When designing your next website, overlook no detail, including your login form. Too many designers think to themselves, “Two fields and a button. Simple as that.” Wrong. Your login form should stand out on your site for members to find. It should be aesthetic, usable, fast, and clean.
Too often login forms are overlooked by web designers and can create a gaping hole in a website’s unity and design. Login forms should fit in perfectly with the site, yet stand out in such a way that members can easily find their way. At the same time, the form should blend in enough so as not to distract guest visitors from whatever else they may be doing on the site. This is a difficult balance to achieve, and for that very reason I have compiled this post.
This is a collection of 55 spectacular login form designs as inspiration for your next website design.
55 Spectacular Login Form Designs
Mobile Me’s login form stands out on the solid colored page. It is clean, elegant, and works nicely with the background elements of the site.
The login form on Straw Poll has a gorgeous background illustration to bring color and art to something as simple as their login page.
Scrap Blog’s login form, similar to Straw Poll, uses vivid colors and bright imagery to draw attention to their login form, making it easy for users to navigate and use.
20×200 uses very light colors, intricate details, and simple elements to create a gorgeous login form that is clean, functional, and easy to use.
The login form on Acrobat’s website is actually a dropdown that occurs when the “Sign Up” button is clicked. This helps to reduce clutter on the page and still make it easy for members to log in.
97 Bottles has a great login form that uses consistent colors to create unity. Their logo on the left of the form is a nice touch that reinforces their brand.
Twitter.com’s login form is also a dropdown that occurs when the “Sign In” button is clicked. This is used to keep the home page as simple as possible in order to keep the search form and sign up button the focus of the page.
The sign in form used on The Mattinator is for Twitter accounts, but that doesn’t mean the design doesn’t rock some fantastic hand-drawn elements to stay consistent with the design of the entire site.
Mint’s login form is clean, concise, and easy to find. This allows members to easily find their information and creates a more enjoyable user experience.
The “splash” style of Freelance Suite’s login form means that the only element on the entire page is the form itself. Contrasted with a vivid background, the form is able to stand out.
With a modal popup window, the College Humor login form is very clean and simple. By using a modal popup window, the site is cleaner and has fewer distractions from the main content.
Survs uses neutral colors across their login form to create simplicity and unity. Their form is very clean and elegant.
Virb’s login page is very smooth and aesthetically pleasing. The navigation bar along the top allows users to retrace their steps and discover new information. Light colors also draw attention to the form itself.
The Tuts+ login form is extra large for increased ease of use and legibility. Bright buttons create a clear call-to-action for users navigating the page.
Placed on top of a dark blue background, the white Tumblr login form stands out on the page. Its clean design creates an easy, usable form for members to work with.
White field forms stand out from the light blue background on How R U’s login page. Coupled with clean illustrations, the page is very aesthetically pleasing.
The Tick login form has lots of subtle details, like light gray borders and subtle strokes, to create a visually pleasing and graphically-sound login page.
Go Plan’s login form is once again place on top of a vivid color in order to make it stand out on the page and create a clear direction for members to follow.
Wufoo’s bright login form contrasts the dark gray background of the site to draw user’s attention to the center of the page. Icons in the login buttons are nice touches that create a clean and beautiful form.
The login page for Mochi Media is very simple and clean, yet offers a full navigation to the rest of the site for members to discover new content.
Later This uses solid bold colors paired with a simple login form to create a clean and easy user experience.
Yet another form centered on a neutral background, Good Barry’s login page is clean and simple to use.
Product Planner’s login page is unique in that it offers both a signup and login form right next to each other, using color variation to distinguish between the two separate areas.
Grooveshark’s visually stunning design uses a modal window for their login form to reduce home-page clutter and keep user focus on the search bar of the site.
Digg’s login form comes up as a modal window. It looks very sleek and clean, adding to the overall feel of the site. The large transparent gray border adds style and detail.
With a clean form set against a neutral background color, Roboto’s login form is crisp and elegant.
The login form on Strutta drops in as a modal window. Sound cool? I thought so too – be sure to check it out.
