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Earlier this year Shopify set out to showcase the best ecommerce sites displaying exceptional design, creativity, and usability with the launch of the inaugural Shopify Design Awards. The awards received over 150 submissions giving the judging panel of industry veterans Jeffrey Zeldman, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Daniel Weinand a lot to consider. Check out the winners and some of those who got honourable mentions below - we hope they inspire your own ecommerce sites...
Whipping + Post designed by Out of the Sandbox
"Whipping + Post is a beauty of an ecommerce store," says Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of swissmiss, Creative Mornings and Tattly. "A clean, well balanced site, beautifully echoing the design of their products, the Whipping Post site feels thoughtful and intentional.
"Strong photography, tasteful typography, appropriate white space, as well a beautifully balanced colour palette. An ecommerce site should first and foremost celebrate and elevate the products: Whipping Post does just that."
GREATS Brand designed by Wondersauce
"GREATS shows off big images in a catalog grid style fashion," says Daniel Weinand, co-founder and chief design officer of Shopify. "The crisp photography gives me a good sense of the texture and quality.
"I am immediately drawn in, clicking through handsome footwear, only to see it all beautifully deconstructed on a very focussed product page. GREATS delivers a very well designed & tangible experience (try rotating the shoes)."
Goodwin and Goodwin designed by Goodwin Studio
"The photography is exquisite; the hierarchy's clear; the type has been well considered, from the home page, through the category and detail pages, right into the shopping cart. The colour palette is neat and warm; and the responsiveness of the layout, if not ground-breaking, is cleanly and elegantly done."
10 other sites also received well earned praise from the awards judges that are well worth checking out...
Pure Fix Cycles designed by Shopaholla
An online store for fixed gear bike aficionados.
Sanctuary T Shop designed by Barrel
All your tea and brewing needs met.
A brand deeply rooted in skateboard, graffiti, and tattoo culture.
Jenifer Torosian designed by By Association Only
A fashion brand created by Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali that proudly carries the label "Made in Canada".
Society Clothing designed by Kenny Rosenberg
A California based design collective that promotes the "LIVE FREE" modern renaissance lifestyle.
The Ghostly Store designed by Daniel Hunninghake
Beautiful music, art and clothing.
The Horse designed by Paul Hanna
Scott & Amy's bootmaking store business proves there's no business like shoe business.
Mr Parker designed by Underground Media
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Rare Device designed by Aeolidia
This San Fran store sells beautiful things to hold in your hand.
Belief is a New York City based skateshop & clothing boutique, as well as a lifestyle apparel brand.
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Have you seen a great example of ecommerce? Let us know in the comments below!