8 inspiring ecommerce website designs

Designing an ecommerce website is big business – and it's now easier than ever for a startup company to launch an online store.

Software such as Shopify, with its amazing library of customisable templates, makes it easy to create beautiful and highly immersive ecommerce website experiences – here are 12 great ones that caught our eye. So read on for some top web design inspiration...

01. Drybar

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Tiny animations add a touch of fun without being overwhelming

A great colour scheme paired with subtle animations gives this site both style and personality. Mouse over the little hairdryer and it bounces on its cord; hover over the icons at the top and a tiny animation gives you some feedback. Touches like this make the site fun to use without being overwhelming or annoying. 

Inspiring feature: Adding colour and movement on hover gives nice feedback and feels fun.

02. Nordstrom

Product filters help shoppers narrow down what they're looking for

For a site with a diverse and large range of products – from fashion to furniture to kitchenware – the challenge is to make sure your users can find what they're looking for. Where Nordstom excels is in its product filtering options. After choosing the general area they want via the main header navigation, users can narrow down their search as much as they want to using further filters displayed down the left hand side. Essential for happy shopping.

Inspiring feature: Great product filtering options.

03. Northernism

A minimalist design makes this site undemanding for the user

This site creates a fresh look by moving away from established ecommerce design patterns, placing images and text in on a grid that feels much less familiar. There's plenty of white space and each page contains a few simple images, making it seem a lot less busy than most of the web. 

Inspiring feature: Great use of photography makes the products feel luxurious

04. The Practical Man

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A practical UI for The Practical Man

A blocky layout, bold type and strong colour palette give this site for a men's sportswear retailer a distinctive, memorable style. Unlike many ecommerce sites, where an unusual aesthetic is confined to the homepage, the design here is consistent throughout – information on individual product pages is separated into a defined grid (price, colour, size, overview and so on). 

Inspiring feature: Large, chunky menus are easy to navigate and satisfying to use.

05. PRESS

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Get the feeling of a cosy bookshop on this beautiful site

Those who love bookshops but can't always make it to the high street can get a taste of a bricks-and-mortar bookstore on PRESS' website. The 'Books and things' shop has a website that makes use of beautiful photography to mimic the atmosphere in a tranquil bookshop. Scroll down and the products appear in a striking black and white chequered grid.

Inspiring feature: Huge product shots let you get a feel for each book.

06. A Book Apart

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A Book Apart's ecommerce website makes a visual feature of its book covers

Whilst many ecommerce websites rely on large beautiful photography to sell their products, A Book Apart instead uses the block-colour covers to vividly display its series of 'brief books for people who make websites'. This works especially well when displaying the entire collection of books, available as a bundle.

Inspiring feature: Makes the most of its simple, colourful book covers.

07. Ada Blackjack

Leather goods ecommerce website Ada Blackjack shows off its products with photography

Ada Blackjack is a brand of handmade bags and leather goods. Whilst relatively traditional in terms of design and layout this ecommerce website excels with its expressive use of large hero images. Photos are simple and clean, and let the product shine, as well as emphasising that it's quality that's the focus here. When viewing a large version of a product on it's individual detail page the designers chose to move away from the traditional popup by overlaying the large image within the page. Click the plus icon to see the effect.

Inspiring feature: Simple photography shows off the high-quality products.

08. Bellroy

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Bellory's ecommerce website includes a fun interactive demonstration

Landing on the homepage of wallet maker Bellory and you'll be greeted with a relatively simple layout. Delve a little deeper into this ecommerce website and you'll find a wide variety of very different designed pages highlighting individual products. Incorporating fun demonstration videos, the Bellroy site is a great example of how flexible Shopify can be when presenting your products online.

The Slim your wallet tutorial is a fun and interesting guide to 'losing the wallet bulge', culminating in some rather nice photographs of the product and links to all its products.

Inspiring feature: Fun video demonstrations and an interactive guide.

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