Sep 20

Interface design trends - Text input

Need Supply Co.

I spotted this oversized search input while shopping on Need Supply Co. a few weeks back. It's a refreshing change from those teeny tiny search boxes that you can barely see what you're typing into.

As a bonus - their site is fully responsive and looks great on mobile devices. If you don't have a smartphone, resize your browser while viewing it to see what I mean.

Delicious (beta)

As a long time Delicious bookmark user, I was really glad when the YouTube founders purchased it from Yahoo. Their team is definitely not resting, as a full Delicious redesign looks to be in beta.

The look of their login boxes particularly struck me as fresh, ditching the standard boxy design in favor of svelte underlines.

FastCo Design

Another site I frequent, Co.Design, uses a similar look to put a new spin on the boring comment boxes you see everywhere on the web.

The minimalistic approach fits in well with their stark blog design, which is focused on letting their content shine.


Rounding up the field is this editor implemented by discussion platform Discourse.

When posting a new topic the editor slides up from the bottom of your browser and presents a dual-pane view. You input Markdown, links, and images on the left-hand side. A live preview of the HTML result is shown in the right-hand pane.

This is an interesting take on the standard editor/preview design paradigm you see in most blogging platforms like Wordpress, but I think it could be refined to only show a WYSIWYG editor.


Seen any interesting text input designs around the web? Let me know in the comments below.

Written by Seth Banks

Seth spends most of his days leading the design team at Green Bits and improving Cashboard. Occasionally he finds time to write about music, design, startups, and technology.

Tagged: around the web, design, interface, trends