia. You go Trulia!


Accommodations: Airbnb

My first stop to check for a place to stay is Airbnb. I might get a proper hotel for the first night in the city – just to have comfort in knowing that everything will be arranged and waiting for me. After that however, I’m sure the real experiences to be had are in Japanese homes.

Airbnb does a great job of highlighting the characteristics of each city neighborhood. They certainly do it well for New York, so I’m hoping this translates accurately to Japan too. The most appealing area at a glance is Shimokitazawa.

Swiftly rising as Tokyo’s trendiest, and quite possibly its friendliest, bohemian scene.

“Many travelers and locals alike choose to spend their time here because of the charm and energy of the town itself, without the huge crowds of the closeby metropolis.”

A few places that look great to stay

Cozy Hip Cottage & Next to Shibuya $156


Sonoko $143


New Flat $112


Slightly removed from the masses that gather in the center of the city. Chaotic in a charming way, Shimokitazawa is more organic than organized—its roads are sinewy and nearly too narrow for cars, its architecture endearingly haphazard, and its look meticulously inelegant.

If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment!


Japan Trip

It’s (almost) official! I can call it official when I’ve bought my ticket, but I’ve decided to go in October and am starting my price hunt with friends Chris and David. We plan on doing two weeks of who-knows-what in this beautiful, far far away land. I’ve created a new category of posts for this site and will make it a sticky item in the navigation – Japan – to keep track of all the inspiration and handy references I find, or updates about plans made. It will also be where I post any updates from abroad or when we return.


Desktop Wallpaper via Kuvva Wallpapers

Artist: Mauro Gatti

infinite hipster


Infinite Hipster



– Source: The Daily Task


A cool animation


Life Updates

  1. New(ish) job
  2. New apartment
I don’t presume to be internet famous, so it follows that my audience is probably people that are close to me. I never wanted to commit to a specific kind of website, and don’t shy away from sharing good things I find elsewhere on the internet when I’m too lazy to make my own content, but I almost never write about life updates – except for right now.

I have a new job! Well, I’ve been there for a couple of months at this point. I am an Interaction Designer at Fjord NYC.

Fjord is an amazing place. I’m not quite sure how to describe it unless you have the context of being a designer in this industry already. In short: they do things the way I’ve thought they should be done all along. So I was very excited to learn about them and get the job. They also do really cool stuff like this:

Fjord Kitchens

A special gathering of Fjordians (and sometimes invited guests) to a semi-casual discussion about design with a panel of specialists to bring some depth and experience to the topic at hand.

Wow, I’m insanely jealous that Madrid got Dr. Aubrey de Grey to join in!
Check out his talk here, or browse all the talks on Vimeo.

Design Clinic

I’m not sure if this is specific to the NY office, but every Friday we grab some snacks, a beer, and gather around for design/techy show and tell.
We’ve had guests present really cool synthesizers (below) or talk about programming languages and linguistic diversity (also below). We’ve also had some great in-house Clinics with our own Fjordians – from a group tutorial on improv to prototyping experiences with Playmobil.

Critter & Guitari Synths (amazing product videos)

Ramsey Nasser chatted with us about programming experiments and the significance of language in coding

The Office

I love the open design and flat-office structure. Everyone sits with everyone at lunch. Oh, you can draw on anything, and damn does Fjord love Post-Its.

New Apartment

I’d like to post more about this later, when I have pictures, but I just moved to a new apartment (yes, I keep moving all around Brooklyn) and I finally live on my own! It is still sinking in, but it’s hard to fathom that I’ve never lived on my own before. How can that be? Yes, I’ve lived independently, with roommates, for about ten years. I just never had a place all to myself.

I’m still working through the everyday decisions like: do I be a slob, or a neat freak? Because really, I could do either! I really want to create an immaculate space for myself, so I try to keep everything clean; but on the other hand I can just toss things on the floor with abandon when I’m lazy.

No Furniture

My furniture situation seems to fluctuate as I gather things and accumulate more with each apartment, but then other times, reduce greatly when I have to move to a smaller space. Living in Barcelona I really only had two big suitcases of belongings. That’s as light as I’ve been. My last apartment had a very small room, so I had no choice but to get rid of the nice big couch I had previously, and even things like a microwave that my roommates didn’t want to use. (Hey, storage costs money.)

Previous Apartment

See? Barely anything!
Note: If you’re on a mobile device, this will move with your device if you point it in different directions. Give it a try!

No Housewarming (yet)

So, with no table, no chairs, no couch, no place to set up the TV… I can’t yet invite people over to celebrate. It’s going to be a slow build as I accumulate things and get it how I want. Once I’m there, I’ll let everyone know and be happy to invite them over.

Oh, here’s my new address:

Okay, so that’s about it for the personal updates. If I take pictures of the new place, I’ll be sure to post them here.