Big Cartel Blog

Updated Mobile Admin

The Big Cartel Mobile Admin keeps getting better. In addition to improving the navigation, we’ve added dashboard data, including numbers for Weekly and Daily Visitors.

To see the updated Mobile Admin in action, log in from any mobile device at manage.bigcartel.com. Pro Tip: Save the link as a shortcut on your home screen for faster access.

Snakebite Styles

We just couldn’t help ourselves and went ahead and tried out a few more options with our new theme, Snakebite. In addition to the work that was put into making this theme perfect for mobile devices, the variety of fonts and little details like the View Badges can make a big difference in how your store looks.

"Branded" on Shed Labs

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #222222
  • Highlight: #00ADEE
  • Accent : #EDEDED
  • Header font: “Open Sans”
  • Text font: “Open Sans”
  • View Badges: “checked”

"Pastel" on Jon Knox

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #BB92D4
  • Highlight: #D3FFFE
  • Accent : #FFFCD3
  • Header font: “Copse”
  • Text font: “Overlock”
  • View Badges: “checked”

Matching the Snakebite theme colors to your logo or a product collection makes the shop look cohesive, but never boring. Check it out in your admin.

Print It Forward

Print It Forward is a new program developed to give future students an opportunity to cultivate their talents at the School of Advertising Art. Here’s how it works: each month, a t-shirt and corresponding letterpress print will be designed and released in limited runs with all proceeds going to the Daniel E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the SAA.

Read the full details over at Graphic Design USA Magazine »

Snakebite Styles

To show off the versatility of our new theme, Snakebite, we worked with Fuzzco to dress some of our favorite shops in this unconventional new theme and came up with a list of styles that’ll give you a head start in working with Snakebite to refresh the look of your storefront.

"Minimal" on Herriott Grace

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #333333
  • Highlight: #E9E9E9
  • Accent : #FFFFFF
  • Header font: “Playfair Display”
  • Text font: “Montserrat”
  • View Badges: “unchecked”

"Far-from-minimal" on Crowns Guam

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF
  • Primary color: #FF00A8
  • Highlight: #FFB128
  • Accent : #82CECA
  • Header font: “Vampiro One”
  • Text font: “Chewy”
  • View Badges: “checked”

Whether it’s simple sophistication, or the neon colors from your old Trapper Keeper, Snakebite is up for the challenge. Give it a test-drive in your admin now.

Follow along on Instagram »

New Theme: Snakebite

We’re extremely proud to announce another brand-new theme to add to our growing list. Introducing the first of many commissioned, creative, highly-customizable themes: Snakebite!

Snakebite is a colorful, extremely flexible, new theme brought to you by our good friends at Fuzzco. We approached Fuzzco with a blank canvas and asked for a theme that broke from our norm and gave shops a fresh, incredibly unique take on the typical Big Cartel theme. They came back with a theme full of personality (the intentionally-askew product grid makes an instant statement), packed with features, and ready for a shop looking to make a visual statement. And oh yeah, as if the design wasn’t exciting enough, they went and named it Snakebite, the coolest theme name we’ve heard in a while.

Here’s what Fuzzco had to say about working on Snakebite:

"We wanted to create a theme that works for a broad range of users without being too generic, a theme that allows users to express individual personality without looking undesigned or unthoughtful. Snakebite’s customization allows for an enormous amount of energy or subtle elegance. We believe strongly in freedom, flexibility, and giving power to individuals and Snakebite covers all of those bases."

Sounds great, gimme the details:

  • 100% mobile-ready. Extremely easy to navigate on tablets and smartphones
  • Slideshow galleries on product pages. (swipeable on mobile devices)
  • Social share buttons on all product pages (tweet, share and pin with ease)
  • Drop-down menus for artist categories, pages, and product types
  • Customizable, quickly-uploaded background and accent images

Check out the Fuzzco shop to see Snakebite in action, or hop in your admin and give it a spin yourself.

Matt Taylor’s print shop is officially open for business: matttaylordraws.bigcartel.com

Announcing Image Slideshows

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We’re very pleased to announce custom image slideshows: a simple feature that lets you upload a gallery of beautiful images to give your products the stage they deserve.

Ready to try it out? You’re in luck, we’ve already updated the Luna theme with a spiffy homepage slideshow available now in your admin. We’re really excited to see how you use this new feature, and for those of you with a little CSS know-how, you can completely customize these slideshows, or even create a custom page to showcase a new collection.

See the new slideshow in action: testdriveluna.bigcartel.com

Our Luna theme currently showcases this great feature exclusively, but we’ll start using it in more and more themes down the road. Theme designers will soon have the ability to add image sets directly into their theme settings, giving shop owners (you!) the ability to upload a full gallery of your own custom images. Perfect for things like: a slideshow promoting new products on the home page, a custom lookbook page for a new apparel line, or just a simple gallery of images —the possibilities are endless.

Things you need to know:

  • Stores currently using Luna will need to revert back to the default version of the theme to access the new slideshow feature. You’ll lose any customization changes so make sure you note those before you revert.
  • Using the free Gold plan? No sweat. The free plan allows for up to 5 images, while all paid plans support even more!

Recap: The Makers Summit

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Maker’s Summit in Greenville, SC and boy, did we have a good time. The fine folks at Indie Craft Parade sure know how to throw a party. The day-long workshop was packed from sunup to sundown—from the get-go we were surrounded by an inspiring community of makers and doers. We had the chance to hold down Resource Row along with some of the best toolmakers in the biz: MailChimp, Virb, Square and more.

The super supportive community in Greenville came ready to learn. We presented the Big Cartel story at a panel on “The Virtual Marketplace” with Michelle from Square Market and Jarod from Scoutmob. Our message was simple: We Believe in the Artist. We believe that given the right tools, creative minds will make unique goods that thrive in a world of mass-produced junk.

A majority of the attendees were shop owners just starting out (our sweet spot) and put us through the ringer trying to find the best solution for their young brands. We always come away from these things recommitted to making our product better, and reminded of just how dedicated the army of sellers is that calls Big Cartel home.

New Field Guide: Customer Care

Big Cartel’s shiny new field guide walks you through the best practices of world-class customer care. From tips on open and honest communication, to setting up simple, time-saving policies for your store, this guide has it all.

Having issues with shipping? Be open about it. Frustrated customer leave a negative comment on an Instagram post? Address it clearly and sincerely.

Take a little time to read through the guide and apply some of the practices in your own shop. Your fans will thank you for it and probably even spread the word about the gold-star service they received.

Read the new field guide now »