Wow, today was a day of full womens shoe immersion.
We visited the supplier we're going to work with (their shoes are fantastic!) and took 452 photos of 226 different shoe styles and variations. Mike's going to trace the shoes from these photos so he can then build the design software on the website.
Our plan is for the design process to be fun and to look and feel like the customer is drawing the shoes. So we won't use photographs in the design software, Mike is going to trace the 452 photos, then cut the traced images into their components so customers can mix, match and modify the parts to create their own drawing of their dream shoe. The one place we'll use photographs is to show the texture and colour of the different leathers customers can choose from. We've taken 2 photos of each shoe because we'll show the user their shoe from 2 different angles.
If the concept works and people buy our shoes, down the track we'd like to build 3D models of all the shoes, but that's going to be a lot harder so we'll start simple and take it from there.
What do you think about that plan for the design software?