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How shane.kunkle started their web page design journey
Who are you known as?
The Lupulin Exchange
Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach
The explosion in craft breweries has led to a shortage in hops - one of the main ingredients in beer. As a result, a large secondary hop market has sprung up on various message boards and list serves. Unfortunately these existing sites are not well suited for this new market. Specifically, the ads are usually incomplete and payment is clumsy - but more generally the market is fragmented and extremely inefficient
The Lupulin Exchange is an online marketplace that unifies this secondary market and allows brewers to sell their excess hops easily and in large quantities. It saves brewers lots of time, we eliminate the risk of selling to strangers, it helps brewers find the hops they need and sell their excess hops for top dollar. Our target audience is limited to employees of ~3,000 US commercial breweries.
Having run some large breweries - we speak the language of craft brewers. We would like the Lupulin Exchange to convey that kinship and make other craft brewers feel comfortable. Lupulin is a common term in the brewing industry. Lupulin is the essential flavor of hops – specifically a bitter, yellowish powder found on glandular hairs beneath the scales of hop plant.
What industry do you think your business is most related to?
What do you have in mind for the style and theme of the web page?
We are drawn to websites with simple colors, minimal and flat UI with a fresh feel – with soft or futuristic sans serif fonts and responsive design. The winning design will balance three things well:
1) Professional - while new, the Lupulin Exchange is a legitimate business. The website is very well designed and our online market place looks like an institution which our visitors can trust
2) Functional - we want the site to do one thing and do it well. Facilitate the exchange of hops - specifically to allow brewers to quickly find hops to buy or easily sell hops.
3) Visually appealing – we want our website to look cool. We want to breathe a bit of life into a slightly boring industry
The lupulin exchange is really only a single search page (the front page). That is an oversimplification but I would like to minimize clutter – there is no shopping cart, there are a minimal of top level menu items, etc.
I have attached our logo as a starting point. We like the following ideas (in no particular order):
* Traditional stock market imagery – ticker symbols, stock candlestick charts, green arrows = gains, etc (google images “stock market”)
* A crowd of traders clamoring on the stock exchange floor for hops
The home page of our website is primarily a search page to find hops to buy. However, please note that this page also:
1) Give the user the ability to login and/or create an account (or manage their account if logged in)
2) Prominently encourage users to list their hops for sale
3) Standard website footer (contact us, faq, etc)
4) Menu at the top of the page with three links (how it works, about us, contact us)
The following would also be nice – but might be removed for the sake of clutter:
* Explain our mission and how the site works
* Some graphical treatment at the top
This page lists all the information about hops for sale on our online store and allows the visitor to buy hops. The text field is a short description and the location is a name and address. The seller name will also include the users website and company name. This page is quite bland right now - so we are looking for new ideas
Remember - people are using our website to buy and sell a commodity – every sale/hop is not a unique and precious snowflake. Specifically this means that the buyer really only cares about a few key details (how the hop has been stored, that the packaging has not been opened, etc)….and could care less about getting a photo of the hops and long wordy descriptions.
Please don’t feel constrained by the home page of our prototype website – we are looking for your ideas. While the prototype website is a good example of the functionality we require – we are looking forward to receiving submissions that are fresh and modern.