2014-06-09: This is all very beta alpha, I launched the site at 23h20 on Monday 9th of June. So bear with me, this is just a start.  So let’s start with some reference…

The start of a project is messy. Phil Barret (UX Guy) – Flow

Experiencing something that solves a problem effortlessly, i.e. it is designed well, tends to manifest in simplicity, obviousness and inevitability.  Jonathan Ive, Senior VP of Design at Apple, said the “sense of inevitability in the solution is really hard to achieve”. Any designer will know this to be true. Design is hard.

Knowing that the design process is difficult (and a bit of a mess) looking at finished work can help get through the mess a little bit quicker. Words like reference and best practice are relevant. There is a whole other story about user experience and user centred design, but it’s late and this site needs to go live. Cart Republic started out of a need for great reference of best practice in eCommerce.

The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman

The Process of Design Squiggle by Damien Newman, Central Office of Design

These are main areas Cart Republic covers:

Page Types:

  • Home pages – these tend to get the majority of website traffic and merge creative, look book, and e-shop
  • Category page – one of the commonly used entry points to an online store
  • Product page – if your customer can’t find or use this page properly, you have wasted your entire investment
  • Cross channel – these are smart and creative solutions for eCommerce stores that have physical retail locations
  • Look book – creative implementations of look-book for eCommerce/digital

Devices – each of the above categories will be searchable by Desktop, Tablet and Mobile

Colours (excuse my English spelling) – screengrabs of the above categories will be searchable by ±11 colours