I’ve recently joined a new print on demand (POD) site – behappy.me
The point of this site is to create uplifting, inspirational designs that make people feel good. The product range is relatively limited compared to other PODs (posters, greeting cards and t-shirts so far), but that’s part of what I like about it. The options available on the bigger PODs can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes!
Behappy also has a simple interface – rather than uploading pre-created designs, you use their design tool to create your poster using text and (if you want) a small number of graphic elements. You then choose a colour scheme, although the buyer can change this. At first I found the lack of formatting options a bit frustrating, but now I’m really enjoying the simplicity of it. I’ve created 23 posters so far, and will no doubt do many more, because it’s a lot of fun.
The only thing I strongly dislike is how they use infinite scrolling when displaying the designs. This is ok if there aren’t a lot to look at, but when you have a store with a lot of designs, or you want to browse all the search results, it quickly becomes unwieldly, hard to navigate, and a huge drain on the computer’s resources. It’s ironic that infinite scroll is meant to be more mobile-friendly, yet I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had my iPad browser crash when the page got too large.
Unfortunately, Behappy isn’t alone in jumping on this trend – Cafepress now use it on their designer profile pages and (even worse) in the backend. IMO, infinite scroll is perfect for sites like Pinterest and Twitter, where there’s a non-stop stream of content that you just dip in and out of, but for an e-commerce site (or a blog for that matter) where the user might want to browse through all or most of a large section of content, it’s just not user-friendly. Of course some may think it’s wonderful, but I wish these sites would at least let users have the option to switch to traditional pagination instead.
Anyhow, I went off on a ranty tangent there! But scrolling woes aside, I like Behappy a lot, and encourage anyone reading to try it out. There are a lot of designs to choose from, or you can easily make your own.