Designer Pages is a unique application that caters to architects and designers. The site has built a community that can share products, information and articles they find interesting through their personally designed pages. The user can compile a page to create a personalized resource gallery that they can use as a reference for a project or personal use. Items they are considering can be added and listed accordingly so that the user can review all of their options at once, right beside each other. Items users add to their Designer Pages are available for the entire community to review, which creates a valuable exchange of information and knowledge. Users can learn or share their knowledge and much more through Designer Pages.
Designer Pages was founded in 2007 by Jacob Slevin and Avi Flobaum. Even though its headquarters are located in New York City, Designer Pages reaches out to those in the architecture and design fields from all over the world. The site was created to be a product management tool. Designer Pages has developed even further by creating a community that can share their knowledge and help spread information about products and other items architects and designers deem important or valuable. It is a tailored social network built on products and personally designed libraries.
Designer Pages is focused on architecture and design, which is not a common find among internet applications. The site is also very versatile, allowing the user to compile a library the way they see fit. It is entirely up to the user, but the entire community can benefit as well. Each item added is available to all users on Designer Pages.
Designer Pages uses a red and white color scheme that creates an appealing, unique contrast without appearing unprofessional. A new visitor is welcomed with color screenshots depicting items and features. The homepage also includes a large product search tool prominently displayed for quick access. Each item is well organized, including all relevant details about a product or other item that the user wants to see as well as a color image. The images are a huge plus because they make listings much easier to review at a glance.
New visitors that want to become members can click on the white “register” link at the top right hand corner of the Designer Pages homepage. The registration form asks the user to choose an account type (either a designer searching for products or a supplier offering products), a first and last name, email address, password, company name, and zip code. The user is also required to enter an invitation code, which can be requested by clicking on the blue “Need one?” link beside the header for that field. The invitation code request form asks for a name and email address.
Anyone can create a Designer Pages account for free. The site benefits by having more of both users. Suppliers add to the existing data base of products while designers use those listings and possibly make a purchase. The features are simple, so the free price tag is definitely a good choice for the site. For the most part, it is well worth the time to create an account and start using Designer Pages for free.
Designer Pages is definitely intended for architects and designers. The products available would appeal mostly to these groups, so anyone else might not find the information and tools nearly as valuable. The site incorporates a number of features that make it easy to compile a library and add products for designers. Suppliers can also monitor stats to see which products users find more appealing.