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i see such awesome personal productivity forms here.

How can i design a form like this?

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closed as off topic by Jeanne Boyarsky Jul 29 '12 at 22:30

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Draw lines and boxes on paper so they do something useful for you? – Dave Newton Jul 30 '12 at 2:04
Designing a form is subjective and not about productivity. This is both off topic and not a good Q&A format. – Jeanne Boyarsky Jul 31 '12 at 0:09
I dont agree with Jeanne. But since i have my answers from David Seah, i consider this issue to be closed. – junkone Aug 1 '12 at 19:22
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Nearly every form on was designed with a general-purpose vector illustration program called Adobe Illustrator. This program allows you to draw shapes and place text. You can also perform operations like grouping, scaling, aligning, spacing and duplicating to a high degree of precision. While Illustrator costs several hundred dollars, there is a similar free program called Inkscape that is similar in function.

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  1. have a problem you need to solve that a form will help with
  2. thoroughly understand the problem
  3. draft a form that solves at least part of the problem
  4. apply good human factors design principles to the form
  5. optionally, apply good graphic design principles to the form
  6. test the form in practice. If it doesn't work, repeat from #3

This is a somewhat facetious, but also entirely true, answer. There may be other processes that will get you the same end result.

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I couldn't ahve said it any better. Although, perhaps as a PART of 2, or perhaps as 2a, I think it's critical to understand what your end result is supposed to be. I've found that understanding to be criticla to designing effective processes and procedures. – dwwilson66 Jul 3 '12 at 15:10
yes. i agree that your answers should be a guiding principles and i am working on it. i have the form on scratch paper and want to design it on computer. what tools can i use? – junkone Jul 3 '12 at 17:54
I'd go for HTML, CSS and Javascript. – Vic Goldfeld Jul 3 '12 at 22:56
Photoshop, Word, Excel, GIMP, a combination of the above, and other options. Most of David Seah's tools that I've used are done in Excel, I think. – Dennis S. Jul 5 '12 at 13:02

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