Simple and intuitive image-based navigation

My fiancé has been hard at work setting up her online business, selling vintage knitting and crochet patterns.  She has hundreds of patterns that the customer can browse.  The original catalog UI was basically just a huge hierarchy of categories, such as Knitting/Women/Dresses.  We tossed around a few ideas, and landed on something much more user friendly.  Instead of presenting lists of words, we decided instead to show pictures.  She rolled up her sleeves, learned some HTML and Javascript, and made it happen.  The result is very cool and much more user-friendly.  I will definitely use this approach in other UIs that I build in the future.

If you want to check it out, go here: http://shop.princessofpatterns.com/pages/catalog

Sorry if this post seems like a thinly disguised plug.  I’m just very excited about this, and proud that my cohort in crime is turning into a developer!

If you know anybody who is interested in knitting or crochet, please pass the link along.  :)

4 Responses to Simple and intuitive image-based navigation

  1. Andy Pierrepoint says:

    Hi Josh, looks good, you should now use silverlight pivot to wow her, this data would fit great into pivot!

  2. Josh Smith says:

    Cool idea!

  3. Lloyd Dupont says:

    Hi Josh, and completely out of topic…
    I’m preparing a new article for CodeProject on MEF – MVVM and a new library I created about it.
    I think the article would be ready about Wednesday~Thursday…

    And I was wondering… Would you be interested in criticizing it before everyone else / do a quick proof read of concept?!
    I would be much honored if you agree!🙂

    At the moment I already have the library and 3 sample from other people I ported to my library (with a simpler result / less line of code!)
    I ported Prism’s StockTrader app, MEFedMVVM simple sample (but design time working is even more simply, I think) and I’m currently finishing tidying up your MVVM demo from back then!
    It will be my main sample as it is both simple and complete🙂

  4. Karl Shifflett says:

    Josh,

    This site is great!

    Best,

    kdawg

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