9 thoughts on “Why is the “log in” button always hidden so good?

And why does it bother me so much?

  1. What do you think about a simple form for logging in and signing up if you’re not a user already? Haven’t seen one in my life and it seems easier to implement and design

    1. This idea seems just like the thing Medium is doing, check it out 🙂 although they have gone a step further, since signing in requires clicking in a temporary link sent to your e-mail address – so the flow ends up pretty similar for both registering and signing in.

  2. Great read and suggestions. I like the first suggestion the best, since it is true that we tend to go to the upper right corner when looking for User/Log In options.
    I think a lot of what you mention can also be applied to the Log Out option. I share a work station and that means I often find myself looking for how to Log out of sites, you’d be surprised (or maybe not) but this option is even harder to find than the one to Log in.

  3. I’m quite partial to a “smart view” approach where the site leaves a cookie on the browser during sign out to prioritise the log in view on the next visit to the site.

    When the user returns they are presented with a message like “Welcome back Matt” and a password box. There is a “not you” account switcher link at the bottom to allow other users to switch to a login box that takes a username and password.

    Mock up I did a while back: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qltrbgmlm9j1nfw/Screenshot%202015-03-05%2009.50.42.png?dl=0

    When I see these “always sign up” UIs, I think of it as lazy design/implementation. It’s quite absurd to think that you’ll never have returning users. Either the business is offering a one time solution where they don’t expect users to come back (unlikely), or they haven’t given the UI enough consideration to present returning users with a log in screen rather than a sign up screen.

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