A recent inquiry by uxmovement.com shows that users get more out of having form labels above the fields rather than beside them. Having it illustrated makes the point quite painless and straightforward:
It just looks cleaner and it uses the natural flow of the eyes to help in processing of information. This is something that every designer has either overlooked in the past or simply neglected.
Jakob Nielsen again reiterates how important it is for web designers to consider the mythical page fold as a tried and true way to target users and gain their attention.
He shows that the first 800 pixels from the top of the page are the most important, with 300-400 pixels garnering the most viewing time. Users spent about 80% of their time above the 800 pixel mark and about 20% below it. The fold represents what a user sees without having to scroll down when viewing a web page. Continue reading Keep it above the fold
After years of emphasis on placing the important page elements ‘above the fold’, we’re now being shown that users actually don’t mind scrolling! That is, if you have interesting content and adequate visual cues that there actually is something worth looking at down there. Continue reading The mythical page fold and why it doesn’t really matter anymore