Digital Finery has been independently voted by Best Web Design Agencies as the second best Ecommerce Design Company in Australia.
The award looks at design, functionality and overall quality of the site. Digital Finery has been in the Top 10 for Ecommerce Design for the past two years, so it’s great to be sitting at the top of the table!
We haven’t blogged for ages, all I can say web marketeers are probably the worst people at following their own advice. We can dish it out, but can we follow it…nope!
So what have you missed over the last six months?
Over Christmas we launched Spirit Gallery, a real life bricks and mortar store, now selling their didgeridoos and aboriginal art worldwide.
The site is built in OpenCart, our new open source ecommerce favourite.
We redeveloped the Sense2 website. Having built their original website several years ago, it was a pleasure to completely overhaul the site. It now has lots of animated features that are built entirely without the use of Flash, which makes it more accessible across iPads and iPhones. Super sexy filters for pricing & quantity and sweet animations on scrolling down the side menu.
We redeveloped Butcherman, Sydney’s favourite online butcher shop and one of our first clients from 2006. This ecommerce store has had a little makeover, actually quite a big makeover.
We redesigned and redeveloped Cactus Imaging. It’s now built in Drupal. The background changes when you refresh the page and it showcases beautiful imagery that is super COLOURFUL (if you look at the website you’ll understand why we felt the need to write that in caps…)
Last week we launched Freedom for Living. The Freedom girls have been working really hard over the past few months putting together their motivational seminars and programs.
We helped pull it together with a sexy logo, web design and custom web development using our own open CMS, TagFactory. The site includes ecommerce for course bookings.
Launched a redesign – Alliance Landscape Group. The site was redesigned by our talented designer, Eva, and re-built by Peter in CMSMadeSimple.
We’ve just launched Socks for Living, a pure-play online retailer dedicated to socks.
The ecommerce development is in Magento with our own custom web design and killer SEO (really they ranked in the Top 10 for “buy socks online” in the first week and are still there!)
Who would have thought we’d be adding one of Google’s sites to the Hottest 100 Web Design Lists?
Google have created a lovely magazine layout of their quarterly publication aimed at their partners and advertisers. It is aimed at the UK audience, not sure if there is one for the US. It certainly looks English. The layout and style has a relaxed feel to it, large custom fonts, excellent use of white space and colourful illustrations. Outstanding web design by the big G!
Go and visit Think Quarterly
We’ve just launched Area Construction for Scott Salisbury Group. The site is a simple CMS site developed with open source CMSMadeSimple.
Industrial web design and flash animation was done by the talented BMD Studio in Adelaide.
Visit the site at www.areaconstruction.com.au
If you are designing a new website and show it to anyone I guarantee they will have an opinion on it. It could be as simple as “that logo needs to be bigger” or “that green doesn’t look right with the green in the footer” or bizarre like “Throw in a kitten, too. Everyone loves kittens!”
You need to visit UX Myths. Here are all of the myths you’ve probably heard before like “White space is wasted space” and “Accessibility is expensive and difficult” and very good reasons why these are just myths. UX Myths debunks many myths your clients and critics may have about your web design and will allow you to try and remove the emotion involved in web design.
My favourite: People always use your product the way you imagined they would. Getting your mum or dad to use the sites you build will open your eyes to how different generations navigate their way through the www.
We’ve just launched Tulp Kids, an ecommerce shop and brochure site selling designer European kids furniture.
Web design and Magento ecommerce development was all done in-house by Digital Finery. This shop was a lot of fun, with the aim on high-end design we got to keep the layout simple. Visit the site at www.tulpkids.com
We’re often asked by clients about what information they need to include on their ecommerce website so we thought we’d post a link to a document produced by the Australian Government Treasury Department.
Ecommerce Guidelines and E-Commerce Checklist
In summary, the guidelines run through:
- Fair business practices
- Disability access
- Advertising and marketing
- Engaging with minors
- Identifying your business
- Conclusion of contract
- Security and authentication
- Internal complaint handling
- External dispute resolution
- Applicable law and reform