I have to confess: I'm crazy about forms. When a post like a million monkeys typing: The Crossroads Form turns up in my RSS aggregator, I can't help but print out a copy and give it a whirl. I drool over the subtle shades of Douglas Johnston's templates and the clean curves of John Norris' work. I am Sacha Chua, and I am a forms addict.
I'm fascinated by the way people organize information. Forms and diagrams are scaffolds for our ideas, giving structure and support. They make information easy to understand months or even years afterwards. Forms make it _fun_ to explore thoughts and share them with others.
Even doodles on a napkin are enriched by a judiciously chosen diagram. Clusters. Fishbones. Mindmaps. Names roll off my tongue like old friends who've seen me through problems time and again. I even diagram my way out of stuckness, pausing in the middle of a fit to sketch the causes of my difficulties and finding ways to deal with them.
I want to learn how to design good forms. I want to learn about the different designs people use and when each one is appropriate. I want to listen to people's information needs and pull just the right template out of a vast library of forms, checklists and diagrams. I want to design information.
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