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Design Focus: Easier E-commerce

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to design that next ecommerce project, or choose a tool to sell your own products and services, these sites are definitely worth bookmarking for both reasons.

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Chec

Chec

I’m a fan of that gradient style, while the hand-drawn icons give contrast to the clean look. Some blocks of text run a little too wide though.

Gumroad

Gumroad

Lovely illustrations and color swatches matching the branding. I also like the animation of the hero text, which swaps out two matching words targeting different audiences.

Soldsie

Soldsie

Clever move to flood almost the whole page with a solid blue background that echoes that of Facebook’s signature color.

Ribbon

Ribbon

There’s a definite Layervault/Flat UI influence to the design both here and the merchant site, and by that I mean bright colors, friendly shapes, and simplified representation of interfaces.

Stripe

Stripe

Gradients and realistic illustrations have not been completely booted out and the vibe here has a very pre-iOS 7 feel.

Shopify

Shopify

There’s ample use of black for accent but also some very refined execution of interface elements with tabs, blockquotes, and menus.

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Business, DesignHow to Get the Work You Want
“While there’s something to be said for how designers react to the constraints of their customers, clients, or bosses, unsolicited projects can help round out the narrative of your portfolio when you don’t have client projects to fill in certain chapters.”

JavaScriptWhat is the DOM?
“In most simple cases, the visual representation of the DOM will be just like your simple HTML. But it’s often not the same.”

TypographyA Pocket Guide to Master Every Day’s Typographic Adventures
“This little guide is for everyone who comes across these typographic adventures or just want to do things right. Mastering the things mentioned in the short chapters below will help you get your message across more successfully.”

User ExperienceInfinite Scrolling
“Maybe we should give up on the whole idea of a 'back' button. 'Show me that thing I was looking at a moment ago' might just be too complicated an idea for the modern web.”


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