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John Lewis celebrates London Design week

How? With an interactive infographic of course … Brought to you by John Lewis. You can get a better/friendlier view of the whole thing here, or use your keyboard arrow keys to scroll.  Read More …

Advertising, Department stores, Homeware, Random, Trends, Web stuff

The new Waitrose website

Today Waitrose launched their new website. Overall a more streamlined sophisticated look with more to do on the home page. Gone is the enormous site map in the footer replaced with a neater version. Navigation is cleaner and the ‘value’ bright green is replaced with a more elegant textured brown and olive green. In the details of particular note are the areas on the introductory slideshow Read more …

Ecommerce, Retail design, Supermarkets, Waitrose, Web stuff
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The big image

There’s a trend in website design to use large background images to add a larger sense of place to screens. These images should be scaleable so they fit into whatever size window you’re using. Some sites have a random rotating image, some are more static. Some use a bit of javascript, or you can just use css and html (our preferred method, see below) and some use flash. Using images this Read more …

F&B, Retail design, Web stuff, WordPress
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Cox Cookies & Cake

Patrick Cox opened a new venture in Soho on Tuesday. Cox Cookies & Cake takes the current trend for all things cup cake/indulgence and adds a big dose of Soho neon chic. The website as yet isn’t live but shows the intent with an animated neon identity, and thank goodness for a sign up form. The website is at www.coxcookiesandcake.com their Facebook page is here. Also on a cupcake note the Read more …

F&B, Luxury, Retail, Retail design, Signs, Web stuff
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More ecommerce retail design

It wasn’t just Apple who launched their new season’s range yesterday. Over the past week or so a couple of big players in the fashion stakes have added ecommerce to their UK sites. Gap and Zara have very different approaches. The Gap model is pretty standard while Zara goes for the big centre stage image route as well as a lot more readable content and options for iPhone, iPad as well Read more …

Apple, Ecommerce, Retail, Retail design, Trends, Web stuff
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Ecommerce checklist

If you’re setting up shop online there’s a lot of questions you need to have the answers for, here’s 80 to start with: Why do you want an ecommerce website? What has lead you to this decision? What are your expectations of having an online store? (turnover/profit, life change, more spare time/less spare time) What is your USP? Are you competing on price? Who are your competitors? Who Read more …

Ecommerce, Retail, Web stuff

Mood board heaven

No sooner than we talked about the need to create an online mood board app than along cam Pinterest. A doddle to use and very addictive and of course super useful. Sign in with twitter, create pin boards, pin images from web pages (unfortunately not from Google Reader) upload images and follow other users. Still got 4 invites left so add your name to the comments if you want one.  Read More …

Random, Social Media, Web stuff
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Setting up shop – online

If you’re thinking about setting up an ecommerce or mail order shop, or even adding ecommerce functionality to your website you need to be aware of UK distance selling and e-commerce regulations. Here’s a link from Out-law.com to help in writing those all important terms & conditions. Also much more useful ecommerce set up information on the site.  Read More …

Ecommerce, Retail, Web stuff

Rapha Cycle Club

A good piece about the Rapha Cycle Club café from Noisy Decent Graphics. Also worth looking at his flickr group of the café. The Rapha website’s not too shabby either and a nice video on Monocle. These days there’s no reason not to have a shop, a pop up shop, a twitter, a facebook page, a van, go to festivals, write a book, a photo essay, a magazine, have a loyalty card, a website, a Read more …

Advertising, Branding, Ecommerce, Marketing, Retail, Retail design, Twitter, Web stuff

The Mid-Century Modernist

We really like this redesign of The Mid-Century Modernist, especially how the gallery is done, pulling in and displaying ebay auctions. All done in WordPress. Originally spotted (I think) from Erik Spiekermann’s twitter.  Read More …

Random, Retail design, Web stuff