Defining the Problem
I conducted user research to help with my analysis of what the customer needs were for Dusted Gold. I then used that data to configure the architecture of the site to meet those needs.
This story I'm about to tell will discuss my journey of designing this website and my constant knock-down- drag-out with Shopify.
To view my research for this project you can view that process here
First, I should preface some MAJOR roadblocks I encountered, as a designer, trying to implement my design work into Shopify without any coding.
For anyone familiar with Shopify, customizing your site outside the confines of the templates provided means outsourcing. Shopify offers this, but the price was too high for what my client was looking to spend.
Being that this was a project for a friend, and that this was a big learning experience for me, I sought a solution that could do what she wanted - and that solution had to be something I could accomplish.
There are many templates Shopify provides ranging $70-200. For the design vision my client had, there was not a perfect template that had all of these features in one.
Somehow while surfing through the blackhole of YouTube, I came across Udesly
Long story short: Udesly is a converter that will convert your Webflow design into a Shopify template. It sounds like the perfect solution.
Through trial and error and for the sake of what was best for the brand, we decided to stick with a template to best meet consumer needs.