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Jigoshop Showcase #18: Victym

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Victym: thisisvictym.com

Victym is an art collective which aims to showcase new talent and explore new areas of design and illustration, so you can imagine that the look of their website was extremely important to them. That’s probably one reason why they picked James Kemp to design and build their site, as his previous showcase entry, for Antique clothing also shows.

We asked James about his choice to work with Jigoshop:

I originally chose Jigoshop because of the good reviews it had received. I used it again because I had a great time manipulating it the first time! I like that it uses all the core WordPress functions, making it super easy to create your own loops and make the site look and feel how you need.

So how did Victym turn out?

Victym Homepage

The homepage is pretty striking as we think you’ll agree, giving plenty of space to show off the striking artworks with a great selection of images to highlight the latest blog posts as well as the Featured Prints for sale.

And the great selection of images continues throughout the site, with the main shop page again using a clean, image-led design to lift it above the background.

Victym Jigoshop shop page

The prints page is probably our favourite for the photos used – it looks great having human hands holding up the art to give the site and the artwork more personality.

Victym - Manifest Art Page

And finally the product page lets you invest in the artwork, as well as tempting you with related items to add to your collection.

Victym Product Page

Seeing as it’s such a visual site, we don’t want to write too much in this post, but it’s great to see yet another stunning website which uses Jigoshop to handle the eCommerce side of the business.

 

Jigoshop Showcase #15 Low Down Deep Recordings

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Low Down Deep Recordings – lowdowndeep.com

Back in October we featured French hiphop download site Deuxkids, and now it’s the turn of British Drum ‘n’ Bass with Low Down Deep Recordings and the work of young British designer Rory Morris. Much like our own Overload theme for digital downloads, Rory has created an eye-catching and standout site in darker colours which capture the spirit of darker and more underground dance music in the UK.

And it certainly seems to have worked – in the first three weeks of being live, the site had 50GB of encrypted downloads alone. That’s down to the combination of the music itself, the design of the site, and Jigoshop taking care of the backend so site owners and developers can focus on what’s important in securing sales.

Rory has shared that his client is already impressed with the revenue from the site. He also said he found Jigoshop a pleasure to work with, having switched eCommerce solutions halfway through the website build due to specific payment requirements.

What’s really interesting about the site in terms of functionality is that some products are available as physical purchases, whereas others are digital downloads only. And then there are also products available in both formats, leading to a variety of layouts and options on product pages.

The above example is only available as a CD – also notice items like the Facebook Comment integration which work well to promote your products via social networks.

Whereas the product below is available as an MP3, Wav, or even on vinyl.

We all really like this site because it fits perfectly with the tone and feeling of the products it sells, which is no doubt one of the reasons why it is so successful. And it’s great to see such a wide range of shopts and styles based on Jigoshop, proving that it really does work for practically any type of eCommerce store.

Jigoshop Showcase #13 Ruff House Art

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Ruff House Art – ruffhouseart.com

We’re constantly being amazed and delighted by the sites submitted for our showcases – the quality of the work we’re receiving is mightily impressive, and this week is no exception.

Then again, as a Letterpress and Design Studio, it’s not surprising that a lot of care and attention went into the build of a new site, which just launched of December 7th. Letterpress refers to the vintage printing technique used to produce Ruff House Art wedding invitations and stationary, which requires everything to be made one colour at a time and one sheet at a time to produce great results – and it seems the same ethic went into their new Jigoshop-powered site.

ruffhousearthomepage

Developed by Brian Shepherd, the main page elegantly displays the three main product categories; Wedding Invitations, Home & Office, and Bathtub Couches (More on those later). Clear links also allow you to find out more about Letterpress, and there’s a decently filled blog with all the latest products available. The choice of font, and the subtle use of colour works really well to highlight the areas of the page which are important, including the required social media links.

ruffhouseartProductspage

Browsing products, in this case Wedding Invitations, allows you to benefit from a decent selection of images and information on each page, along with categories to narrow your selections.

ruffhouseartIndividualProductpage

The individual products pages are nicely laid out, with a selection of images to view, and a good amount of text content to explain the product, options, and how to order.

But what about the Bathtub Couches?

ruffhouseartBathtubcouchespage

We simply couldn’t miss the chance to showcase some very cool furniture – after all, it’s not often you get to showcase cool couches produced from vintage iron bathtubs. Originally inspired by Audrey Hepburn lounging in a batchtub couch in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, they’d look great in the Jigoshop office!

