Feature Release: Facebook Stores & Credit Cards
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Goodsie Gives Retailers Integrated Facebook Storefronts to Maximize Footprint, Sell More Online
NEW YORK – November 9, 2011 – Goodsie, the easiest and most stylish way to setup shop and sell anything online, today announced the availability of Facebook storefronts, allowing retailers to expand distribution to Facebook’s global community of more than 800 Million users at no additional cost. The entire integration process is automated and requires just a few clicks for retailers to get started selling on Facebook.
“As an increasing number of consumers use Facebook to discover new brands and products, it’s critical for retailers to reach shoppers where they are spending such a large percentage of their time online,” said Jonathan Marcus, founder and chief executive officer, Goodsie. “We are committed to ensuring that Goodsie retailers are well positioned to tap into the power of the social web.”
Goodsie offers the most seamlessly integrated Facebook storefront solution available. Transactions can take place without buyers ever leaving Facebook to complete a purchase. The storefront system is designed to both preserve each retailer’s brand integrity and fit within the look and feel of Facebook.
Additionally, it is now possible for Goodsie retailers to accept all major credit cards using either Authorize.net or Braintree, two of the leading payment gateways, and charge tax on a per-product basis. Together, these enhancements give retailers complete control over the checkout cart process on Goodsie. The result is a more flexible and frictionless shopping experience for Goodsie retailers and their customers.
Goodsie is the easiest and most stylish way to make an online store. Our mission is to remove the complexity, time and cost from selling anything online. Priced at a flat rate of $15 per month with no transaction fees, Goodsie features a real-time design interface that enables anyone to point-and-click their way to a unique, elegant and branded storefront without any coding required.
Goodsie Launches To Make Online Retail Easy
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New York, NY May 2nd, 2011: HiiDef, the creators of Flavors.me, announced today the launch of Goodsie, the easiest way to set up a branded shop online. Retailers of all kinds, from eBay power sellers to artisans in handmade goods marketplaces or indie bands, need their own branded storefront to connect directly with their customers and drive brand awareness.
“While there are hundreds of e-commerce options available, they’re still too complex for most retailers to use themselves. You shouldn’t need to learn to code or pay thousands of dollars to sell handmade t-shirts online. Online retail should be easy.” said Jonathan Marcus, Founder and CEO of Goodsie.
Based on the same design system as Flavors.me, Goodsie features a real-time design interface, structured product filtering, real-time analytics, seamless integration with payment gateways such as Paypal, Google Checkout, Amazon Payments and much more. Goodsie costs $15 per month after a 30-day free trial.
New Flavors.me Controller
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How do you improve upon a design that you spent an entire year perfecting?
Go back to the drawing board and start from scratch of course! To accommodate all of the new functionality we have in store - services, layouts and more - Jack, Sean and Rob needed to rethink the core navigation structure and interaction methods of the Design Panel. A herculean task no doubt!
Modeled after the new generation of mobile devices which excel at presenting a lot of information in a small form factor, the new Design Panel is more compact, directed and conversational. Tabs are out, iconography is in and custom content elements like bio pages and maps are on the way! Most importantly, we hope the experience will now feel more guided and intuitive.
Less than two weeks ago, we resolved to re-build the Flavors Directory from scratch. It turned out like a modern, web-based version of the White or Yellow Pages.
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Flavors.me Drops Flash for Web Fonts Using @font-face in HTML5
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Flavors.me announced today support for web fonts using @font-face in HTML5.
Users can now access 50+ of the highest-quality fonts from FontSite, Mostar Design, CanadaType and many other top foundries. The transition from Flash to HTML5 also extends the Flavors experience to the iPad, iPod and other mobile platforms. Fonts are delivered in TrueType, WOFF, EOT and SVG for the best overall rendering quality and browser compatibility.
“Typography is a core element of the Flavors.me design process. Broad access to commercial fonts is an important step forward for the entire look and feel of the Internet. The advances in performance and personalization are profound. With well more than 100,000 users, this is among the largest implementations of web fonts using the @font-face standard,” said Flavors designer Jack Zerby. Flavors will continue to expand its library as more of the best professional fonts become available.
