Also: the man/woman pictures on your main page repeat in Chrome for windows that do not have a specific shape.
This feels really good, and is probably worth improving that aspect. I could definitely see myself shopping on a site like that.
1 - I would keep a flat design, I think the spheric design is a distraction and gives the impression the inventory is limited to the "circumference"...
2 - If you could find a way to keep the user on site (maybe load amazon in a iframe) to see more details, that would make the experience more fluid.
3 - Maybe let users save items they like since this is a discovery platform.
I agree this is a major UI problem; it doesn't feel natural to browse.
The UX is a little weird. I clicked the top image expecting it to move into place but nothing happened. Ditto for the image to the right of the main one.
It took a while to notice the controls at the bottom, and a little after that to realize they were keyboard shortcuts (maybe I am just slow). After I realized that, I tried '=' to show the bottom bar and nothing happened.
I'm not sure what 'Z' does but for me it just cleared the page.
In the bottom bar there's an orange square that is darker colored, and empty, was curious what that was for.
Also it isn't obvious what X and Z are supposed to do before using them (as the explanatory text is hidden slightly behind the orange bar at the bottom for me at least). When Z is selected it is unclear how to return to the previous page, as the images on the previous page aren't clickable, but the only way to exit the 'Z' screen is to click the image. Just feels a bit inconsistent, that's all.
Personally, I find the placement of the up arrow being adjacent to the left arrow but the right arrow being placed on the far right a bit jarring. I expect it to be a block of three buttons together - left arrow, up arrow, right arrow - in the centre of the menu options.
Interesting idea though - good luck!
1. Let the mouse do more. It's cool that you can use the keyboard, because that's efficient. But I expected to be able to do things like click the thumbnail on the right and have it move to the center.
2. When you press X and then click the link that pops up, it doesn't open in a new tab. It probably should, like when you press enter.
3. Get the right price data. I found a number of cases where the prices listed on your site are way higher than on Amazon. For example: http://www.amazon.com/New-Borrelli-Orange-Shirt-16/dp/B008QI...
4. Add some filtering options. Price would be a good place to start, especially if this is for students.
But let's talk about the actual stuff on there: not a single piece of interesting clothing for men on the entire site as far as I can tell. I don't think people want to endlessly browse nothing, they want access to new ideas.
More importantly, my gf, as heavy online shopper (she never admits ofcourse ^_^) shot the idea. Basically the same arguments: not able to quickly see stock. Zoom is full picture, while most nowadays use magnifying glasses, etc.
In the end, nice try. Fun idea. But it is not clear to me what is wrong with current webshops showing overviews in a grid, and details on click.
1. Learn what you like and suggest similar things (Pandora, Frank and Oak, Trunk Club)
2. Offer related things regardless of like (Amazon)
3. Allow you to follow people you like and see their latest creations or likes (Pinterest, Instagram)
4. See overall popular content (Pinterest, Instagram)
Some of these would be easier to integrate than others, may be in scope of the project
Too slow and annoying to see one item at a time.
Unfortunately, there is nothing about the site that screams “this is useful, I should bookmark this!” All of the suggestions are hopelessly generic, and prices are all over the place.
Then they just browse both.
You should get rid of the words "a weekend project", you don't need an excuse if something is not perfect.
It even has some of the same hotkeys :)
it's for girls only though...