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected] – we’re pleased to say more and more designers and agencies featured in the showcase are being referred new business via our showcase, so don’t miss out!

 

Jigoshop Showcase #6 Foodiggity

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Foodiggity – Foodiggity.com

We had to wait until after lunchtime to showcase Foodiggity, as there is far too much inspiration in the blog section – there was quite a high risk of spending the afternoon creating our own X-Men logo pizza rather than working. Fortunately the new Jigoshop-powered Shop section features cool culinary aids rather than foodstuffs, so it’s only threatening to our wallets rather than our waistlines.

Foodiggity Shop Page

Foodiggity is the popular creation of Chris Durso, who spent 10 years as a graphic designer before graduating from The Institute of Culinary Education in New York, and his creative experience really shows in the overall design of the site, and the integration of the eCommerce and social media elements.

It really shows the benefit of attention to detail in terms of the logo, palette and typography, and selecting appropriate categories to highlight on the homepage and main shopping pages means you get straight into the brilliant choices of products without being too overwhelmed by choice straight away.

Foodiggity Category Page

The category page continue to highlight the fact that there is plenty of choice, but that it’s being curated by someone to only bring you the items that you will really want – using pagination to split each collection. This is particular appropriate for this type of site, where each individual project is pretty interesting and needs some space to shine, rather than offering multiple variations on a theme as other businesses might need.

Foodiggity Product Page

The product page also features a nice design for the Add To Cart option, along with explaining payment options via the appropriate logos (And we have most payment options already covered, with a lot more on the way). The products themselves are pretty unusual, so the image choice is important, and works really well alongside the description and sharing options for Twitter and Facebook. And the inventory management in Jigoshop means you know what’s in stock if you’re buying as a present, for example.

What we love about Foodiggity is that the personality,humour and sense of design and style carries through the site consistently, and it shows how the core elements of Jigoshop can be tailored to suit a business perfectly. As our showcases are demonstrating, although each site is powered by Jigoshop to make managing it easy, they look completely different to serve very different markets, which is a big advantage of using a self-hosted WordPress solution. And because we focus on the heavy lifting behind the scenes, your time and effort can be concentrated on getting the design details right.

And if you need to hire someone to help you with Jigoshop-based design, why not post on our new Jobs forum?

Jigoshop Showcase #2 Look Darling Vintage Wedding Dresses

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Look Darling 1950s Wedding Dresses – www.lookdarling.com

When we first saw Look Darling, we have to admit everyone in the office was really impressed. If your business sells something as stylish as vintage wedding and evening dresses, then you need your website to measure up – and we’re also proud that Jigoshop is being used to power something as important to people as buying a dress for one of the most important days of their lives!

The homepage really combines a clean and simple navigation and product display with enough character from the period to reinforce that the people behind the company know their stuff. In fact the business started when founder Emma was looking for her own dress, and the two years of hard work before launching seems to have paid off:

Look Darling Homepage

Obviously buying a vintage dress or shoes is going to be an investment, so the team behind the website (Emma, husband Nick and designer Raphael) have put time and effort into ensuring that the individual product pages utilise several images of each product, a unique description (which is important for search engines), and make good use of related products.

Why did Look Darling pick Jigoshop?

We exchanged emails with Nick from Look Darling and found that he’d already used some of alternative CMS and eCommerce platforms before Jigoshop, but found that the interfaces weren’t intuitive, the time to market was slow, and some options meant that the site would look like a turnkey solution – which obviously wouldn’t suit gorgeous dresses and shoes.

In addition to Jigoshop offering all the required functionality and the speed – “We could have been up and running the same day if I wasn’t so picky getting the design spot on”, Nick also loves the fact that “It just seemed to work. No wasting my life tweaking or messing about to do basic things”. That’s great for us to hear, and also great for Nick who also works as Technical Director at a digital company, so needs something that does the job quickly and effectively.

We’ll leave the last words to Nick.

“The support is excellent and the growing community seems like it’s a winner, plus I really don’t mind paying sensible money for the quality of the additional components you offer”

Previous Jigoshop Showcases:

Jigoshop Showcase #1: Angel Bean Baby Shoes