Okay. So you all picked your choices of which new templates we should add to our ever-popular exported Dripbook Sites feature.
We're going to be producing designs 2, 4, and 5. We'll keep the original three, bringing the total to six.
So, as soon as we're done with producing these three new templates, you'll be able to export your portfolios on Dripbook and create a custom Web site using these three new templates. You'll be able to customize many aspects of the templates - colors, styles, etc.
If you are interested in testing out early versions of the new templates, please email us. We're closing comments on the blog post because there are already so many. So, if you're interested in testing one or more of the three new templates, email us and tell us which templates (use the concept numbers listed below) you're interested in testing. Thanks.
For more information on what Dripbook Sites is and what all this is about, head here.
Here are the finalist designs we'll be producing:
The idea behind this concept is to minimize the elements for the navigation, leaving the photography to be by itself. The navigation has been place within a compact element represented by a next and previous arrow and a thumbnails icon.
When the user clicks on the thumbnail icon the menu expands to view the genres/books and thumbnails for each book. The collapsed version of the navigation will follow the users mouse around for easy access to the menu.
This concept uses a very bold navigation, in both the top nav elements and the gallery arrows. It’s an evenly spaced layout, with room for the thumbnails below the viewed photo at all times. Thumbnail strip contains all the photos within a book and will be mouse gesture activated. Moving the mouse to the right, thumbnails move to the left and vice versa. Genres are list at the top, hovering over them reveal books within each genre.
Concept 5 is meant to function and feel like a film reel. It gives the user a clear idea of what photo is selected, but also shows previous and next photos at 25% opacity.
The navigation first shows all genres, once a genre is selected by the user the first tier of navigation moves up and reduces its opacity to make room for the second tier.
The navigation of photos would be a grab and scroll, pulling the reel left and right. It would also have an added hover and scroll functionality.