Additionally, Flavors.me is officially releasing a groundbreaking new grid-style layout system built to showcase the entire digital life stream at a glance. The grid uses a hierarchy structure that allows users to define the relative importance of each service within the page layout. “In the grid, user content defines the entire presentation. For the first time, information and design truly become one,” said Flavors designer Rob Morris.
Other notable features in this release include powerful meta data options for search engine and Facebook Open Graph optimization, as well as custom ‘favicons’ for even more brand control.
About Flavors.me / HiiDef:
Flavors.me allows anyone to create an elegant and dynamic website using personal content from around the Internet. It automatically organizes all kinds of information – Posterous blog posts, Twitter status updates, YouTube videos, Last.fm music listening habits, Flickr photos, LinkedIn resume details, Etsy store listings and more – into a constantly growing, interactive montage that is ideal for personal homepages, lifestreaming, digital business cards, brand marketing – and everything in between.
HiiDef is an Internet incubator that was founded in mid-2008. It owns and operates Flavors.me, Goodsie, Dashboard.me and Superkix. HiiDef’s team has a strong track record in the consumer Internet sector with experience from Vimeo, Digg, Mahalo, Zend, Wordpress, IAC, Pentagram and Digitalmash. The Company is distributed around the east coast of the United States, Canada and Australia.
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Underdesign: This week Flavors.me is finally rolling out its latest feature, the ‘Grid’ layout, which I had a hand in designing, but is due largely the ongoing work of Jack Zerby. Jack is one of the most underrated designers I know. He’s also one of the few designers I’ve worked with who really understands the value in underdesigning things.
This philosophy is certainly reflected in Flavors.me. After all, its whole purpose is to put its users center-stage. Still, that doesn’t mean there’s not an underlying system at work behind the scenes looking after everything from spacing to line-heights, font-sizes and floats. Hours and hours have been spent developing a system, in which, hopefully it’s kind of hard to make something ugly. The design is there. But while they’re creating their own page, most people will hopefully never notice it.
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HiiDef Inc. Identity
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Any designer will tell you the hardest job you’ll ever do is to design for yourself.
Even though I’ve been a part of HiiDef Inc. for a while now, there’s only recently been a need to put a ‘face’ to the name.
There were a few things that made this job tricky.
It’s got to be broad
HiiDef is a web product incubator that’s really hard to put into a single box. Because it’s a parent brand, not only does it need to reflect the company, but it needs to compliment the products we put out.
It’s got to be relevant
Well, I say relevant, but the name ‘HiiDef’ is inherited from one of Jonathan and David’s (founders) earlier businesses. So beyond the idea of something being ‘high definition’ there wasn’t too much of a connection.The new identity had to stay married to this name but also fit with the current company, which meant being simple, bold and flexible.
It’s just the beginning
Let’s get one thing straight: the brand doesn’t make the company. It’s the other way around. Still, whatever meaning we place on the branding, we wanted to be as excited about it as we are about our future.
So to start, I came up with some rough directional concepts that were intentionally pretty different. The hope was this would allow us to narrow a path from which I could start to refine things.
While the guys were excited with where we were going in round one, we all agreed that maybe we should have a look at a second round of ideas. Most of the concepts followed the most obvious ‘high definition’ angle. I also liked the idea of keeping the two ‘i’s lower case, as they reminded me of the two founders (and brothers) Jonathan and David.
One concept, however that turned out to be most popular from the second round batch was an abstract ‘H’ and ‘D’ formed through circles in a square. We were actually very close to deciding on this one, but I wasn’t happy. As a web company, I wanted something that could be shrunk to a 16×16 favicon and survive.
One, but many
Another direction that I liked from the second round of ideas used a very basic rounded rectangle shape and used changing backgrounds to give it more than one look. I know AOL (oh sorry, Aol.) had recently done something similar, and we were all conscious of not going down that path. What I liked about this approach was that it ticked two of the boxes straight away — what’s broader than a logo that’s always changing? Similarly, it gave us a lot of room for changing direction and keeping things fresh.
