I’ve gone everywhere with idea’s and I thought today might be the day to settle on bloody idea, yathink?
So, I had a chat with a friend today about how hard it is to sell first year books. So the thought came to mind that perhaps I could do a website dedicated to selling your old university books, without the stinky, past-used-by-date, book store smell. So, I think that is what I’m going to do.
THE PATH HAS CHANGED, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN UNDONE.
Name suggestions ft. Flatmates
- The Book Father
- Uni Books.com
- Sloppy Seconds
- Second Story Books
- The Book Op Shop
- The Book Seller
So, I decided to go with ‘The Book Seller’, self explanatory really – makes the most sense. I decided the next best thing to pick would be a font that would work as a title or ‘header’ for the website.
What I like about this font is it’s statement factor, it really has impact and to me this font looks like a title font for a book anyway, which is sort of cool and a nice touch.
Letter Gothic Std
What I like about this font is similar to what I found appealing about Aparajita. It’s nice and it looks like a book font but perhaps this font looks a little more modern. I was flicking though Debate [the university magazine] and I found that the use of serif fonts is particularly minimal, even when I wandered into UBS [University Book Store] the use of san-serif fonts is more apparent, and I would even go as far as to say more appealing.
I also looked at a few other fonts [as above] but found the use of ‘Letter Gothic Std’ more appealing than the rest in close consideration of my target audience and what they would respond better to. I find it a big plus actually fitting into the target demographic of my design because it simply comes down to whether or not I find something appealing and that can simply be my justification. Nevertheless, lets continue.
I’ve never been a huge fan of overly colourful websites. Bright colours startle me, like a deer caught in headlights I squint to try and figure out what the heck I’m looking at, before giving up and closing the tab, and as stated above – it all comes down to my personal preference ^-^
What I have chosen here is a soft blue. Why? Because as a child my favourite book was Alice in Wonderland, and as an adult the first game I bought for my X360 was Alice: Madness Returns. So, sticking to tradition and personal preference, the website will be black and white with an accent colour of blue.
What I then moved onto was beginning the framework of my website. I wanted to work with a simple layout that was easy to use and back-dropped by a dominant black and white photograph [like the background to the font]. I wanted the website to be in three sections, an introductory section (so what you will see first before you touch the scroll bar [as left]), an information block, and a footer.
For this post I will be only focusing on the introductory sections design and layout. I headed the top section with a navigational menu that will comprise of the links such as [about] [store] [locations] and so on.
So in following this simple layout I made a simple ‘wireframe’ website concept [as right] that I can work from. Just a basic idea of a layout that will guide me through the progression of the creative process of making my website. I’m not happy with the concept so far, I mean I like the layout and the navigational menu but the logo is a little ugly and the website so far really isn’t that appealing. The photograph works well however this is a PLACEHOLDER photograph I am using until I can take my own photographs 🙂
So before I started playing around with the website I thought “what is the point of this website?” and I came to the conclusion that this will act as not a promotional website for the cause, but a search engine where students can go online and find out what stores stock what second hand textbooks. So to do this, I would need some sort of search bar, correct?
Here she is! *applause*
Okay, so it doesn’t actually look all that amazing, but its whats on the inside that counts.. White shapes, white boring 45% opacity shapes (come on it doesn’t even say search yet) meh! What I would really like to know is if I can animate a cursor, you know like when you go to type something into Google. Like we know how to make things flash when we roll over them so many I can make something work that doesn’t look too cheese.
So, I thought maybe I should think about a logo type .. thing, that works with the header.
*note the name change* The Bookshelf was a typo that I went with because it felt a little nicer. I like the arched font as I feel it sort of reflects the old book stamps you would get as a kid, you know the ‘this book belongs to’ (probably talked about somewhere in my research post). I really like this so far but I know it is still too plain. so I started playing around with it.