Pinterest is an internet social service that gives an opportunity to easily exchange inspiration images through the web. The base of the website design includes a skeuomorphic concept of a pinboard.

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Not long ago Pinterest developers released a new version of the website (for now the users are kindly offered to try it). Jumping ahead, I would state improvement of the website focused on the visual side of the website, though in other spheres it’s more about minimization and pruning of its features. Continue reading

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Today let’s review subnavigation as a great tool and nice visually attractive design element of the site. Its power is obvious – it guides the visitors throughout the site, and helps them find everything without extra efforts. When the site is content heavy and it’s hard to arrange all the category names in a row, the subnavigation menu that is placed below the main one resolves this problem. Being well constructed is the key requirement to this menu, so the users can easily find what they are looking for. According to the way you interact with it, this menu can be hover and clickable. The first onу is more preferable according to the convenience. Simple and intuitive… Are these the main characteristics that a subnavigation menu should possess? Let’s see some of the main points that make such menus good.

  • Clean style.
  • Neat typography.
  • Readable list.
  • Semi-transparent background. In such a way you achieve the contrast, and make the list more readable.
  • Two levels. Of course, you can use only one. But the usage of more than two looks unintelligible.
  • Easy transition. When the sub-menu appears, it should happen seamlessly.
  • No tooltips. The sub-menu + tooltips is a bit complicated, isn’t it?

And what can spoil such a menu? Small text, which makes it difficult to read, the resemblance of menu color and the main one of the site, bad hover effect.

If you’re not ready yet with the design of your subnavigation menu, look through the inspirational examples from all over the web. They can show you how can subnavigation menu look, and hint at how to improve your own designs.

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Heppo

 

The first example will be a hover two-step sub-menu with the icons placed there to show the product types. When hovering over the icon, it changes the color.

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Porsche

 

When hovering the main menu, you can see the sub one flying out with subcategories mentioned there. It guides you to the next level where you can browse the product images with short descriptions.


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What is the most frequent reason of shopping cart abandonment or return of the clothing purchased online? Buying of apparel at the web store always makes customers question their choice and even send things back after trying on because of the poor fit. According to statistics, return rate of the average online clothing retailer may exceed 20%. Most of the rollbacks occur due to the customers’ discontent of how the item actually looks on them.

From distant times of the first e-commercial stores, their owners and developers make everything possible to abate the level of returns by means of various tools like size charts, zoom and 360 degree shots, helping shoppers make deliberate decisions.

These days more and more e-retailers begin to make use of augmented reality, which lets them simulate a kind of virtual fitting room, where customers may try on the selected items, change them for recommended ones and share their experience with friends in order to get instant feedback. As you understand, all those actions are taken without leaving house.

There are some awesome solutions on the software market now. They let the merchants increase their conversion rates and reduce returns. Some of them require a webcam as they use real person’s image and some need only user’s measurements, such as height, weight, bust, hip and waist sizes to build a virtual model of a shopper. This approach lets the buyers see if this or that item fits before the purchase, which indubitably allows to convince hesitant customers.

Of course, the technology has either cynical or optimistic reviews. Its opponents assert that the software is far from perfect and unable to influence sale and return rates. Vice versa, the adherents of augmented reality believe in its great future and necessity for further perfection.

Howbeit, some progressive brands prefer to be up-to-date and incorporate the technology into their stores. Below you will find several examples of e-commercial websites offering customers to try on clothes in their virtual fitting rooms. Much more brands like Adidas, L.K. Bennett, Nicole Farhi and Superdry have also signed up for the service. We hope their experience will let you make your own estimation on whether the innovation is really able to make e-commerce more profitable and user-friendly.

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Quiz

The website offers the visitors to create a virtual model inserting their parameters of face type, length, weight, bra size, under-bust, waist and hips with the help of simple scroll bars. Then, the buyers may try on the items they like and combine them with stylish accessories.

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Brides

Brides gives users the possibility to choose from default models which suit their body type best or upload their own photos and experiment with wedding dresses, hairstyles and makeup. Here the simulation tool developed by ModiFace is used. The technology features a body-remapping system that conforms a dress to the user’s body shape, posture, and weight. The customers can save their favorite looks in the “album” and share them via social media networks and email.

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Meeting a person you say “hello”, and it is a polite tone used in everyday life. You say it to show your courtesy and gain the favor of another person. The same rules are observed on the web. If you want to enlarge the number of visitors, show them a good welcome. The well done “about” page of your site will be the right tool for building a good reputation and making people believe in your ideas. Addressing your visitors in a personal and friendly way, you build so important confidence in the company. They way you speak to your audience will result in the way it treats your company.

The design of this page matters. How should you treat it to be one step closer to your clients? Here are the simple tips that will help you build a page that works:

  • Be polite and easy going.
  • Be simple and don’t make visitors frightened with the unintelligible words and definitions.
  • Be transparent and show your business ideas in explicit way.
  • Don’t waste time with the numerous facts and dates.
  • Avoid a lot of deathly dull information.
  • Focus on the visual presentation of information.
  • Show the team members in the creative way.
  • Tell a bit more about yourself and your team (about your interests, about life if it is appropriate here).

And at last, don’t be afraid to sound funny, be open to the visitors, and spice up all that tons of information that you may have with some cool pictures, illustrations, etc. It’s a wrong opinion that nobody read your about pages. Be sure, people are interested in who you are and the team that they are going to deal with.