So the solution (it must seem obvious at this point) lay in combining these two ideas — a shape using the ‘H’ and ‘D’ in a form with enough symmetry and simplicity to be styled in many different ways. And unlike every other concept that I’d sent through for feedback, this seemed to get everyone mutually excited.
Flavors.me Launch & Premium Accounts Release
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Aventura, FL February 23, 2010: HiiDef Inc. announced today the public launch of http://flavors.me, and the introduction of premium accounts.
Flavors.me allows anyone to create an elegant website using personal content from around the Internet. It automatically organizes all kinds of information – Posterous blog posts, Twitter status updates, YouTube videos, Last.fm music listening habits, Flickr photos, LinkedIn resume details and more – into a constantly growing, interactive visual montage that is ideal for personal homepages, lifestreaming, digital business cards, splash and microsites, celebrity fan pages, brand marketing – and everything in between.
With the launch of premium accounts, Flavors.me is officially open for business. For $20 per year, users will have access to: custom URLs using A Records (easiest configuration, fewest DNS lookups and support for permalinks); real-time traffic statistics and support for Clicky and Google Analytics; and a lightbox-style contact form. In the coming weeks, Flavors.me will be releasing a more advanced layout framework, an updated members directory and powerful search and browsing tools.
During the past three months of private beta testing, more than 50,000 Flavors.me accounts have been created. In February alone, the site generated more than 275,000 unique visitors. Dana Oshiro from Read Write Web covered the beta with a post titled “10 Code-Free Minutes to a Sexier Web Presence”, Daniel Raffel from Yahoo included us in his TechCrunch guest blog post “From A Geek’s Geek: Daniel Raffel’s Favorite New Projects, Products and Features of 2009” and Mark Krynsky from the Lifestreamblog wrote a “Build a Beautiful Lifestream Quickly with Flavors.me”.
All beta features are now publicly available and will remain free indefinitely. Flavors.me currently aggregates API-data from 15 of the most popular social media sites, in addition to most RSS/Atom feeds. Both free and premium accounts will have access to new content as Flavors.me continue to integrate more services such as Soundcloud, Picassa, Yelp and Gowalla. Flavors.me will soon be switching to exclusively licensed @font-face web embeddable fonts, which use HTML5 instead of Flash on compatible browsers.
The Flavors.me team will be presenting at SXSW Interactive’s Meet the Press Event on Saturday, March 13th at 11:15 AM. For the Flavors.me user Gallery visit: http://flavors.me/directory and for user feedback visit: http://flavors.me/feedback.
About HiiDef Inc.:
HiiDef is a web services incubator that was founded in mid-2008. It owns and operates Superkix, Flavors.me and Goodsie. HiiDef Inc.’s team has a strong track record in the consumer Internet sector with experience from Vimeo, Digg, Meetup, Zend, IAC, Pentagram and Digitalmash. HiiDef Inc.’s core group is a distributed team based around the East Coast of the US.
John Wehr Joins HiiDef as CTO
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To be kind, we had ‘explored’ a handful of proprietary and open-source frameworks. It was time to call in the heavy artillery. After failing to persuade him to accept a whacky deferred compensation offer to build Superkix earlier in the year, I asked John Wehr to step in and save the project. The idea behind Flavors.me is that simple systems can produce complex patterns (A New Kind of Science, Wolfram). After a couple weeks of blunt conversation, it was clear that only John could build the type of system we were still envisioning.
I have found that adhering to the operational frameworks provided by Jim Collins and Sun Tzu removes a good deal of confusion that arises during the company building process. And I have encountered few others as capable as John of filling the archetypal technical leadership role that Collins or Sun Tzu would surely require were they pursuing an Internet-related endeavor. So it is with great excitement that I announce HiiDef Inc. has hired John Wehr as its Chief Technology Officer!
John will be manning a booth at PyCon Atlanta in a couple weeks. We are actively looking for Python/Django experts to join the HiiDef team. So if you fit the bill, please find a way to introduce yourself either at PyCon in Atlanta, or digitally via the Internet.