Friday, May 20, 2011

The Curious Importance of Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency has already gotten to work, and one of their first jobs has been to design a new top-sheet that would be standard across loans, allowing you to quickly assess what you will pay for a loan. This is to make it easy for people to understand the terms of their loan, and how it might change over the life cycle.

What CFPA understands is that the way that information is communicated is important. To that end, they're allowing people to vote between two different proposals and provide comments on the form.

As someone who currently works in the field of documentation, and someone who really believes that culture is the communication of ideas or knowledge, and therefore our forms are part of our culture, I think it's important that people weigh in.