Scroll down to see the cool design ideas of “about” pages and feel free to leave your comments mentioning the pages you like.

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Secret Penguin

 

Here is a great idea of how to become closer to the visitors – tell them a bit more about yourself. The “about” page goes with cool animation that shows the workers as they are. They laugh at each other, play pricks, and behave as if they were close to you. Looking at them, you can imagine that you have a real-time meeting with these guys.

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Viget

 

Tell me what you like, and I will tell you who you are. The same principle is put in the basis of this page. When hovering over the circles with team members’ pictures, their photos turn into… the interests of the particular person. And you understand that Doug Avery loves cats and coffee, David Eisinger – biking and parrots, etc.


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YouTube has announced its shutting down and no longer accepting entries to the site. What’s that? Of course, it’s April Fools Day! Are you ready for it? Have you prepared cool pranks for your friends? You need to have something really cool in your arsenal before you become a someone’s target. This is the day when the world goes crazy, and you have nothing to do with it, just enjoy all that funny jokes, and make the others laugh.

If you haven’t been pricked yet, don’t worry, the day is not over and you have enough time to make some fun. Where can you find great jokes? Visit the best humor websites that will make you laugh riotously and spam your friends with all that epic jokes. These sites are the real treasure chest full of funny videos, silly news, humor parodies, amusing games and pics – all the stuff that will make you pee in your pants. They all feature the non-stop content that will always hold your mood on the highest levels.

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Cracked

 

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I Can Has Cheezburger

 


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How to rock everyone with a new look of you design? Try this cool Free Vector Illustration of the week that depicts a playing guitarist. His free spirit is effectively shown in the tone of the image created in graphic style, with some grunge and typography elements. It’s definitely a good suit for your designs that deal with music and related themes. Try it to show your works at their best side! This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You’re welcome to download it during this week, the next Friday it will be changed into another one.

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Would you like to make a short journey right now? Come on, it won’t take too much time, however, strong emotions are guaranteed! You don’t even need to pack your bags and spend money for the tickets as some of the places we want to show you can hardly exist. They were created by the imaginative mind of designers to give rise to initial public interest towards the movies they promote.

All those movie posters got into our today’s collection not by chance; on the contrary, they were thoroughly handpicked because of the beautiful real and futuristic environments. They depict fairy forests, contemporary cityscapes, boundless grassy plains, wild jungle, unknown planets, queer streets, ancient castles, stormy water and many other things…The posters take us away to the obscure places on Earth and in the outer space. Peering at their colors, effects and compositions, you understand that every minor detail is important for conveying the mood and plot. All of them tell us part of the story and if it seems interesting, we go to watch the movie and get to know the rest of it.

So, it’s time to start! We are sure that you will find the trip rather inspiring and who knows, maybe some new design ideas are lying in wait for you somewhere “on stranger tides”.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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It’s time for an interesting review with catchy examples. What can it be this Wednesday? Best Designed eCommerce Sites are on the newsstand today along with highlighting the tips for making these designs sell.

There are no secrets, just the rules, observing which, you can create a good eCommerce design that will drive more visitors and turn them into your customers. But before you raise a profit, you should set up a solid basis for the future success. What is it? A profitable online store starts with a good design, and such good designs you’ll see in the examples of existing sites below. Looking at them and analyzing, you can find out certain points that are aimed at gaining the maximum eCommerce performance. Let’s enumerate them.

  • Cool sliders in the header for presenting the featured items. There is a variety of choices for sliders that offers you to choose the one that will certainly focus visitor’s attention on the products.
  • Good visibility of products. Usually, they are placed against the neutral background for the better visibility.
  • Easy-to-perceive content structure . It can be presented in the grid style or tiles, but some creative solutions are also very welcome.
  • Catchy design elements can bring the desired attractiveness and complement the whole design idea.
  • Typography also plays its role. Well chosen, it will contribute to the style and business direction of the online store.
  • Creative price notifications. You can just place the price near the item, show it in pop-up window, highlight it when hovering its area, and do much more for making it noticeable.

Still, there are three key features from the mentioned above that are of the previous importance for eCommerce sites: descriptive product pages, decent navigation, well done layout.

And now let’s find out how all these points are realized in the following examples.

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Unit Portables

 

This one is really cool. Here is the way to make your customers interested and even say “wow!”. It’s the example of tile-based layout with the content part divided into colored sections. This design uses bright colors to set up an optimistic tone and engage the viewers. The upper tiles present a slider with the best-selling products, in the tiles below there is an embedded video and other content.

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Help Remedies

 

What do we find here? The layout is presented in grid style ( 5 columns). Some of the cells have underlining images that may be animated. Clicking them, you can see the pop-up window with the hidden information revealed. At a first look, it’s minimal layout, but it is nicely spiced-up with animated elements.


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Meet the fresh goodie from the team of skillful designers who know a thing about the new trends on the web. Free WordPress Business Theme from TemplateMonster is a ready-made design that you’re welcome to use for starting up your website.

A good theme is more that just an attractive design. Each element plays its role and complements to the whole idea of the theme. And what’s the goal of the business design? To communicate your ideas effectively. This one will do it in the best possible way. The contrasting color scheme is ok for creating a warm welcome to your visitors. It’s also great for setting the positive tone to the design. Wise arrangement of the content part with the features blocks, jQuery slider in the header and widgetized sidebar is a good idea for content heavy sites. Using this theme you may be sure that all your business ideas will have an impact on the customers.

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