There’s something about adding a brand new item to your wardrobe that just feels good… but shopping can sometimes be the pits. Buying online can be especially frustrating – you have a limited view of how an item looks in the real world, then you have to wait for it to show up only to find out it isn’t really what you expected. Here at Bombsheller HQ, we’ve been hard at work looking for innovative ways to make the shopping experience less stressful. Last month we rolled out our new sizing video to help you find your perfect fit. This month, we’re bringing you our hot new 3D viewer!
If you’re unfamiliar with how using a 3D viewer works, Ivy’s put together yet another awesome tutorial to help you out:
We’re so proud of how the viewer turned out. We couldn’t have done it without Arielle, who always works tirelessly to keep our website running smoothly and looking great. I asked her to tell me a bit more about the end goal for the viewer and about the blood, sweat, and tears put into building it:
“Many designs aren’t well captured by the four views available in the automatic rendering system. The popular design #CephalopodInTheMoodOf is a good example. It’s hard to get a good angle on it in the still renders, but in real life or in the 360 viewer its charm is much more apparent. Surprisingly, even while I was using it, especially on mobile, I felt that I knew the design much better and felt more confident about what it would look like. This feeling even existed for designs I had actually seen printed out and worn. Hopefully others have this feeling as well when using it. I hope people have fun with it and check out some of the more finely detailed designs or the ones that have surprises in their details, like any of the Enfu designs, and certainly Mandroid’s #Place design.
It was grueling trying to get [the viewer] small enough to load in a reasonable amount of time, [and] there was a lot of back and forth about the lighting. Writing something that needed to respond in real time, like a tiny video game, was not a big part of my programming experience. I’m glad to have done it, as it was very different from the rigid world of a web framework. “
Taking on the 3D viewer project as well was no small feat, but we think it really paid off. Thanks for kicking ass, Arielle!
Stay tuned, because we’ve got more to come. Happy shopping!