Taking Care of the Details

The author plans to turn from functional to aesthetic concerns, and as a prolix, indicates that the appearance is important, but not entirely critical. A form done well is usable if rendered in plain HTML, and a user can and will complete it. It doesn't need to be pretty .... but design can be helpful.

In general:

There's a brief discussion of font, color, and white space that's not very well done - there are better sources for this.