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Obie Rifai

Northview Site Case Study

About The Brand

Northview is a retail brand focusing on high-end fashion and streetwear. The goal of the brand is to bring a fresh perspective to a highly crowded market and provide customers a new way of looking at these products. The goal is to provide a more inclusive way to approach this industry and to help others who are looking for their fashion identity a sense of style and the ability to create their own looks. 

Challenge

Create an e-commerce website that focuses on streetwear and high end fashion. The goal is to maintain a high end look and feel to the site while focusing on product and branding while maintaining the standard practices that an e-commerce website would have. Also create a brand identity for Northview Clothing.

Exploration

I started this process by doing initial research by looking at other high end fashion and streetwear brands such as Off White, Louis Vuitton, SSense, Supreme, BAIT, and End Clothing. After looking at what those sites were doing, I wanted the direction for this site to be more minimal while maintaining a bold look. Imagery was a big part of all of these brands as they are essentially the main selling points behind brand loyalty.

Process

Research

I started the research process by going to various sites that I tend to shop at including Nike, Adidas, Footlocker and End Clothing. The main reason I went to these sites were to really examine not only what makes them good, but also why I am drawn to them and the elements that I like the most about them. What I found was that I appreciate a more minimalistic approach in the design but also how they promote their products. I liked how it wasn’t a more “in your face” approach but more highlighting the products using strong images and a bit of descriptive. I feel that by doing that, you allow the product to do the talking and let the consumer form their own opinion on the product with feeling like it’s being pushed on them. 

Design

Logo

For the logo I wanted to a wordmark logo based on the fact that most high end fashion and streetwear brands follow that trend. For Northview, I wanted to have a bold typeface san-serif typeface to emphasis the main name and clothing in a lighter font as Northview should be the main point. I also added an arrow at the end of the N to further emphasize the North meaning. With the N being modified, it would also serve as an icon which can later be used as a shortened version of the logo, similar to how Nike has the swoosh as well as their text. 

Northview Stationary Logo Design

Website

Homepage

For the homepage, it was important for me to be minimal but with a strong focus on brand storytelling and a major focus on images. I wanted to include the new arrivals for the store on the homepage with a quick view button so that customers will have quick access to those products and easily add them to their cart. Another element that was important to include was an Instagram feed. The reason being is that social media is a major part of the industry and having a feed showing other influencers wearing the product is just another tool to market the brand and tell your own story to differentiate from the competition. 

Northview Homepage Designs
Collection Page

For this section, the filters were the main aspects of this page. While I was going through sites looking at what other brands are doing, and found that the common filters were Size, Colour, Price, Brand, and Style. By including these filters, it will give customers an easier way to narrow down the broad collection to something precise and what they were looking for. Asides from the filters, I wanted the product images to have a consistent look throughout each brand. Also with each product, I wanted to include the title, and the product price as they are an e-commerce staple. 

Northview Collection Page
Product Page

For this page, since most brands are image focused, I made sure that the product image was the focal point of the page. Along with the main product image, having multiple views of the products was also important as it gives the customer more information regarding the products. With that, the next important element on this page is the add to cart button. By having that large and black will draw the customer’s focus so they will be more inclined to add to cart. The other main elements that I wanted to push on this page were the title of the product, the price, and the size selection. I made all of these elements above the page fold so that they will be seen by the customer without having to scroll down making it easier for the end user. I put the product description, size chart, and product reviews towards the bottom of the page as customers who tend to shop for these items know what they’re looking for so those elements aren’t as important as others.

Northview Product Page Design

Summary

What Was Done

  • Design an e-commerce web site focusing on high end fashion and streetwear
  • Design a logo, brand and identity for Northview Clothing

Outcome

Overall, I think this project was a success. By looking into the high end fashion and streetwear brands, it gave me a better understanding of how those industries not only advertise their products, but rely on imagery and storytelling to really push their brands. By creating a unique brand with its own story, I was able to effectively use brand images to create a new perspective to a heavily crowded market. Adding a minimalist design with a captivating brand vision, Northview would be able to distinguish itself from the competition while maintaining the best e-commerce practices.
Role: Art Direction, Design