Saturday, May 26, 2012

Do and Don't: Light Up!

Do you know that the brightest stores catches the most eyes? Ditto with the brightest spots inside a selling space, hence features and focals gets the most light. I am not saying to equally light up the entire floor, as lighting when used properly, can create drama and lead the eye from one point to the next. That is why I often feel bad for stores who are not aware of this. Not only are they losing "eyes" they are also losing sales.
DO: A nice bright clean window display attracts a good amount of attention. The lighting is bright enough to fight the outside glare so merchandise on display is easily seen. Not only does this window display attract attention, I also notice customers walking in looking for a specific piece they saw in this window.

DON'T: When a space is dark, most customers often ignore it. Such a waste of a great opportunity to showcase the shop's merchandise. It was difficult to take a good photo of this window due to the reflection from the main mall corridor. I had to struggle to find an angle that shows the merchandise best. The reflection of brighter things across this window is more dominant than the very products being sold.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Do and Don't: Do you walk looking up?!

Its funny how some retailers assume customers walk with their heads tilted up. This is evident in the signage they install not only in their shop windows but also inside the store. Some stores put up their signs too high with small print that I am not sure whose attention they expect to catch. Don't they realize we humans walk looking forward, turning our heads comfortably 45 degrees left or right? I say 9' high as their highest is good for directional signs as we expect to look up to search for directions (e.g. exits, washrooms, etc). However for large store signs, I say 6-8' high is workable. For signs that announces an event with small print, don't you think eye level is best?
DO: This is a good height for the shop's announcement poster (left). Its easy to read and one can't miss this.

DON'T: Does the store really expect customers to notice this sign while walking past this window? Much less, read it? It might be my age or the reflection from the mall lighting  but I tried reading the sign's small print and no matter how hard I try, I simply could not.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Do and Don't: Window NO NOs

When small stores need the window space to merchandise products for sale, one way to create this set-up is to group things by colour within a category to make it look like products belong in a single theme.

DO: With multiple items from different suppliers, this window still maintains its integrity simply by being grouped by colour. The large clear vases on the right most of the top table was filled with coloured water that matched the overall colour theme.

DON'T: Avoid displaying item together that have no relation to its use. For example, footwear with Canadiana souvenirs, or baseball caps with formal wear brooches together in one window.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Do and Don't: The Perils of Live Mannequins

DO: This example of a window display using live mannequins show professional models working their best to create interest in the store and their products.

DON'T: This female model is indeed creating interest, just not in a positive way. I do feel bad for her, however she is supposed to promote merchandise, not show how tired she is.