This login form drops down from the top in a chat-style box. The bright red contrasts against the rest of the page to draw attention to the form.
This crisp login form is set against a dark background for added contrast, with subtle gray icons next to each form field for additional flair.
The login form on Pixel House’s website fits in perfectly above the sidebar, with clean borders and crisp colors.
Red Brick Health has a very unique website. It’s colors seem muted, but bright. With a neat illustration for the background image, the login form fits distinguishably on the front page.
This login form fades in nicely when the Login link is clicked. It uses bright colors to contrast from the rest of the page.
This modal login window is very crisp and clean, using a transparent gray border, similar to that of Digg, to contrast the rest of the site.
The login form that so many of us are familiar with is very beautiful. Using subtle dropshadows and a bright button, this form is both usable and aesthetically appealing.
PSD Themes has a great modal window, where, when activated, dims the background of the page to put user focus directly on the form.
My Name Is E has a gorgeous login screen with clean aesthetics, strong colors, and legible text.
This login form is extremely simple, using light colors to create a unified page. A bright green button draws attention to the form, which is centered on the page.
Meebo’s homepage offers several different login forms for different services. Each form uses a logo for identification, clear borders for distinction, and contrast with the background for focus.
This login form is interesting because the only color comes from the sign-in and sign-up buttons located in the form. This draws attention from the eye and puts focus on the login area.
I loved this contact form because of the astonishing use of color, detail, and transparency. Coupled with clean typography, this login form is a winner.
The World Of Warcraft login screen uses a neat background image to put focus on the form in the center of the page. Textured borders around each field keep consistent with the medieval or fantasy feel of the rest of the page.
Krop’s login form has a neat dropdown effect that pushes the rest of the site down. The form area is clean and crisp, using subtle gradients and shadows to put focus on the login form.
Mail Chimp’s login form uses a combination of subtle gradients, bright illustration, and contrasting colors to put focus on the fields in the login form.
This login page is very clean and uncluttered. The top and bottom of the page offer navigation to the rest of the site without detracting from the main function of the login form.
Ustream uses a neat popup box when the login link is clicked that offers a multitude of options for logging into their site.
The login form on Facebook’s homepage is placed horizontally along the top of the page. The white fields contrast nicely with the blue background and offer a crisp, aesthetically pleasing form.
Kongregate’s login form is very neat in that a user can login without the page being refreshed using AJAX. This allows members to login even if they are halfway through a flash game. Very slick, and very convenient.
This login form is very simple and minimalist. The white-on-white feel of the page helps draw focus to the login form without losing usability or function.
Play Xpert’s login form fits nicely into the top menu area so as not to clutter up the page.
The Tengaged login form pops up nicely in the top area of the site when the login link is clicked. This reduces clutter yet still offers a very functional and good looking form.
Using a dark blue background, Myspace’s login form is able to contrast from the rest of the page to draw members attention to the form.
This login form drops down nicely from the top menu when the login link is clicked. It is very simple and has a bright login button for added usability.
iLike is another modal-using site in regards to their login form. Bright orange buttons draw attention and put focus on the fields for members to find.
This login form is very clear and simple. A bright pink login button is bright and vibrant to attract attention.
Ning uses a sidebar navigation for users to either login or register. Using bright blue indicators, visitors can easily interpret where they are on the page and what to do next.
GoSquared has recently redesigned their login page and I must say it is quite impressive. Using sleek colors, some cool background imagery, and subtle details, their login form is both aesthetically pleasing and extremely simple to use.
This neat login form features a humorous image and text alongside a very minimalistic form.
When compiling this list, I noticed a very distinct set of recurring trends that occur in login form design:
1. Modal windows – Lots of website use modal windows to reduce clutter on their pages and offer a slick, aesthetically appealing way for members to login.
2. Dropdown Forms – These are also used to reduce clutter and minimize distractions on the main page of the website.
3. Vivid Colors – Whether it be in the background, the text, or the buttons, bright and vivid colors are often used to draw attention and put focus on the login form.
4. Minimalism – Many websites I looked at when making this list utilized very simple and minimal login forms. They often used very light or neutral colors with no more text than necessary.