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Jigoshop Showcase #11 Head Hugs Hoodies

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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]

Head Hugs Hoodies – HeadHugHoodies.com

Some products are much easier to show than to describe, and Head Hugs Hoodies definitely fall into that category, which is why the large image on the homepage is much more effective at explaining what they are than anything we can attempt:

HeadHugHoodiesHomepage

Purrrfect if you are always misplacing your gloves or hat, and you fancy bringing out a bit of your animal side. The homepage also has a useful content block for information and promotions, plus the latest additions to the product range.

HeadHugHoodiesShoppage

The main Shop page has larger images of the whole range, and makes good use of the photos showing the Head Hugs being used.

HeadHugHoodiesProductpage

And last, but certainly not least, there’s the product page which use selections of alternate images, product descriptions and the Related Products feature of Jigoshop, which is always useful to attract multiple purchases.

It’s a nice clean and simple design, which will allow the new website to potentially grow and expand in the future – with a product that’s so unusual and fun, there’s a lot of scope to involve consumers in in the site, and to really go to town on fun articles and competitions, as well as expanding the product descriptions. But in the meantime, it definitely shows you exactly what a Head Hug Hoodie actually is, and given the cold weather for most of us at the moment, it’s arrived at a good time!

Jigoshop Showcase #10 Coffeeangel

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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]

Coffeeangel – Coffeeangel.com

Coffeeangel is an Irish company, based in Dublin, which you might have guessed focuses on coffee. Along with providing coffee stands for events, they also sell a wide range of coffee and related items direct to the public, and it’s safe to say that they really know their beans.

The Coffeeangel website was designed in-house, and built by Abban Dunne, using Jigoshop to great effect. That’s assuming you aren’t mesmerised by the pixelated coffee bean background design…

CoffeeAngelHomepage

So it’s a subtle and stylish design, which won’t overwhelm your eyes if you haven’t had your morning espresso yet. But alongside the interesting News section and the range of Services available, we’re really interested in the shop.

CoffeeAngelShoppage

As you can see, the Category list is the main navigation element, with a healthy list of products in each section displayed down the page. Handily you can add straight to your cart at this stage if you’ve already spotted the product you know you want, reducing the number of clicks to order – it’s important not to let anything get between a caffeine addict and their coffee.

But it’s the individual product pages that really stand out for us…

CoffeeAngelProductpage

In terms of search engine optimisation, you really need a significant amount of text on a page if you hope to rank highly for it in Google. At the same, time, you also need the product details, social media buttons, and ideally related products. And in this case, there’s also a great video. But putting all of that onto one page and keeping it simple, stylish and relatively quick to load can be a problem.

In this case, the great solution has been to use click-to-expand boxes for each section, allowing you to quickly access the video tutorial if you wish, but not taking up valuable space on the page if you don’t. It also means the page design doesn’t look radically shorter if products don’t necessarily have specific video content on the page, and as the sections open quickly, it doesn’t hinder you when you have the urge to Tweet, Like or +1 a product.

As a bonus, it also means the design wouldn’t have to change to include more or less buttons as new and existing social networks continue to constantly change what they provide.

All-in-all, it’s a site you can appreciate even if you aren’t a coffee lover, but which is quite likely to persuade you to make a few purchases if you are!

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #9 Camilla Meijer

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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]

Camilla Meijer – camillameijer.com

Camilla Meijer is a Swedish-born but now London-based designer who set up her brand in 2006 and attempts to ‘bring nature indoors’. And there’s a very definite Swedish aesthetic in the design of her new website by James Greig. The minimalist approach really highlights the colours and design of Meijer’s work, and fits with a particularly Swedish idea of ‘lagom‘, which means ‘just the right amount’ (You may have guessed that one of the Jigoshop team has a close affinity to Sweden by now!).

And James has certainly achieved just the right amount of design and style with the homepage focusing on a large slide-show which really shows the products on offer with some great photography.

CamillaMeijerHomepage

The menu and fonts are very clean and simple, giving you the choice to read more about Camilla, sign up for an all-important newsletter, and get straight to buying her work (Along with FAQs and a contact option)

And the importance of a clean and minimalist design is highlighted in particular by the wallpaper landing page which features a lot of very vibrant colours and designs.

CamillaMeijerWallpaper

It also works well with the Cushions landing page, which features some more subdued options as the lead products, but cover a wide range of colours and designs. With such a wide range of palettes on display on one page, the clean design avoids any clashes or taking anything away from Camilla’s work.

CamillaMeijerCushions

Given the designs, it’s pretty likely you’ll end up on a product page.

CamillaMeijerProductPage

In a different approach to many of the other shops we’ve showcased, James hasn’t made use of the Related Products options, but instead has used the category list as a secondary menu, which probably makes more sense for this particular site and range. Multiple images are used where appropriate, and the Facebook Like button is discretely integrated.

It proves that ‘Lagom är bäst’, or for non-Swedes, ‘The right amount is best’.

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #8 Antique

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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]

Antique – BecomeAntique.com

Antique is a new clothing brand which was launched in London in 2010, and currently offers a range of cool shirts, hoodies and hats. For their new website, they brought in James Kemp, who has something stylish, with big, bold imagery and colours to compliment the clothing.

Become Antique Homepage

The Store page is notable for displaying all products, along with a few Category choices, but mainly making use of a slider to set prices to narrow down the available options. You’re able to selected a minimum and maximum price, and no matter how difficult you try and make it, the site always returns at least one or two products to choose from.

Become Antique Shop Page

Then we come to an individual product page, with three big, clear images of the clothes being modelled. The use of multiple images, including using different models for the same shirt or vest, means you can get a great idea of how your new purchase might look, and the Related Items are used nicely with the multiple images displaying via the two or three dots across the picture, as with the main shop page.

Become Antique Product Page

In addition to the great use of multiple images in each placement and some nice custom fonts, the use of a single background, and colour choice gives an element of class and quality to reinforce the clothing brand and allow them to stand out a bit from other similar clothing lines.

If you’d like your Jigoshop-powered site featured in our showcase, email [email protected]

Jigoshop Showcase #5 DeuxKids

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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]

DeuxKids.com Homepage

Deux Kids – DeuxKids.com

DeuxKids is the work of designer Baptiste Mollicone, and has quite a different look and feel to the other sites we’ve featured recently in our Showcases. DeuxKids provides beats and samples, and the urban theme works really well alongside the samples they make available to lease and download.

The French hip-hop culture is obviously apparent from the homepage, and also in the Beats page which includes artist images and descriptions along with playable samples for you to try before you lease them.

DeuxKids Beats Page

What’s interesting is that you don’t necessarily buy the tracks and copyright, but you lease them for your own use, including selling up to 2,000 copies of something including the sample, for example. Which is a pretty interesting model for legal re-use of music.

And from a Jigoshop-perspective it’s also interesting that they provide a way to listen to each track before you invest in it – the site was built before we released the JPlayer Music Sampler plug-in to make it easier for anyone to offer music samples pre-purchase. Sorry, Baptiste!

Deux Kids Product Page

We really like the impact that DeuxKids has – and Baptiste has already shared a second Jigoshop site which we’ll be featuring in a future showcase, so anyone requiring a French web designer would do well to check out his site.

Check out our next showcase on Friday as we revert to our usual schedule, flu and colds permitting.