Design Work

More on Prettify, and a competition!

As I mentioned yesterday, the theme I designed for Shopify has now been released. If you use Shopify you can go to the Themes area in your Admin Panel and use it for your shop.

The idea behind it was to create a theme that would be perfect for artists and crafters, especially those who are used to sites such as Etsy, Folksy and Dawanda. I spent a lot of time on those sites comparing the layouts and design and merged the best parts together to make Prettify.

It has a similar clean look to all those sites, and the design is built around banner and avatar images that can be swapped for your own design without too much difficulty. The emphasis is on large product photos to show off intricate details and unique handmade products. A lot of the other Shopify themes give much more emphasis to product descriptions and prices but for most art and craft products, it’s the pictures that are most important.

There are four colour versions available, as you can see above, and these can be switched easily in the Theme Editor. Of course, you can also edit the stylesheets to use your own colour scheme and build additional features on top of my code. That’s the beauty of Shopify.

I’ve built an example site using Prettify so you can have a browse around and see how all the pages look. I’ll be adding more features in the coming weeks and will explain how some of them are done.

And now for the competition! I’m giving away a FREE Shopify theme design based on Prettify. I’ll edit the images and colours to match your current branding, or come up with something new for you. I’ll add some extra features that you might need and help you get everything set up. The only catch is that you need to have a Shopify account on at least Basic level which does incur a monthly fee. If you’re serious about your business though, it’s an excellent investment. I’m literally 100% happy with my Shopify shop.

If you want to enter, just email hello AT askingfortrouble.org with a link to your current shop or website and why you need a new design. I’m keeping this open until December 1st so you’ve got plenty time to enter. You could have a brand new shop for the new year!

UPDATE: This competition is now closed. I’ll be picking a winner very soon and will contact everyone who entered.

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